Warren County tourism spending increased in 2016

FRONT ROYAL — Visitors to Warren County spent nearly $140 million here in 2016, according to a report released last week by the Virginia Tourism Corp. That figure is up about 3 percent from 2015, when tourists spent about $135.9 million in Warren County. It includes revenue taken from hotel occupancy rates and receipts from restaurants and tourist attractions. That spending netted about $2.8 million in local taxes, $6.5 million in state taxes and supported 1,670 jobs, according to the report. Total payroll from those jobs was about $31.8 million.  
The Warren Sentinel /  09-25-2017  

Tourism groups get state grants

HARRISONBURG – Four Valley initiatives have received state funding to boost local and regional tourism. On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that more than $967,000 in matching grants will be distributed to 50 tourism programs statewide as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program. A $50,000 grant will be split among Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, the city tourism office and the city Department of Economic Development. The Shenandoah Spirits Trail received a $36,000 grant to target millennials and baby boomers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.The Passport to a Shenandoah BeerWerks Adventure, a 12-location beer trail featuring all four Harrisonburg craft breweries, received more than $22,000 for cross-promotion of each brewery and advertising outdoor activities. Today’s Shenandoah Valley Takes Flight, a collaboration led by the Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership and the Front Royal-based Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, also received $25,000 for the promotion of the Valley as “an outstanding year-round destination to global visitors."

State OKs regional economic development plan

HARRISONBURG – A five-year plan for economic growth in the Valley focuses on raising and retaining employment in five growing industries. On Sept. 13, the 24-member GO Virginia State Board approved an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan prepared by the program’s Region 8 Council. The council consists of 28 business and industry leaders in the 8th Region, which covers the Valley from Lexington to Winchester. GO Virginia, also known as the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region, was created in 2015 to encourage communities in nine regions of the state to work together to spur economic growth. It operates under the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Region 8 plan calls for increased workforce recruitment and training in five industry sectors that are expected to grow in the Valley during the next five years.

Brews and Blues festival to feature dozens of breweries

FRONT ROYAL — Local and regional brewers and musicians will be featured Saturday at the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's eighth-annual Brew and Blues Festival. About 55 beers will be featured, including selections from Virginia breweries and more well-known national brands, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster. The beer samplings will be accompanied by performances from Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. Drinking is not necessary to enjoy the day, Foster said. There will also be yard games such as corn hole, myriad of food selections and 40 vendors. The festival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. in the Village Commons and on Chester Street. While a portion of Chester Street will be closed to traffic, Main Street will remain open.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-22-2017  
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Critical Access status remains at Page Memorial

LURAY ― Page Memorial Hospital will retain its critical access designation, Valley Health officials recently announced. That status ― which PMH received in 2005 ― “ends a six-month process undertaken by the Valley Health System and PMH to document and defend the continued legitimacy” of its designation, according to a March 4 news release issued by Valley Health. In August the local hospital was notified by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that it no longer met the requirements for the Critical Access Hospital designation.
Page News and Courier /  03-09-2016

Elkton has yet to advertise for the town manager’s position

ELKTON – The town is heading into the budget season without a town manager. Towns and cities in Virginia must pass a budget by June 30 each year, the day prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year. Council fired former town manager Kevin Whitfield on Feb. 5. (Whitfield said he submitted his resignation on Jan. 25 and gave a March 31 departure date.) On Feb. 8, Mayor Wayne Printz said the town would be advertising for the town manager’s position in the near future.
The Valley Banner /  03-09-2016

Planners grapple with living center details

ELKTON – The town’s Planning Commission continued its work on how to add transitional living centers to the Elkton’s ordinance last week. The commission is attempting to create some guidelines for the homes, which local resident Pham Chopra has said he plans to open in town in the future for drug and alcohol addicts and victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, the town’s ordinance doesn’t mention transitional living centers.
The Valley Banner /  03-09-2016

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Reston National - Classic in a high tech neighborhood

First installment to this summer's Golfing in the Valley series featured in The Warren Sentinel

Luray baseball falls in state semifinal

Making its second trip to the Group A baseball semifinals in five years, the Luray High School baseball team came away with the same result — a loss to a team from Southwest Virginia.

Monteleone picks up three state medals for Page

Luray's Molidor All-State in high jump

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