VGC Fall Conference

  • September 24, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Masonic Temple, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301


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Date: Thursday, September 24

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Location: Masonic Temple, 101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA 22301

 *Optional tour of Masonic Temple available to participants for a nominal fee after conference, must sign up in the morning.

 8:30 -9:00 a.m.          Registration / Coffee / Networking

9:00-9:15 a.m.           Welcome, Craig Fifer, VGC President 

9:20-10:00 a.m.        To Be Announced

10:10-11:00 a.m.       Session One: "

When a Local Issue Draws National Attention

Crystal Nosal, Alexandria Police PIO

Several high profile police investigations have required increased regional coordination and collaboration.  Alexandria Police, Public Information Officer, Crystal Nosal will talk about coordinating messages, media relations, and lessons learned.   

11:00-11:10 a.m        Break

11:15-12:00 p.m.       Session Two 

Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)    

Jen Bemisderfer, Public Relations Society of America, National Capital Chapter

The Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential as a way to recognize practitioners who have mastered the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to develop and deliver strategic communications. Decades later, as public relations evolved, the APR remains the recognized gold standard for the profession.

12:00 – 1 p.m.           Lunch 

1:00-2:00 p.m.           Session Three: 

Who Is Your Customer and How Can You Help Them

Emily Watkins, Public Affairs, Loudoun County

Today's government managers face increased expectations from citizens, businesses, elected officials, and employees. Pressed to provide services and information quickly and cost effectively, managers are often saddled with legacy information systems that fail to provide an enterprise wide view of government.   

 2:10-2:30 p.m.          Concluding Comments

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