After nearly 20 years of occupancy, the Virginia Press Association building in Glen Allen was sold earlier this week for $2.3 million. The building was put up for sale several months ago after the VPA board determined that it was not financially feasible or practical to stay in the 12,750-square-foot building. VPA’s new headquarters will be a 3,500-square-foot space in the nearby Innsbrook office park.
“We won’t be reducing member services or resources by moving to this smaller space,” said Betsy Edwards, VPA executive director. “In fact, selling the building and investing the proceeds will allow us to focus more on providing members with enhanced digital support, more remote training and other resources members need.”
Like many press associations around the country in the early 2000’s, VPA was able to build a headquarters where members could gather for board and committee meetings, training sessions, one and two-day conferences and social events. As the work of VPA changed over the years the size of the staff was reduced to eight employees.
With the increased use of technology, staffing needs have changed and been reduced. VPA now outsources its accounting functions and lobbying efforts. Twenty years ago, VPA had a clipping service with several employees, handled tearsheets and performed a lot of work manually. The association offers numerous training webinars, has virtual board and committee meetings, is holding a virtual VPA Day next week and a virtual annual conference in 2021.
“This wasn’t an easy decision or one the board made lightly,” Edwards said. “This is a beautiful building and has enabled VPA to host many member events over the past 18 years. We loved being in this building, but we are excited about the next chapter for VPA.”