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2007 RRRC Living Towns:  Village of Sperryville





"Sperryville: Gateway to the New Economy"
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Old Schoolhouse
Sperryville, VA
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

The sixth annual RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop, held in the beautiful Village of Sperryville in Rappahannock County was yet another information-packed and enjoyable, well attended proceeding.  The theme of this year's workshop, Sperryville: Gateway to the New Economy, featured a broad range of experienced and knowledgeable presenters on topics applicable to community leaders from both the public and private sectors, together with well-known author and Washington Post reporter, Joel Garreau, as keynote speaker, with a presentation entitled: "The Santa Fe-ing of the Piedmont." Another highlight was a lunchtime bus tour of Sperryville and surrounding vicinity led by longtime Rappahannock County Administrator and RRRC Board Member John McCarthy. Our thanks to all for a most informative day!

But most of all, our thanks to the following for their first-rate presentations and invaluable insights.

Village of Sperryville Living Towns Brochure

Workshop Agenda

Presentation materials are available for selected panelists below. All files are in .pdf format.

Welcome & Introductions
John W. McCarthy, Rappahannock County Administrator

Panel #1

Moderator: Tom Tepper, Member, Rappahannock Cnty Planning Commission
Claire Collins, City Mgr, City of Covington & former Bath County Administrator (presentation)
Ann Heidig, President, Virginia Wineries Assn & Owner, Lake Anna Winery (presentation)
Todd Christensen, Deputy Director of Community Development, DHCD (presentation)

Panel #2
Moderator: Jim Gannon, Owner and Publisher, Rappahannock Voice
Sarah Cohen, President, Rt. 11 Potato Chip Company
Catharine Gilliam, Virginia Program Mgr, National Parks Conservation Assn (presentation)
Chris Thompson, Policy Analyst, Dept. of Housing & Community Dev. (presentation)

Keynote Speaker: Joel Garreau, author of Edge City and Radical Evolution, and Washington Post reporter (presentation)

Panel #3
Moderator: Todd Benson, Fauquier Cnty Field Officer, Piedmont Env. Council
Caroline Wilkinson, Program Mgr, VA Natural Resources Leadership Institute (presentation)
Wirt Confroy, Director, Electronic Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation (presentation)
Kim Hart, Contract Manager, Windy Hill Development Foundation (presentation)
Jeff Trollinger, Watchable Wildlife Program Mgr, VA DGIF (presentation)

Jim Gannon, Owner and Publisher, Rappahannock Voice (article)

Above: Participants check-in at the Old Schoolhouse (Courtesy Mike Flynn) Above: Historic Sperryville, from the collection of Charles "Pete" Estes (Photo Courtesy Mike Flynn)
Above Photo courtesy Mike Flynn Above: RRRC Executive Director Jeff Walker and Sue Hromyak handle some last minute preparation (Courtesy Mike Flynn)
Above: RRRC Executive Director Jeff Walker welcomes participants to the 2007 Living Towns (Courtesy Mike Flynn) Above: Rappahannock County Administrator and RRRC Commissioner John McCarthy (Courtesy Mike Flynn)
Above (l - r): Moderator Tom Tepper with panelists Claire Collins, Ann Heidig and Todd Christensen Above: 2007 Living Towns Workshop participants in Sperryville's Old Schoolhouse building.
Above: Participants discuss Workshop proceedings (Courtesy Mike Flynn) Above: The Schoolhouse in Sperryville, site of the 2007 Living Towns Workshop
Above: Moderator Jim Gannon with panelists Sarah Cohen, Catharine Gilliam and Chris Thompson Above: 2007 Living Towns Workshop participants.
Above: Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy led participants on a Sperryville area bus tour (Courtesy Mike Flynn) Above: A sample of the available views in the Sperryville vicinity (Courtesy Mike Flynn)
Above (l-r): Jim Gannon, Keynote Speaker Joel Garreau and RRRC Executive Director Jeff Walker Above: Keynote Speaker Joel Garreau discusses the Santa Fe-ing of the Piedmont
Above: A beautiful day outside the Old Schoolhouse greeted Living Towns participants (Courtesy Mike Flynn) Above: RRRC Commissioners Bob Coiner, Bob Miller and John McCarthy outside the Old Schoolhouse (Courtesy Mike Flynn)
Above: The post-workshop reception was held at Sperryville's Long View Gallery

Sponsoring Organizations

Rappahannock County
Virginia Department of Transportation
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission




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