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May 2016

Join the AAMVA community in Virginia for the 2016 AIC

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I’m wearing many hats these days—Virginia DMV Commissioner, AAMVA International Board of Directors Chair and now add tour guide to that list. Because I have the trip for you this summer!

Virginia is honored to be hosting this year’s AAMVA Annual International Conference (AIC) from Aug. 16–18. We’ve selected Colonial Williamsburg as the backdrop for the festivities, the perfect setting for your visit to Virginia, the Old Dominion and birthplace of eight American presidents.

We’ve got a great agenda in the works for AIC-goers. Expect to learn from great speakers and share best practices with colleagues from all over North America. If you’d like to make a vacation out of it, gather up the family and come early or stay late. Or both.

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Virginia is for lovers.” I can guarantee there’s something here that everyone will love. Do you love history? Virginia played a pivotal role in the founding of America, and the war that nearly divided it. See the early English settlement at Jamestown. In Yorktown, tour the house where negotiations occurred for the surrender of British troops to General George Washington’s army. Less than an hour away is Richmond, Virginia’s capital city and onetime capital of the Confederacy; there you can visit St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his stirring “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, or stand on preserved battlefields from the Civil War. Love the beach? Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean in nearby Virginia Beach. Thrill seekers can test out high-climbing rollercoasters at top theme parks in and around Williamsburg. Are you a foodie? Virginia is home to a plethora of highly praised restaurants and has a vibrant craft brewery scene.

  

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Colonial Williamsburg allows tourists to experience a reenactment of life there in the 18th century. Also known as “the Revolutionary City,” this 301-acre historic area features hundreds of restored, reconstructed and historically furnished buildings.

We’ve done a lot of important work in the past several months. AAMVA changed the bylaws to add a seat on the board for our Canadian contingency, filled by Susan Lucas of British Columbia. We reestablished a Motor Carrier Working Group and created an electronic balloting process to make bylaw amendment votes more transparent and informative. New administrators took advantage of our AAMVA orientation in full force, and up-and-coming AAMVA leaders continued their education at our leadership academy. Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania hosted AAMVA administrative staff for a behind-the-scenes look at DMV operations.

AIC Williamsburg will be a great opportunity to reflect and expand upon all of our accomplishments this year—and have a little fun while we’re at it. One of my goals as chair has been to make sure AAMVA members get the most out of their membership. I can say with certainty that you will get a lot out of your trip to Virginia this summer. In Williamsburg, let’s seize the spirit of those leaders who came before us. Let’s challenge the present. And together, let’s make history.

Safe travels,

Rick Holcomb

AAMVA Chair of the Board