Authorities

The following Authorities, Boards and Commissions are classified as political subdivisions of the Commonwealth. The Governor appoints the members of the Authority, Board or Commission who in turn appoint an Executive Director or Secretary. The powers conferred upon an authority vary. Please refer to the specific code reference for further information pertaining to a particular Authority. In general, an Authority is vested with the powers of a body corporate, including the power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, make contracts, and adopt and use a common seal and alter the same as may be deemed expedient; may acquire or lease such property or any interest therein.

Not included in this section are Authorities to which the Governor appoints neither the Executive Director nor those whom receive appropriations for the Fiscal Year during which this volume is published.

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Location:
ABC Central Office
7450 Freight Way
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116
Tel. (804) 213-4400
Code Reference:
§ 4.1-101
Purpose:
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority generates a reliable stream of revenue for Virginia and promotes public safety through the responsible sale and regulation of alcoholic beverages.

Virginia Port Authority
Location:
600 World Trade Center
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Tel. (757) 440-7160
Code Reference:
§ 62.1-128
Purpose:
To develop and improve harbors and seaports, and promote shipment of cargo and commerce through Virginia's ports.

Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority
Location:
1505 Shorevue Circle
Hardy, Virginia 24101
Code Reference:
§ 10.1-1601
Purpose:
In order to provide a high quality recreational attraction in the western part of the Commonwealth; expand the historical knowledge of adults and children; promote tourism and economic development in the Commonwealth; set aside and conserve scenic and natural areas along the Roanoke River and preserve open-space lands; and enhance and expand research and educational programs, there is created a political subdivision of the Commonwealth to be known as "The Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority." The Authority's exercise of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed to be the performance of an essential governmental function.
Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority
Location:
800 East Leigh Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 828-5390
Code:
Acts of Assembly Chapter 946, 1993, Chapter 731, 2000, Chapter 788, 2005
Purpose:
The purpose of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority is to facilitate and coordinate scientific and technological research and development and to promote the industrial and economic development of the Commonwealth.
Composition:
The Authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of not less than nine nor more than fifteen members, three of whom shall be the President of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Mayor of the City of Richmond, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth, who shall serve as directors during their terms of office. Any of the aforesaid ex officio members of the board may, from time to time and by written notice to the chairman of the board of the Authority, appoint a designee, under such terms as the designator may provide, to act on behalf of such designator. Such designee, for the term of the designation, shall be treated in all respects as a director and shall have all powers of a director, including, without limitation, the powers to attend and be heard at meetings of the board, thereby counting toward the number of the directors present for the purpose of determining whether a quorum exits; vote as a member of the board; and function as the holder of any office held by the designator or as a member of any committee of which the designator is a member. Six members of the board shall be appointed by the Governor from a list of nominations submitted by the board of directors of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, a not-for-profit non-stock Virginia corporation. Two of the directors appointed by the Governor shall be appointed for terms of one year, two for terms of two years, and two for terms of three years, from the effective date of their appointment; and thereafter, the members of the board shall be appointed for terms of three years.
Term:
Three year terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Kenneth E. Ampy6/30/2023
  • Charles S. Macfarlane6/30/2024
  • Art Espey6/30/2024
  • James Robert Mooney6/30/2022
  • Vida C. Williams Logan6/30/2022
  • Eric S. Edwards6/30/2023
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Location:
3040 Williams Drive Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Tel. (703) 642-4652
Code:
§ 33.2-2500
Purpose:
There is hereby created a political subdivision of the Commonwealth known as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, hereinafter known as "the Authority." In addition to such other powers vested in the Authority by this chapter, the Authority shall have the following powers and functions: the Authority shall prepare a regional transportation plan for Planning District Eight, to include, but not necessarily be limited to, transportation improvements of regional significance, and those improvements necessary or incidental thereto, and shall from time to time revise and amend the plan. The provisions of Article 7 (' 15.2-4527 et seq.) of Chapter 45 of this title shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to preparation of such transportation plan. The Authority may, when a transportation plan is adopted according to subdivision 1, construct or acquire, by purchase, lease, contract, or otherwise, the transportation facilities specified in such transportation plan. The Authority may enter into agreements or leases with public or private entities for the operation of its facilities, or may operate such facilities itself. The Authority may enter into contracts or agreements with the counties and cities embraced by the Authority, with other transportation commissions of transportation districts adjoining any county or city embraced by the Authority, with any transportation authority, or with any state, local, private or federal entity to provide, or cause to be provided, transportation facilities and services to the area embraced by the Authority. Such contracts or agreements, together with any agreements or leases for the operation of such facilities, may be used by the Authority to finance the construction and operation of transportation facilities and such contracts, agreements or leases shall inure to the benefit of any creditor of the Authority. Notwithstanding the above, however, the Authority shall not have the power to regulate services provided by taxicabs, either within municipalities or across municipal boundaries, which regulation is expressly reserved to the municipalities within which taxicabs operate. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary the Authority may: a. Acquire land or any interest therein by purchase, lease, or gift and provide transportation facilities thereon for use in connection with any transportation service; b. Acquire land or any interest therein by purchase, lease, or gift in advance of the need for sale or contribution to an agency, for use by that agency in connection with an adopted transportation plan; c. Prepare a plan for mass transportation services with persons, cities, counties, agencies, authorities, or transportation commissions and may further contract with any such person or other entity to provide necessary facilities, equipment, operations and maintenance, access, and insurance pursuant to such plan.
Composition:
The Authority shall consist of seventeen members as follows: the chief elected officer of the governing body of each county and city embraced by the Authority or, in the discretion of the chief elected officer, his designee, who shall be a current elected officer of such governing body; two members of the House of Delegates who reside in different counties or cities embraced by the Authority, appointed by the Speaker of the House and, to the extent practicable, from the membership of the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Transportation; one member of the Senate who resides in a county or city embraced by the Authority, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and, to the extent practicable, from the membership of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Transportation; two nonlegislative citizen members who reside in different counties or cities embraced by the Authority, appointed by the Governor. One such gubernatorial appointment shall be a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board and one shall be a person who has significant experience in transportation planning, finance, engineering, construction, or management; and the following three persons who shall serve as nonvoting ex officio members of the Authority: the Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, or his designee; the Commissioner of Highways, or his designee; and the chief elected officer of one town in a county embraced by the Authority to be chosen by the Authority.
Term:
Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. The gubernatorial appointee who is not a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall serve for a term of four years. Vacancies occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
Senate Members:
  • The Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko
House Members:
  • The Honorable Vivian E. Watts
  • The Honorable Danica A. Roem
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Mary H. Hynes6/30/2024
  • James P. Kolb6/30/2024
Legislative Appointees:
  • Vacancy (Citizens, 2)
Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital Authority
Location:
8700 Stony Point Parkway
Suite 100
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 775-4520
Code:
Acts of Assembly, 1970, Chapter 742
Purpose:
In order to prevent the spread of disease which constitutes a menace to the health, safety, morals and welfare of the State and impairs economic values; and in order that adequate hospital and medical facilities may be provided for the foregoing purpose and for the care of the public health and public welfare; and in order to alleviate traffic congestion, to promote the flow of commerce and to promote safety through the creation of off-street parking facilities; the Authority created by this act shall be deemed to be a public instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions to provide for the public health and welfare and said Authority is hereby authorized and empowered to all acts listed under Acts of Assembly, 1970, Chapter 742.
Composition:
The Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital Authority shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members appointed by the Governor from a list of nominations submitted by the Board of Directors of the Richmond Eye Hospital. Three of such members shall be for two years, three for four year terms, and three for six year terms. After the expiration of the initial terms, appointments shall be made for terms of six years and members may be reappointed. Vacancies in the membership of the Board shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired portion of the term. The Board of Directors of the Richmond Eye and Ear Healthcare Alliance shall nominate two persons for each appointment. The Board so appointed shall enter upon the performance of its duties and shall initially and annually thereafter select one of its members as chairman and another as vice-chairman, and shall also elect annually a secretary or secretary-treasurer who need not be a member of the Board. The chairman, or in his absence vice-chairman, shall preside at all meetings of the Board, and in the absence of both the chairman and vice-chairman, the Board shall elect a chairman pro tempore who shall preside at such meetings. A majority of the directors then in office shall constitute a quorum, and all action by the Board shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present and voting.
Term:
After initial staggering of terms, appointments shall be made for terms of six years and members may be reappointed
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Joanne T. Wiley12/31/2023
  • ANDREW J. MICHAEL12/31/2023
  • Frank J. Franzak12/31/2023
  • Walter F. Spence12/31/2023
  • PAUL T. MILLER12/31/2023
  • Anne H. McElroy12/31/2023
  • Alan J. Lombardo12/31/2023
  • Wayne T. Shaia12/31/2023
  • Robert A. Crouse12/31/2023

Information accurate as of December 2021