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Annual Events

1340 N. Great Neck Road, #1272-128 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 Phone: 757-412-2664 VEDA@AssociationBuilders.com

Each year VEDA hosts five key events to promote continuing education and networking among members and to help shape public policy. Program topics at conferences and membership meetings vary in an effort to address current issues and trends. Diverse topics are geared to support economic development professionals serving large and small, urban and rural communities. DURING GENERAL ASSEMBLY VEDA LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION MARCH SPRING CONFERENCE JUNE SUMMER MEMBERSHIP MEETING SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER FALL CONFERENCE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER WINTER/ANNUAL MEETING

“As a young professional, VEDA has proven to be an invaluable gateway into economic development. I leave each VEDA conference with new ideas for my office and a renewed sense of optimism about the great things taking place in Virginia. I can’t recommend membership strongly enough for anyone who wants to meet, network with, and learn from the best professionals in the business.”

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— STEVE HARRISON, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH MANAGER, VIRGINIA BEACH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, VEDA BOARD MEMBER, CHAIR OF YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE

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CEcD COACHING Study groups and resources for members pursuing their CEcD

— DEBORAH FLIPPO, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER, DRAPER ADEN ASSOCIATES, 2016 VEDA PRESIDENT

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (CEDA) Awards recognizing best practices in Virginia

Ethical Professional Accountable Collaborative Supportive Spirited Inclusive

Advocating through public policy initiatives

Educating through professional development programs

Sharing best practices and innovative strategies

Promoting the value of economic development

Supporting the career path of the economic development professional

The Voice of Economic Deve lopment in Virginia

PUBLIC POLICY Communicating top economic development priorities to legislators SCHOLARSHIPS Financial assistance awarded to members pursuing educational opportunities ($10,000 +/- each year) YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Networking and educational opportunities specifically for members under 40

Free registration (non-transferrable) to VEDA’s annual Legislative Reception

Discount of 10% on registration fees for the Spring and Fall Conferences and Summer and Winter Membership meetings

Receipt of event registration lists in advance of event

Cornerstone Member designation on name badges for events

Two $25 discounts for non-member registrations at Spring and Fall Conferences and Summer and Winter Membership meetings

Other benefits to be determined based upon unique programming opportunities

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Interactive sessions designed to enhance career development

Spotlight in VEDALink, VEDA’s electronic newsletter with distribution to nearly 600 members and partners

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Available to any individual who is employed by a Virginia-based company and who has a professional interest in economic development. Membership privileges at this level include holding office and voting as well as VEDA webinars and member rates for events. Must reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Cornerstone membership is VEDA’s premier membership level and is capped at 50 members in any calendar year. Cornerstone members receive the following additional benefits to their membership:

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professional interest in economic development in Virginia.

MENTOR-ON-CALL Assistance from members to help navigate challenging circumstances

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LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS Recognition of legislators who promote favorable economic development policies

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The Virginia Economic Developers Association is a non-profit,

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“The professional relationships and friendships that I have made through my involvement with VEDA are incredible. There is no better way to grow your knowledge in the field and learn from colleagues across the Commonwealth than by joining and becoming involved in VEDA.” — DEBBIE MELVIN, PROJECT MANAGER, VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP, 2017 VEDA PRESIDENT

ASSOCIATE Available to those individuals who reside outside of Virginia. Associate members may vote but may not hold office.

STUDENT Available to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution. Student members must be sponsored by a VEDA member and are entitled to all membership privileges except holding office.

“Some of the most memorable and rewarding moments of my professional life have been while working with a dedicated group of VEDA professionals to help shape economic development policy in Virginia. The tremendous amount of professional knowledge and the many wonderful friendships that I gained during my 20 plus years in the organization will always be a highlight of my economic development career.” — R. KENT HILL, CEcD, SENIOR MANAGER, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, DOMINION VIRGINIA POWER, VEDA PAST PRESIDENT

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CARDINAL COUNCIL Lifetime service awards for dedicated members

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS “I joined VEDA in 2002, and it has been an association unmatched in its opportunities for networking, education and advocacy. During my membership and service on the VEDA Board, I have formed business and personal relationships that will last the rest of my career.”

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CARDINAL COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Community assessments and assistance provided by the Cardinal Council

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VEDA MEMBER BENEFITS

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