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2017 Annual Conference - Registration opened 6/1/17

We would like to invite you to attend the 2017 Annual Conference organized by the Executive Committee of the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia, which will be held from October 18 - 20, 2017 at the historic Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia.  BH
The conference begins with a walking tour of the Town of Halifax with tour stops highlighting small town revitalization on Wednesday afternoon followed by dinner at Berry Hill. Thursday begins with a keynote address by John McCarthy, about how rural localities can discover, capitalize and showcase the local resources they already have locally to sustain and grow their rural economies. Other speakers will highlight examples of rural assets and how they have been highlighted in their own communities such as artisan trails, parks and greenways and historic resources.  Next we will have a session about proffers and conditional zoning led by a local government attorney. After lunch we'll have a lightning round focusing on several timely topics of interest for local planners. 

 A session on how local government can create planning teams to work with other local authorities like school boards to plan for construction of new facilities will 
conclude Thursday's session prior to the short annual business meeting.  

Thursday afternoon before dinner, we will have a hike on the Tobacco Heritage Trail.  Following dinner remember to join us for some great music by a local live band and our ever popular annual awards ceremony!
AICP Certification Maintenance
The conference concludes with sessions on planning ethics, legislation and law Friday morning. Unless noted, all sessions will have AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits.

Virginia RPC is an organization that is dedicated to identifying, publicizing and satisfying the unique planning needs of small towns and rural areas.  Every year the RPC Executive Committee works hard to organize a conference where rural planning professionals from around Virginia and surrounding states can discuss important rural planning topics and network to better promote and sustain resilient rural communities.

2017 marks 39 continuous years that RPC has been hosting an annual conference for rural planning professionals.  We also support the next generation of rural planners by offering an annual $1,000 scholarship to a planning student to continue their studies.  Since 1999, RPC has awarded over $12,000  to college students at Virginia universities with planning programs.  
Please visit our Past Conferences page to see what kind of conference topics and activities we have covered in prior years.   

Conference Schedule

The 2017 conference is expected to provide full conference participants with a total of up to 11 CM credits - including ethics and legal credits.  If your two-year AICP reporting period is almost over, you'll appreciate these CM credits!  
The final conference agenda can be found here:

Final 2017 Conference Agenda (revised 10/11/2017)

Registration Information

 Conference Registration (updated 9/29/2017)

All attendees need to register for the conference online by clicking the link below.  Online registration opened June 1, 2017 and closed Friday, October 13, 2017. Those who wish to register after October 13th should contact Andy Sorrell. Guests/spouses of attendees who will be having meals also need to register. Please contact Andy Sorrell to register a spouse or guest. 

1. Full Conference Registration - $375.00 includes all meals and events.

2. Day Conference Registration w/ Dinner -  $200.00 includes attendance at sessions on Thursday and dinner on Wednesday or Thursday night.

3. Day Conference Registration w/o Dinner - $160.00 includes attendance at sessions on Thursday or Friday with no dinner included.

4. Spouse/Guest Full Conference Registration -
 $175.00 includes all meals.  Contact Andy Sorrell to register a spouse or guest.   

5. SPONSOR 1 DAY REGISTRATION  - $75.00 includes all meals for 1 day.

6. SPONSOR FULL REGISTRATION -  $150.00 includes all meals.  

  • Online Payment: The website processes credit card payments from VISA, MC and Discover as well as via PayPal. 
  • Payment by Check: If you prefer to pay by check, please click the “Pay by check” option when you are registering and print and mail the invoice with a check made payable to: “Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia” to the RPC Treasurer, Ms. Sharon Angle,  P.O. Box 2721, Staunton, VA  24402.  

Registration for the 2017 Conference is Closed.

Who Else Has Registered?

Click the link below to see who else has registered for the 2017 conference. 

2017 Registrants

Registration Scholarship Availability

Thinking of giving RPC a try? A limited number of registration scholarships (in the form of a discounted registration rate) are available for 2017.   Please contact RPC Chair Christy Straight to check on availability.

Lodging Information

Lodging for the 2017 conference is in the historic Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia.  Lodging is separate from conference registration. The 2017 lodging rates are:

                $91 per night (plus taxes) for a single or double room. 


There is no extra charge for a spouse /  guest staying in the same room.


For those that desire to arrive earlier than the conference or stay later after the conference ends, Berry Hill Resort will be offering the rooms at the same conference rate.  When making reservations, please mention that you are attending the RPC conference.  Reservation can be made by calling:

Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center

(434) 517-7000

 The RPC room block was released to the general public on October 13, 2017.  If you are unable to make a room reservation, please contact Andy Sorrell who may be able to match you with someone looking for a roommate or find another rooming option.

Conference Sponsorship

Becoming a RPC sponsor is easy. We offer sponsorship at multiple price-points, and Silver and Gold Levels come with conference registration(s).  If you are interested in learning about our conference sponsorship options, please visit our Sponsorship webpage.

Thanks to the following organizations who have already agreed to be 2017 sponsors:



 Dominion Energy











 EPR PC 2017