Each member of the Board of Supervisors attends a list of committees and reports back to the Board and the community. Each supervisor has a webpage at Albemarle.org.
In Albemarle, I represent the County on the following committees:
State and National Organizations:
District 5 Director – VA Association of Counties Board of Directors
Member and Former Chair, Agricultural and Environment Committee of VA Assoc of Counties (VACO)
Member, Environment and Land Use Committee, National Assoc of Counties (NACO)
Albemarle County Representative on High Growth Coalition – VACO
Member, State Board for Workforce Development
Vice Chair, Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) Governance Board
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Committee
Board Liaison, Acquisition of Conservation Easements Committee
Board Liaison, Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee
Board Liaison, Crozet Community Advisory Committee
Board Liaison, Historic Preservation Committee
Member and Chair 2018-2019, Metropolitan Planning Organization
Member and Chair, Rivanna River Basin Commission
Member, Workforce Investment Board
Member, League of Women Voters
Member, Artisans Center of Virginia, Monticello Artisan Trail
Member, Southern Environmental Law Center
Member, Rivanna Conservation Alliance
Member, Crozet Community Association
Member, White Hall Ruritans
Member, Earlysville Area Residents’ League
Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Committee
In 2000 I was appointed to the newly formed Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Committee. The ACE committee is composed of real estate professionals, county elected officials, farmers (my constituency), and citizens. Establishing the program and developing the ordinance was the task at hand.
Today, we assist landowners who wish to sell easements to Albemarle County. Applications are ranked on a point system for chosen qualities devised by the committee and adopted by ordinance, the properties are appraised by an outside appraiser, and recommendations for purchase are made to the Board of Supervisors. I have represented the County as a liaison to the ACE committee since January 2008.
To learn more about the Acquisition of Conservation Easements program, please visit Albemarle.org or email the program administrator, Ches Goodall. To share your ideas or suggestions about this program, please send me an email.
Piedmont Workforce Network Council – Elected Officials from Regions 9 & 10
Workforce Investment Board – Business Advisory Board for Workforce
The PWN Council is the combined efforts of elected officials of Region 10 (TJPDC) and Region 9, including Madison, Orange, Fauquier, and Rappahannock Counties. The Council works with the Workforce Investment Board, made up of business leaders and representatives of all workforce related state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Community College System.
All agencies work in an integrated way at the Workforce Center on 944 Glenwood Station Lane, off Rio Road. This OneStop center was the first in the state to provide, under one roof, job training and referral as well as services to incumbent or first time workers, displaced, unemployed, or looking for a better job. Melding these agencies to work smoothly together has been the challenge since 2008. The end of the recession has increased drastically the need for the Workforce Center. Businesses use the services of the OneStop to find new workers or offer training for their current staff.
Rivanna River Basin Commission
The Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) is a quasi-governmental organization established by the General Assembly. It is the second of its kind in the state. The RRBC is composed of elected and citizen members of Rivanna watershed jurisdictions – Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, and Fluvanna. Small portions of Nelson and Louisa Counties are also in the watershed but those counties are not active in the RRBC. Regional water issues are also discussed with these counties at the TJPDC.
RRBC leadership and staff recommend programs to improve the water quality in our region. All citizens deserve clean water for drinking and recreation, and we all know a healthy watershed will bring improvements to our waters and support healthy ecosystems for all living things. As we take better care of our local waters, the wonderful consequence is improvements downstream and in the Chesapeake Bay.
The RRBC has led the community stakeholder efforts to develop local responses to the challenges of cleaning up the Bay.
LEAP Governance Board
I joined the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) board when I became chair of the County Board in January
2010. Albemarle County signed on with the national Cool Counties agreement in 2008, to support the development of efforts to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by local government buildings, vehicles, and operations. These activities have led to strategic investments and improvements in building efficiency, resulting in the annual savings of more than $50,000 for the County office building alone. The green roof and other weatherization programs provide local examples that others can study and use for their own buildings.
The City, County and University combined their climate change efforts to create the Local Energy Alliance Program. The goal is to drive improvements in energy efficiency in the City and County. These efforts are important for our comprehensive energy outlook and also create an economic boost as local workforce programs train installers and home makeover specialists to serve local residential and commercial owners. The push for new and sustained jobs is an economic engine in itself. The goal is to make permanent local market changes and increase the value and presence of energy efficient homes and businesses.
The LEAP board has provided an education for me into operations of our energy companies, large and small. LEAP facilitates concrete, local steps to reducing our nation’s energy consumption, achievable by every home and business owner over time. The cooperative efforts of the City, County, and University truly achieves much more than we could accomplish alone.