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Wed, May 18, 2011, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

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Event contact

Tony Castrilli 
Director of Communications, Alexandria 
(703) 746-3958 
Jennifer K. Smith, VGC President
Arlington County
(703) 228-7510


United Way Headquarters, Mary Gates Learning Ctr (with free Wi-Fi onsite!)
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Onsite parking is limited. Please carpool if possible (which also helps our environment.) Metered spaces also are available on the surrounding streets.

Hotels: Several are located blocks away from the conference locations, including a Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.


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Conference Rates

VGC Members: $45
Attend and Join VGC: $60
Non-Members: $80

Spring 2011 Conference -- Wednesday, May 18, 2011

8:30 - 9:00AM     Registration -- Coffee and Light Fare

9:00AM     Welcome Remarks -- Bruce Johnson, Acting City Manager, Alexandria

9:30-10:45AM     SESSION 1 (panel): Connecting with New Media & the Future of Journalism

11:00am to Noon     SESSION 2: The Next Big Thing

Peter Corbett, CEO & Founder of iStrategy Labs – Social media marketing, digital word of mouth, civic innovations, and much more. If you've thought of it, iStrategy Labs has probably done it – including work for government agencies and non-profits. They focus on work that benefits communities and their clients. 

Noon - 1:00PM     LUNCH
In this lunch-time session, get to know your colleagues from around the state by sharing ideas, questions, and innovations.

1:00-2:30PM    SESSION 3 (panel): Government Engagement Strategies

  • Tracy Viselli – Community Manager for ACTion Alexandria, which launched to help provide citizens with an online platform and tools to make community action and problem solving easier
  • Erin Edgerton, Director, New Media and Strategic Communications, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Priya RameshDirector, Social Media, CRT/tanaka
  • Steve Lunceford  – Communications Strategist for Deloitte’s Public Sector; also founder of, and a co-host of

2:30PM     Closing & Final Remarks

Registration is now closed for this event.