Annual Conference

VFMA’s Annual Conference will be a standalone conference for members and others interested in floodplain management. VFMA is committed to hosting an annual conference with content addressing flooding issues faced by communities across the Commonwealth, such as riverine flooding, coastal flooding, floodplain mapping and modeling, climate change and future conditions, CRS, NFIP, best practices, common issues, etc.

Historically, VFMA partnered with the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association (VLWA) to host the Virginia Water Conference. This conference was located in Richmond in early March.

2021 Conference

In light of the increase in COVID-19 cases and to ensure the health and safety of attendees, VFMA’s 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually.

December 2-3, 2021
8:00am – 5:00 pm

VFMA intends to submit the conference program to ASFPM for pre-approval of 12 CECs for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs).

Registration Information

Please visit the conference website to register:

Registration prices:

  • $40 for VFMA members
  • $80 for nonmembers
  • Free for students

Sponsorship Information

Conference Sponsorships Available – $500

  • Logo placement in all VFMA Virtual Conference e-blasts related to the conference
  • Company spotlight & logo shared on VFMA LinkedIn
  • Logo placement on conference website & VFMA website
  • Logo placement on conference home presentation slides & verbal recognition during conference
  • Two complimentary conference registrations

Thank you for your support & sponsorship!

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Floodplain Management Awards

This year, VFMA will issue Floodplain Management Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to floodplain management in Virginia by individuals and organizations! This is the first year VFMA has offered awards, but it will not be the last. Awards will be announced during the 2021 Annual Conference, but award winners are not required to attend the conference.  The award nomination period has closed.

The following awards are available:

Floodplain Manager of the Year Award (Individuals only)

This award seeks to recognize outstanding individual efforts and contributions to improving floodplain management in Virginia on the local level and may be presented to a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), local floodplain administrator, CRS coordinator, or other individual. The VFMA Floodplain Manager of the Year is designed to honor an individual responsible for the development, or the assistance in the development, of a distinguished local program or activity or has shown support at the local level to implement flood hazard reduction in the absence of sophisticated programs and/or local funding.

Flood Mitigation Project of the Year (Individuals and Organizations)

This award may be presented to an individual, private organization, non-profit organization, governmental unit, or agency that has completed work involving a particular project, research, design, or publication that exhibits the incorporation of acceptable procedures, practices, and constraints of flood mitigation or promotes the field of knowledge of flood mitigation by enhancing the awareness and use of new procedures, methods, designs, and/or products. This work must have been completed prior to the annual conference.

CRS Community of the Year (Organizations only)

This award recognizes a community participating in the Community Rating System (CRS) program and their exemplary practices and activities. It seeks to acknowledge distinguished work by a community in going above and beyond its mission in a way that can be shared by other Virginia communities while recognizing the abilities to promote sound floodplain management and attributes of the CRS program through teamwork. This award may be presented to a community for their overall CRS program or work on a specific activity, tool, or resource that contributes to their CRS program. Communities that are actively joining the CRS program may also be considered for this award.  

Distinguished Service Award (Individuals only)

This award is given by VFMA to an individual who has had a statewide impact in floodplain management. This individual carries forward the goals and objectives of reducing flood risk and the values and principles set forth by VFMA. It is an indication of the level of esteem the Virginia floodplain management community hold for the recipient and is the highest award presented by VFMA. This award may not be presented every year.

Longevity Appreciation Award (Individual or Corporate Members only)

This award may be presented to a VFMA member who has 5+ active years of membership in the organization. This award is in appreciation of the time, effort, energy, and dedication that member has shown to VFMA and improving floodplain management in Virginia. This award may not be presented every year.

Past Conferences

Conference programs for past conferences are available below. If you are a VFMA member and wish to access the VFMA presentations from the conference, please visit the Member Resources page.

For older conference programs, please click here.