News 2018-01-05T10:39:32+00:00


Keep up with what’s happening at Harrisonburg Economic Development and all around the city. Check back often for updates.

It's Data Monday! (yes, that's a thing now). Here are two cost of living calculators comparing Harrisonburg and the D.C. metro. The numbers speak for themselves, as does the quality of life we all enjoy here. Though, who calls it a 'hamburger sandwich'? Eliminate that line item for the name alone. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Bird Scooters have landed in Harrisonburg! Be safe out there riders. ... See MoreSee Less

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Middle school girls! Check out this awesome Capture the Flag tech event. A great way to learn about code, no experience necessary. ... See MoreSee Less

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City and JMU CIS&BSAN Executive Advisory Board Partner to Discuss Growing the Cybersecurity Sector

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (April 10, 2017) — Last Friday, the city of Harrisonburg’s Department of Economic Development (HED) hosted a cybersecurity forum in partnership with James Madison University’s Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (CIS&BSAN).  HED was seeking industry input on the cybersecurity eco-system and assets necessary to grow the sector in the city.  The forum, dubbed Cybersecurity Cafe, was facilitated by Chris Stammer of Voluminant.

The day-long, robust discussion provided feedback to HED on how best to position the city to attract and grow cybersecurity companies.  The discussion included the infrastructure needs, workforce credential needs and student education needs of industry, as well as potential economic development incentives and best marketing practices to build a successful cybersecurity eco-system.

The forum provided action steps and agreements for continued partnerships for the future.  The action steps compiled during the day will form the critical components of the city’s strategic plan to grow the cybersecurity sector in Harrisonburg.

To see pictures and an overview video of the day, please visit our Cybersecurity Forum page.