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Governor Youngkin Appoints Shawn Crumlish as VRA Executive Director
Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed Shawn Crumlish as VRA Executive Director in April of 2022. Before his appointment, Shawn served as Director of Financial Services and held other positions at VRA for over 16 years. During this time, he was involved with various transaction types, including water, wastewater, transportation, and economic development, and implemented several new funding programs with state agency partners. He received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lunenburg County Modernizes its 911 Radio System
At more than 20 years old, Lunenburg County’s current radio system is outdated and has limited operability, requiring a full-scale system replacement.
Town of Strasburg Borrows to Improve Access to Business Park
The Town of Strasburg has secured financing from VRA for a new project involving the replacement of water lines, and an expansion of a road that will increase ease of access to the Northern Shenandoah Business Park. The Town pledged its General Obligation, or full faith and credit, to borrow $2.39 million through the Virginia Pooled Financing Program to be repaid over 20 years.
Board Highlight: Charlette Woolridge, PhD
Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge has over 30 years of executive management experience in local and state government. She was appointed Greensville County Administrator effective August 9, 2021. Prior to that, she served as the county administrator for the County of Brunswick since April 2006. Prior to joining Brunswick County, she spent 17 years working in various senior-level positions for the City of Richmond.
VRA Earns GFOA Award
For the 13th consecutive year, VRA has earned the prestigious ‘Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting’ award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This award is for VRA’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.
Orange County Expands Broadband Network
In 2016, the Orange County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution authorizing the creation of the Orange County Broadband Authority (OCBA). As a rural county, reliable broadband service is largely absent in Orange.
2021 Resilient Virginia Conference
VRA finances a variety of infrastructure project types that support community resiliency and is excited to be a sponsor of the 2021 Resilient Virginia Conference. The conference will take place virtually August 25-27, 2021.
Community Flood Preparedness Fund Accepting Grant Applications
The Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund (CFPF) was established to provide support for regions and localities across Virginia to reduce the impacts of flooding. VRA will assist the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) by providing financial management services in connection with the CFPF. DCR will prioritize projects for CFPF financing.
VRA Closes the Single Largest Loan in the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund and VRA's History to Alexandria Renew Enterprises
VRA was proud to assist with a $185,650,000 loan to Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) to invest in healthier waterways for Alexandria.
The Value of Regional Cooperation
Collaboration is at the core of VRA’s mission. Since 1984, VRA’s team of finance professionals has been supporting and promoting partnerships and regional collaborations between local governments aimed at meeting the critical infrastructure needs of Virginia residents and businesses.
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