VACo County Pulse Podcast

VACo County Pulse Podcast
Guests share the legislative pulse of Virginia Counties with Host Dean Lynch.

K-12 Public Education | Small and Rural Schools
Sep 25 • 21 min
In this episode, Superintendent Keith Perrigan of Bristol City Public Schools and President of the Small and Rural Schools Coalition and Jason Bellows, District 3 Supervisor for Lancaster County, member of the VACo Board of Directors and VACo Region…
Virginia’s Veterans – Innovative Partnerships to Serve Those Who Served Us
Aug 22 • 26 min
According to a to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Virginia’s veteran population exceeded 725,000 individuals distributed across every locality in the Commonwealth. This constitutes approximately 3.6% of the total veteran population in the Unite…
Another Option
Jul 23 • 31 min
Frank Bossio (Former Culpeper County Administrator) and Sue Hansohn (Member of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors) jump on the podcast to chat with Angela Inglett about workforce development and to explain why we should encourage young people …
A Breath of Fresh Air: Life in Rural Virginia
Jun 25 • 18 min
In this episode, we meet the recently appointed Chair of the VACo Rural Caucus: Grayson County Administrator Bill Shepley. Bill talks to host Angela Inglett about his love for Rural Virginia, his vision for the Caucus, and his excitement about…
A Conversation about Economic Trends with Jim Regimbal
Jun 19 • 24 min
Katie Boyle talks with Jim Regimbal of Fiscal Analytics, Ltd., about key components of the budget adopted in 2019 and major economic factors shaping the next biennium budget.
Commonwealth Conversations - Senator Emmett Hanger
Jun 4 • 27 min
VACo Executive Director Dean Lynch talks with Senate Finance Co-Chairman Emmett Hanger about key policy issues of interest to local governments, including transportation, broadband, and strengthening the state-local partnership.
Communication and Community – A View from Stafford County on Best Budgeting Practices for K-12 Education
May 30 • 42 min
Meg Bohmke of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and VACo Executive Committee and Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools
An Ounce of Prevention - Making a Case for Proactive Land Use Planning
May 13 • 21 min
Attorney Sharon Pandak of Greehan Taves & Pandak and CEO Darren Coffey of the Berkley Group join VACo’s Joe Lerch to discuss the benefit of having a proactive land use plan. Counties routinely budget dollars for legal expenses but rarely for lon…
Loudoun County Preps for the 2020 Census
Apr 10 • 18 min
Host Joe Lerch speaks with Gwen Kennedy, Loudoun County’s Legislative Liaison, about what the Northern Virginia locality is doing to prepare for the 2020 Census approaches. This episode is sponsored by Enterprise Fleet Management - the No. 1 leasing…
Preparing for the 2020 Census
Mar 29 • 18 min
Host Katie Boyle talks with Margaret Nimmo Holland, Executive Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children, about the upcoming 2020 Census and efforts to ensure a successful count in Virginia. This episode is sponsored by Avaya — a leading prov…
2019 General Assembly Edition 5
Feb 22 • 14 min
In this episode, VACo Lobbyists Joe Lerch and Katie Boyle talk about the final days of the 2019 General Assembly Session - the conference process, what’s next for the state budget, and some bills of interest to counties.
2019 General Assembly Edition 4
Feb 19 • 34 min
Host Chris McDonald talks with VACo General Counsel Phyllis Errico and VACo Lobbyist Jeremy Bennett about a variety of issues, including agritourism, school modernization, school safety, FOIA, COIA, and much more.
2019 General Assembly Edition 3
Feb 12 • 22 min
VACo Lobbyists Joe Lerch and Chris McDonald talk about a variety of issues, including alcohol reform, I-81 improvements, industrial hemp, casinos, proffers and much more.
2019 General Assembly Edition 2
Feb 8 • 18 min
VACo Lobbyists Katie Boyle and Jeremy Bennett join Joe Lerch to talk about the state budget and give updates on the 2019 General Assembly Session. This special legislative episode of the VACo County Pulse is sponsored by The Berkley Gr…
2019 General Assembly Edition 1
Jan 17 • 17 min
Dean Lynch interviews Joe Lerch and Chris McDonald about the start of the 2019 General Assembly Session
Transition to “Next Generation” NG9-1-1 with VITA’s Steve Marzolf
Nov 20, 2018 • 21 min
Steve Marzolf, VITA’s Integrated Services Program Director, explains the Commonwealth’s plan to assist local governments with the migration of Next Generation NG9-1-1 technology. This podcast includes important information about the timetable and st…
Top Issues in Behavioral Health with Dr. Hughes Melton
Oct 23, 2018 • 28 min
Dr. Hughes Melton, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, sat down with VACo’s Dean Lynch to discuss major issues in behavioral health, including efforts to address the addiction crisis and the effects of Med…
Utility-Scale Solar Energy
Sep 18, 2018 • 27 min
Utility-scale solar energy (USSE) projects are growing in size and number across the Commonwealth. Unlike a traditional electric generating facility, they are land intensive. One Megawatt (MW) of generation capacity typically requires the siting of …
Medicaid Expansion and What it Means for County Governments
Sep 4, 2018 • 18 min
VACo Executive Director Dean Lynch interviews Dr. Jennifer Lee
Combating the Opioid Crisis in Virginia’s Counties
Jun 20, 2018 • 9 min
County Pulse Host Dean Lynch welcomes VACo’s Angela Inglett to talk about this important issue. Inglett is author of the 1207 to the 95 Blog that provides resources, research and information for county officials on a variety of issues.
Connecting Rural Virginia to the Internet
Jun 11, 2018 • 12 min
County Pulse Host Dean Lynch speaks with VACo’s Joe Lerch and Khaki LaRiviere about broadband connectivity in rural Virginia.
The Virginia State Budget Impasse
May 24, 2018 • 13 min
Analysis from Katie Boyle on the state budget