The Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) announced several award winners at its annual Summer Conference held two weeks ago in Williamsburg.
Among the winners was Gail Moody, Southside Planning District Commission executive director, who received the Gordon N. Dixon Achievement Award.
Moody is retiring this month after 41 years with the Southside PDC, including the last nine as executive director. She also has served as the chair of the VAPDC Awards Committee.
“Gail is very deserving of this award. We sincerely appreciate her many years of leadership and service for the Southside PDC, as well as her work promoting regionalism in Virginia with her many contributions to the VAPDC,” said Robert K. Coiner, 2019 VAPDC president.
The Dixon award recognizes an executive director or a VAPDC commissioner who has provided leadership and made outstanding contributions to promoting the concept of regionalism in Virginia.
Planning district commissions were enabled by state legislation in 1968 and most were established the following year. There are 21 PDCs and regional commissions in Virginia made up of elected officials and citizens appointed by local governments.
The purpose of planning district commissions is to encourage and facilitate regional solutions to problems of area-wide significance. This is done by promoting the efficient development of the physical, social and economic policies of all districts by assisting local governments to plan for the future.
The PDCs of Virginia joined together to create the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions in 1987 to share best practices and further regionalism across the commonwealth.