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Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference:
Overview and History

“While each neighborhood is unique, all face similar issues. From the basics of organizing and conducting meetings to finding resources for needed projects, everyone needs to have the skills to make a difference.”
--Estelle H. McCadden, Founder, VSNC, Inc.

In 2000, Ms. Estelle H. McCadden, a Roanoke, Virginia neighborhood activist and President of her neighborhood’s organization, the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum, Inc. became inspired to organize and create Virginia’s Statewide Neighborhood Conference. At the time, Ms. McCadden was also serving on the Board of Directors of Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), a national organization dedicated to developing partnerships between neighborhoods, local government, and public/private agencies across the United States.

Ms. McCadden, with the assistance of Selena Cuffee-Glenn, Deputy Director, Dept. of Community Development in Richmond, Virginia, initially brought together neighborhood leaders and professional staff from the cities of Norfolk, Richmond, Hampton, Roanoke, and James City County forming the first statewide conference planning committee that would create the first Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference held in Richmond, VA. Little did they know their conference would become an annual event.

We welcome your participation in our 20th annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference taking place at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. This conference will take place over the course of one and one-half days beginning on Thursday evening, September 12 and concluding on Saturday afternoon, September 14, 2019 with the annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Awards Luncheon. The theme for this year’s conference is “20 Years Empowering Neighborhoods To Make a Difference” which will provide attendees an opportunity to participate in information-packed workshops, listen to thought provoking speakers, view a host of exhibitions, and engage in unparalleled networking opportunities with neighborhood advocates from across Virginia.

As we embark upon another annual conference, please join us as we work together in realizing that the future of Virginia lies in the success of our neighborhoods…..and in the faith of those who work to strengthen them!