*** 2021 CANCELLED ***

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September 27-28, 2022 | Hilton VA Beach Oceanfront






September 28 – 29, 2021

Marriott VA Beach Oceanfront

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
4201 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 937-4200

Group Room Rate:

  • Monday, September 27 & Tuesday, September 28
  • $169 per night, ocean view
  • $199 per night, oceanfront
  • Rates listed are before taxes and fees

Pre- and Post-Conference Room Rate:

  • 3 days pre- and post-conference at group room rate
  • Additional nights are based on availability

Reservation Process:

  • Use the online link to book your room: 

Reservation Cut-off Date:

  • The last day to make your reservation and receive the group rate is August 30, 2021
  • Reservations received after 5 pm on that date will be made at the hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability

Check-in/Check-out Times:

  • Check-in is after 4 pm
  • Check-out is before 11 am

Cancellation Policy:

  • No penalty will result if notice is received at least 3 days prior to date of arrival. If the reservation is not cancelled by this time, all room-related charges for the original reservation will be charged to the individual.


  • Parking in the hotel’s attached garage is $10.00 per night

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Tuesday, September 28th & Wednesday, September 29th
Education Sessions


Carbon Reduction Goals

Marcus Harris – ODEC

Broadband & the VMDABC

Casey Logan – RURALband & VMDABC
Cheryl Sandas – Firefly Fiber Broadband

Battery Storage

Peter Gallini – ODEC

Electric Vehicles

Joyce Bodoh – Rappahannock EC
Andre Javier-Barry – D+R International


Grants – Free Money, Go Get It!

Tish Blackwell – BARC EC
Morgan Messer – Shenandoah Valley EC

CARES Act & Remote Work Roundtable

Cost of Equity for the Member Consumers

Jim Meiers – CFC

RUS Update

Shelli Richardson – RUS

Effects of COVID on Audits, Internal Controls and What Happened to the IRS?

John Cheatham – Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham
Larry Ford – Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham



  • Tuesday Sessions 8:00 – 4:30
  • Tuesday Dinner 6:00
  • Wednesday Sessions 8:00 – 12:15
  • A formal program with the agenda will be sent out prior to the conference
    *topics and times are subject to change


Thank you to our Tuesday Lunch Sponsor   



Thank you to our Tuesday Dinner Sponsor  


Safety Statement

The Association continues to monitor the situation with COVID and the Delta variant. Everyone’s health and safety are our top priority. We will keep everyone informed if there are any changes to the event due to state or federal restrictions. Once we get closer to the event, a specific set of guidelines will be sent out to the participants and you will have the opportunity to cancel your registration. We will honor cancellation requests received on or before September 20, 2021. After that date, we will be responsible for food expenses and will not be able to issue refunds.


Registration Fees

  • VMDAEC Members: $400 per person
  • Non-members: $550 per person
  • The Regional C.R.A.F.T. Conference registration deadline is Monday, September 20th.
    • Note: The hotel deadline is August 30th.
  • Co-ops/companies will be billed based on the figures in hand on Monday, September 20th.


Thank you to our generous Regional C.R.A.F.T. Conference sponsors:

Questions? Contact Brandon Burton, Director of Continuing Education at the
VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Cooperatives at [email protected] or (804) 968-3344.