About Us, Workgroup Leadership, and Meeting Information

About Us: CRS Users Groups are communities that meet regularly to provide a forum about the National Flood Insurance Program's voluntary program, the Community Rating System, and other floodplain management issues. Meetings often include informational presentations and group discussions to transfer knowledge and troubleshoot difficult floodplain management issues. Non-participating communities often attend these meetings to ask questions and learn from the discussions and presentations as they contemplate joining the program. Established in 2010, the Coastal Virginia CRS Workgroup includes locality representatives from a wide range of coastal communities in the Commonwealth. We also welcome participation from the private and academic sectors interested in learning about the NFIP, CRS, and floodplain management.

Workgroup Mission Statement: The Coastal Virginia Community Rating System Workgroup promotes education and cultivation of strong floodplain management programs in the Commonwealth.

Workgroup Goals for 2016 
Create 1-3 work products to assist locality staff earn CRS credits
Incorporate an element of informational training into every Workgroup meeting
Build a Workgroup website and populate it with helpful and impactful content
Strengthen relationships with Virginia Floodplain Management Association (VFMA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

Workgroup Leadership
Chair: Mary-Carson Stiff, Wetlands Watch, mc.stiff@wetlandswatch.org
Co-Chair: Bobby Tajan, City of Norfolk, robert.tajan@norfolk.gov
Scribe: Kent Henkle, York County, henkel@yorkcounty.gov

Workgroup Meetings
The Coastal Virginia CRS Workgroup meets every other month at 700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, Virginia. Meetings are typically held in the James Room and occasionally in the Warwick Room, both of which are located on the first floor of the building. Meetings run from 10AM-Noon. All are welcome! Registration or prior notice is not required. We pursue CFM credits for each meeting, but credits are not always awarded. 

Future Workgroup Meetings
Wednesday, March 29, James Room 10AM-Noon
Wednesday, May 31, James Room 10AM-Noon
Wednesday, July 26, James Room 10AM-Noon
Wednesday, September 27, James Room 10AM-Noon
I a working on rescheduling the Nov. meeting & it will likely be in December.

Workgroup Meeting: April 2016

Coastal VA CRS Workgroup - Locality Contacts


Other Virginia CRS User Groups
Northern Virginia: Contact Matthew Hansen, City of Falls Church, mhansen@fallschurchva.gov 
Southwestern Virginia: Contact Megan Scott, City of Roanoke, megan.scott@roanokeva.gov

National CRS User Groups (see chart below) - Click HERE to access the group websites.