The regional GIS users group, Charlottesville Area GIS Users Group (CAGISUG), is a loose organization of many local GIS professionals and other interested people. We meet sporadically but have an email list where most of the messages are about local GIS jobs. Please feel free to contact us to become a member of that group.
UVa has a separate email group for distributing GIS software, licensing, events, etc. news. UVa affiliates can join here.