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PlanRVA Day: Learning, networking and collaboration.

PlanRVA Day

A day of learning, networking and collaboration on June 1 from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

To celebrate PlanRVA’s new office space in the Manchester neighborhood and another exciting year of community collaboration, we’re inviting our partners to a day-long open house featuring placemaking thought leaders.

Guests can tour our space, attend a variety of panel discussions and connect with community and regional partners. Join us the whole day or for individual sessions. Throughout the day, you can connect with and learn from regional partners at booths in our lobby.

Register for free to attend!

PlanRVA Day Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and Learn Event: Inclusion in RVA, Partners in Regional Planning (sold out)

Over the last few years, PlanRVA has been working with partners to understand what inclusivity looks like for our organization when it comes to purchasing and vendor selection, employee recruitment, location and logistics for public meetings and outreach to the community. This panel of partners will share perspectives on what we mean by the term “inclusivity” and why it’s important for their organizations and the community.

  • Moderated by Moses Foster, ChamberRVA
  • Panelists:
    • Charm Bullard, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
    • Matthew Shapiro, 6 Wheels Consulting
    • Lea Whitehurst-Gibson, Virginia Community Voice

1:30 - 3 p.m. Multi-Modal Planning for Inclusion: Regional Trails

PlanRVA has been working to support the connectivity of our trail network across the region. This panel will discuss the importance of trails in our region and how planning can create opportunities for connection across communities. Whether you’re an avid trail user already or new to the topic, learn more about our growing regional trails network and hear an update on the status of the Fall Line Trail and the impact it’s having on our regional system.

  • Moderated by Wood Hudson, Virginia State Trails Office
  • Panelists:
    • Phil Riggan, PlanRVA
    • Cat Anthony, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
    • Barb Smith, Chesterfield County

3:30 - 5 p.m. Art and Placemaking: How Creativity Can Nurture Inclusivity 

PlanRVA’s new office space boasts original works by RVA artists Hamilton Glass and Noah Scalin. Come see their work on display in our new office space and hear from both artists about how art can open the door for connection and community.

Hosted in partnership with RVA Engage.

6 - 7:30 p.m. Film Screening:  A River Called Home

“A River Called Home” follows the journey of four women who launch at the headwaters of the James River and paddle to the Chesapeake Bay. For three weeks, the team faces challenges along the way, including whitewater rapids and a river with a history of pollution. Along the way, the team conducts a water quality study, asking how our waterways are being protected and what more we have left to do.

This film screening will be accompanied by a talkback session.

  • Moderated by Sarah Stewart, PlanRVA
  • Panelists:
    • Jess Wiegandt, film maker
    • Emma Quagliano, teacher featured in the film

Updates to programming will be added over the coming weeks. Join us the whole day or for individual sessions. Throughout the day, you can connect with and learn from regional nonprofits at booths in our lobby.


Thank you to our PlanRVA Day sponsors.

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