VGC Winter Conference - FREE for Members!

  • February 28, 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • State Library of Virginia - 800 E Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219


Registration is closed

This meeting is free to attend for registered members of Virginia Government Communicators, but please register before Feb. 24 online at so we have an accurate headcount for the caterer


9-10 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast and Networking

10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. - Welcome Craig Fifer, VGC President


10:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Sarah Milston, The SparkMill
Emerging Social Media Trends and Best Practices
Sarah Milston, CFRE, MPA, left 10 years of working with nonprofits in fundraising, marketing, and board development to build a varied and diverse consulting practice. Along the way, she embraced the idea that people, organizations and groups have the power and responsibility to save the world. She is passionate about connecting the dots and giving people the right plan and tools to “make stuff happen.”

Several VGC members have taken courses taught by Milston in social media management, so she comes highly recommended. Sarah says 2014 is The Year of the Blog! Utilizing social media equips organizations with the ability to easily and quickly engage with their online audiences. However, it takes more than a quick post or tweet to motivate or inform your audience. Sarah will provide valuable information about emerging social media trends and best practices for developing an overall social media strategy.


11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Break, Networking, Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. –Discussion on Virginia Politics and Communications

J. Tucker Martin and Ryan Nobles

Tucker Martin is a communications consultant who works with candidates, groups and organizations on messaging, media strategy, crisis management, branding and narrative development. After working for media firms in Alexandria writing and producing political ads, he became press secretary to then-Virginia House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, then joined the office of Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore as deputy communications director. He served as deputy press secretary during Kilgore’s 2005 gubernatorial campaign. In January 2006, he joined Attorney General-elect Bob McDonnell’s staff as director of communications and stayed in that job through McDonnell’s term as governor. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University. He lives in Richmond with his wife and two dogs.

Ryan Nobles is a political reporter and anchor of the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. news on Richmond’s NBC affiliate, and the 10 p.m. news on Richmond’s Fox affiliate. He blogs at and has been known to Tweet while reporting the news on air. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller School at SUNY Albany and grew up in Jameston, New York, hometown of Lucille Ball. Before coming to Richmond, he worked in television in Rochester, Utica, and Albany, so he is no stranger to snow, and briefly worked in state government. He is married with three children.


2:30 p.m. – Closing remarks, drawing for centerpiece arrangements, optional tour of the State Library of Virginia exhibits




Parking is not available at the Library due to a General Assembly session. Please note that street parking is challenging to find in this area and is available in two-hour increments. There is a deck on N. 7th Street between E. Broad and E. Marshall streets. You can anticipate paying $16-$20 to park there. There are other decks north of the State Library and east of the Richmond Coliseum, and surface parking lots behind the Greater Richmond Convention Center that charge $5 (cash only deposited through a slot box). These lots are five blocks from the Library. There are additional decks south and east of the State Capitol.


You could also park at the Children’s Museum of Richmond at 2626 W. Broad Street for free, cross the street and take the No. 6 Broad Street bus going east and get off at 9th Street. These buses come every 15 minutes and require exact change of $1.50.

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