Smithfield, VA Forum: Linking Communities, Businesses, and Waterway Protection

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Smithfield, VA Forum: Linking Communities, Businesses, and Waterway Protection

June 21, 2017 9:30 am | The Smithfield Center and Outdoor Venues: 220 N. Church Street ​ | Smithfield, VA 23430

Small group discussions at the Smithfield, VA Forum

Download the Smithfield, VA Forum Agenda

Download the Smithfield, VA Forum Speaker Bios

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Download Brian Ballard, AICP’s Keynote U.S. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Presentation

Download Bill Gill’s Smithfield Foods Presentation

Download Susan Leidy’s Chrysler Museum of Art Presentation

Download Larry Smith’s Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Presentation

Download Dr. Michelle Covi’s Old Dominion University & Virginia Sea Grant Presentation

Download Emily Steinhilber’s Old Dominion University Presentation

Download Ross Weaver’s, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program (Resource) Presentation

Download Corinne Stephens’, Businesses for the Bay (Resource) Presentation

Download Ben McFarlane’s, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission(Resource) Presentation

Click here to download resources available to help you with your sustainability projects

Small group discussions at the Smithfield, VA Forum

Panelists at the Smithfield, VA Forum









The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s ForumPlus and Businesses for the Bay programs are teaming up to host a joint Forum in Smithfield, Virginia on June 21st. The combined Forum aims to provide a space for business professionals and watershed,conservation, and community groups to come together in a day of discussion surrounding local environmental issues, sea level rise, and coastal resiliency in the region. The Forum will offer concrete examples of ways that landowners–businesses, organizations, or residents–can help to mitigate for the coming changes. The Forum promotes collaboration, innovation, and commitment to a clean and healthy watershed, and will provide a space for networking, sharing resources, and brainstorming.

The Keynote Speaker is Mr. Brian Ballard (U.S. Navy, Regional Community Plans and Liaison Officer)

Other Speakers include: Michelle Covi (Old Dominion University); Bill Gill (Smithfield Foods); Susan Leidy (Chrysler Museum of Art); Larry Smith (Sentara Norfolk General Hospital); and Emily Steinhilber (Old Dominion University).

Lunch is included with your registration

  • Free for NGOs, Students, Governments, and Businesses for the Bay Members and Sponsors
  • $15 for other businesses


Room Block Info:

Smithfield Foods’ Corporate Office in Smithfield, VA

Smithfield Station (415 South Church Street, Smithfield, VA)

  • Call 877-703-7701 ext 1 and ask for the  “Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay” room block
  • $125 per room plus taxes

Hampton Inn (200 Vincents Crossing, Smithfield, VA)

Forum Sponsored By:

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