Local Assistance Division

2021 Local Programs Workshop

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The Local Programs Workshop will focus on providing an overview of local programs and provide training for program management and project development. This Workshop brings together local government, VDOT, and private sector staff from across the state to discuss delivery of the local transportation program. In addition to the plenary sessions, the workshop features 20 breakout sessions, scheduled in four concurrent tracks, over two-days.
This workshop is intended for those within local public agencies that have oversight of locally administered projects, in addition to Transportation Alternatives project sponsors, consultants and VDOT staff involved in locally administered projects.

Continuing Education Credits

The Local Programs Workshop provides up to 10.0 educational hours. For purposes of the VA DPOR continuing education requirements for Virginia Professional Engineer license holders this workshop earns up to 12 continuing education credits.

For additional information regarding the Local Programs Workshop, please contact Michaela McCain at 804-371-6005 or Michaela.McCain@vdot.virginia.gov.

Registration has been closed due to available slots being filled.

The workshop registration fee includes the sessions, all course materials, and continental breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. The Mobile Workshops on Tuesday are an additional fee of $10.

The registration fee for the Local Programs Workshop for Local Government staff and Transportation Alternatives project sponsors is $95 per attendee ($115 after September 1, 2021). The registration fee for all others is $250 per attendee ($270 after September 1, 2021). No one day registration is available. Registration sharing is not allowed.

Registration deadline is October 1, 2021 or until slots are filled whichever comes first. In previous years, spots have consistently filled early. Space is limited, so please register early.

The 2021 Local Programs Workshop will be held on October 26-28, 2021 at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside.

Parking is available at the Main Street Parking Garage located across the street from the Marriott and is connected by a covered pedestrian bridge. Overnight self-parking is available for billing through the hotel front desk at a rate of $20 per night per car.

The room block at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside is full.

We have set up an overflow room block at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside. The Sheraton is either a 6-minute walk or a 1-minute car ride to the Marriott Norfolk Waterside, which is where the Local Programs Workshop sessions will take place. The rooms in the group block are at the government state rate of $96+tax/night.  The details for the overflow hotel & the link to book your room directly with the hotel is below.  


777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Book Your Group Rate for the VDOT Local Programs Workshop | Marriott International

 You can view our detailed agenda with presentation links below.

Mobile Workshops

Mobile workshops will be held on Tuesday, October 26th for an additional $10 fee. 

Walking Tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth

This tour will provide an interactive walking tour of the Olde Towne Portsmouth Historic District. Just a 5-minute ferry ride from Downtown Norfolk, Portsmouth is a small, charming, historic seaport city established in 1752. The Olde Towne Historic District chronicles over 250 years of American history in one of the largest collections of antique homes in the South. Olde Towne’s walkable Business & Residential Districts are the perfect blend of small town charm, American History, and the allure of arts and culture. Join Mary Veale and The Colonials on a fun interactive tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth as period reenactors share their stories of what urban life was like during early colonial and post-colonial America.

Mary Veale and The Colonials - Historic Tours - Portsmouth, Virginia (portsmouthlivinghistory.com)

HRT Light Rail System

This tour will provide a fun and informational group ride of The Tide light rail system. As Virginia’s first light rail system, The Tide is operated by Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) and has recorded over 12 million boardings for commuters traveling its 7.4-mile length across the City of Norfolk between the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, Downtown Norfolk and the Virginia Beach city line. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Tide since its opening on August 19, 2011. Ride the Tide with Hampton Roads Transit as they take you through all eleven stations, discuss the development of the system and plans to connect to Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk International Airport, and Military Circle.

Elizabeth River Trail with Lime (e-bikes/e-scooters)

Enjoy a tour of the beautiful Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) along Norfolk’s historic waterfront on Lime e-bikes or e-scooters. The Elizabeth River Trail is approximately 10.5 miles long. It extends from Norfolk State University to the Norfolk Naval Base. An interactive map of the entire trail can be found at the following link: https://elizabethrivertrail.org/map

All users will need to download the Lime app and enter the special promo code generated to use the e-bikes and e-scooters at no cost for the duration of the event.

The Victory Rover Norfolk Harbor Cruise

The two-hour narrated Naval Base Cruise departs from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. The captain provides an entertaining and fascinating commentary aboard this Coast Guard inspected vessel. We cruise past Old Fort Norfolk, The Battleship Wisconsin, Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth, BAE and Metro Machine Shipyards, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, Craney Island Fuel Depot, Norfolk Southern Coal Piers, Lamberts Point Cargo Terminals, Norfolk International Terminals, and the highlight of the cruise, the Norfolk Naval Station, the world’s largest naval base. Naval Station Norfolk is home to destroyers, aircraft carriers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships, and submarines – just about every type of ship in the Navy’s armada.

During the cruise, we will also see a large amount of harbor traffic including tugboats, barges, yachts and commercial ships.

Port of Virginia Tour

The Port of Virginia harnesses the capacity of its system -- from the four deep water terminals in Hampton Roads, to the rail ramp in Front Royal, and barging on the James River to the Richmond – to create economic opportunity and facilitate intermodal movement of goods across the Commonwealth and the nation. As part of the VDOT 2021 Local Programs Workshop, the port will provide a tour of the semi-automated Virginia International Gateway terminal in Portsmouth and will provide an overview of the efforts underway at The Port of Virginia terminals.

Hospitality Suite

Rinker Designs & Associates (RDA) will be hosting our Hospitality Suite beginning at 9pm on Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 27th.


Welcome Reception

Timmons Group and WSP will be hosting our Welcome reception Tuesday, October 26th beginning at 5pm.


Wednesday Reception

Whitman, Requardt & Associates (WRA) will be hosting the Wednesday evening reception on Wednesday, October 27th beginning at 5:30pm

 All sponsorhip slots have been filled. 

This will be an excellent learning and networking experience for both the public and the private sector. A limited number of workshop sponsorships are available to the private sector. Key information regarding those sponsorships is noted below.

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship of the Local Programs Workshop, please contact Traci Luu at Traci.Luu@vdot.virginia.gov.

The Local Programs Workshop provides up to 10.0 educational hours. For purposes of the VA DPOR continuing education requirements for Virginia Professional Engineer license holders this workshop earns up to 12 continuing education credits.


For additional information regarding the Local Programs Workshop, please contact Michaela McCain at 804-371-6005 or Michaela.McCain@vdot.virginia.gov.

The Whova App will enhance your workshop experience and provide all Workshop information on your phone or tablet.

From the App store (iPhone) or Play store (Android) download Whova App. In the app, tap on “Find your event” and search for VDOT Local Programs Workshop 2021 to get the latest workshop info. The event code is VDOTLPW2021. You will have the attendee lists, session information, presentations, maps and more on the app! Stop by the registration desk for assistance with the app.

You may also access our event details using the website: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/vlpw_202009/

As part of the Local Programs Workshop, we will be having a project showcase and are looking for submissions of projects to highlight. The showcase projects will be featured in a slideshow to be shown continuously during breaks and meals in the general session ballroom.

In order to be included, projects should be either locally administered, funded through one of our programs, or both and should be finished with construction.

We ask that you please complete this survey by September 24th so that staff can compile the projects into a slide show.

If you have questions, please contact Carol West at carol.west@vdot.virginia.gov or (804) 786-2746.

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