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2021 Annual Conference - Registration now open!

We would like to invite you to attend our 42nd Annual Conference organized by the Executive Committee of the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia, which will be held from September 29 - October 1, 2021 at the historic Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia.  

The conference begins Wednesday afternoon in Blacksburg for a workshop on creative trail networks to hear speakers and then hike a portion of the McDonald Hollow Park trail system. Dinner Wednesday night will be in Mary's Barn preceded by a welcome reception at 6 pm.  Thursday morning focuses on new strategies for working and living in rural Virginia and a session on siting solar facilities. The after lunch sessions include state and federal funding opportunities. Following a short business meeting (open to all attendees) a panel discussion on legal and legislative issues will be held followed by the annual hike up the mountain at 5 pm.  A reception in Mary's Barn begins at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and very special livemusic   entertainment including our ever popular annual awards ceremony!

AICP Certification Maintenance
The conference concludes with a morning session on the pending release of the 2020 census data and how it will be used as well as a session on hemp and marijuana  and how they relate to the law, timeframe and expectations.  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.

2021 marks 42 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 $13,000  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 2021 conference is expected to provide full conference participants with around 10-12 CM credits - including 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:

2021 Conference Agenda (last revised 9/20/2021)

Conference Registration Information

All attends need to register for the conference online by clicking the link below.  The conference registration does not include meals or lodging.   Mountain Lake Lodge includes meals with the lodging costs - so paying for lodging also pays for your meals.  If you do not need lodging, but desire to join us for meals, day attendee registration options are available below. 
Online registration closed Friday, September 24, 2021. 

2021 Conference Registration Options:

  • Full Registration - $125: This option is for those that also have lodging at Mountain Lake and whose meals are already included in their lodging costs.
  • Day Attendee Option 1- $205:  This option is for those who do not have lodging at Mountain Lake and includes one day of meals (i.e. for those attending just Thursday).  Cost includes the conference registration and meals for 1 day (including applicable meal taxes). 

  • Day Attendee Option 2- $285This option is for those who do not have lodging at Mountain Lake and includes two (2) day of meals (i.e. for those day attends attending the full conference).  Cost includes the conference registration and meals for 2 days (including applicable meal taxes). 
  • Life Member Registration - $100: This option is only available for those RPC members who have been designated Life members by the Executive Committee.

Important Note:If you are a sponsor, please check with Christy Straight before registering for the conference. Silver sponsors receive one (1) complimentary registration and Gold and Platinum receives two (2) registrations.

2021 Conference Registration Payment Options:

  • Online Payment: The website processes credit card payments securely via PayPal. Credit cards accepted include from VISA, MC and Discover.  You do not need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal - just click the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" option once select pay online 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.  
Register for 2021 Conference Here!

Lodging & Meals Information

Lodging for the 2021 conference is at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia.  Lodging at Mountain Lake Lodge is separate from the conference registration cost.  All meals are included in the lodging costs. The 2021 lodging rates are:

2021 Lodging Rates

Single - $171.00 per night (plus taxes )

Double – $243.00 per night (plus taxes)

NOTE: The per night lodging rate includes a meal plan of breakfast, lunch and dinner and your meal GRATUITY.  You do not need to provide tips. The double lodging rate include two meal plans. 

Lodging Information:

  • 1) When making reservations, please mention that you are attending the RPC conference. 
  • 2) For those that desire to arrive earlier than the conference or stay later after the conference ends, Mountain Lake Lodge will be offering the same lodging rate two days before and two days after the conference.
  • 3) Mountain Lake Lodge requires a first night's room deposit that is guaranteed with a credit card when reservations are made. 
  • 4) Hotel check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM. 
  • 5) RPC's block of rooms will be released on August 30th (extended from July 30th).  To be sure you receive RPC's lodging rate, make sure to mention you are attending the RPC conference. 
  • 6) Lodging Cancellations/ Refunds:  In order to receive a refund on the deposit provided when your reservation was made,  all cancellations must be made within 14 days prior to arrival.  Any cancellation after this date results in the loss of the one night deposit provided when the reservation was made.  This is the policy of Mountain Lake Lodge and RPC has no control on lodging reservation refunds.

    7) Reservation can be made by calling:

Mountain Lake Lodge Reservations:
(540) 626-7121

Who Else Has Registered?

Click the link below to see who else has registered for the 2021 conference. 

20172021 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 2021.   Please contact Tripp Little at to check on availability.

Conference Sponsorship

Becoming a RPC sponsor is easy. We offer sponsorship at multiple price-points, and Silver, Gold and Platinum 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 2021 sponsors:


Virginia Housing


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