Third Wednesday Webinars

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for Economic Developers

This webinar was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

The public has a right to know how we are conducting public business and expending public dollars.  Every public official and public servant should be aware of the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Our goal for this free Third Wednesday Webinar is to provide insight into what FOIA is and how we can best do our jobs in light of the requirements of FOIA. 

Featured Speakers:

Sandi McNinch, General Counsel, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Maria J. K. Everett, Executive Director and Senior Attorney, Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

Key Takeaways:

  • What is FOIA?

  • Why does FOIA exist?

  • What is "public record?" What records are "foiable" or subject to being publicly disclosed?

  • When elected officials or non-elected members of public bodies get together, when is it deemed a public "open meeting?"

  • What are the mechanics for dealing with or being in compliance with FOIA?

  • If faced with a request for information, how should the recipient respond?

  • How can public officials maintain client confidentiality yet still be in compliance with FOIA?

A recording of this session is available by clicking here. If you experience problems with the recording, you may want to try using the VLC media player instead of Windows Media Player. The VLC media player can be downloaded here.

To see a schedule of webinars in our series of webinars for 2013, please click here.