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2013 RRRC Living Towns: Town of Orange


"Tourism & Economic Development:
Capitalizing on Area Assets"

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Orange Presbyterian Church
162 Main Street
Orange, Virginia
8:30am to 3:30pm

The 10th RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop was held August 22 in the historic Town of Orange, a return to the site of the inaugural workshop in 2002.

This year's proceeding, with the theme of Tourism & Economic Development: Capitalizing on Area Assets, featured three dynamic panels of speakers on topics ranging from the economic development potential of trails, parks and recreation and agriculture, to successful strategies of bed and breakfast consortia and local transportation committees to tools for public engagement.

Attendees gained invaluable insights not only from a roster of accomplished practitioners, but fellow attendees from across the Commonwealth.

A mid-day walking tour of historic downtown, and post-workshop reception at The Arts Center in Orange rounded out the information-filled event.

Our thanks to sponsors, speakers, moderators, and attendees for another successful installment in the popular annual series.

We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's workshop!

Workshop Brochure & Registration Form  |  Workshop Agenda

Welcome & Introductions
Chuck Mason, Mayor, Town of Orange
Teel Goodwin, Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors
Jeffrey Walker, AICP, Executive Director, RRRC

Panel #1
Moderator: Tom Woolfolk, Treasurer, Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Wirt Confroy, Director of Partnership Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation | Presentation
Sean O'Brien, PhD, Executive Vice-President & COO, James Madison's Montpelier
Amy Hager, Administrator, Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia | Presentation

Panel #2
Moderator: Sharon Elswick, Owner, The Holladay House, Orange, VA
David Lamb, Owner, Oakland Heights Farm
Kevin Byrd, AICP, Executive Director, New River Valley PDC | Presentation
Larry Miller, Director, Fauquier County Department of Parks & Recreation | Presentation

Panel #3
Moderator: John Cooley, AICP, Director of Community Development, Town of Orange
Brad Jarvis, Madison County Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension | Presentation
Susan Eddy, Chief of Planning, Fauquier County Deparment of Community Development | Presentation
Dan Mahon, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor, Albemarle County | Presentation
Spencer Neale, Director of Commodity Marketing, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation | Presentation

Page Sullenberger, Town of Orange Planning Commissioner

Above: Downtown Orange, VA
Above: Workshop presenter Wirt Confroy discussed Maximizing Tourism Potential
Above: Orange, VA
Above: Workshop participants at Orange Presbyterian Church, Orange, VA
Above: Orange, VA
Above: Main Street in Orange, VA
Above: RRRC Chair Harry Hopkins welcomed workshop participants to the Town of Orange
Above: Workshop presenter Kevin Byrd discussed Tools for Public Engagement
Above: Workshop participants on a walking tour of historic Orange, VA
Above: Workshop participants in Orange Presbyterian Church, Orange, VA
Above: RRRC Commissioner Greg Woods speaks with guests at the post-workshop reception at The Arts Center in Orange
Above: RRRC Commissioner John Fox Sullivan

   AICP CM 4.5 credits Approved

This Workshop is sponsored by




Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org