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Virginia’s iconic Shenandoah Valley is a preferred business location on the East Coast of the United States, located on the I-81 Corridor between Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Explore the ways we’re positioned to provide businesses access to the most competitive markets both nationally and internationally.
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Data Monday: New economic indicators are out.
The Harrisonburg MSA added 700 net, new jobs from December '17 - December '18.
Retail sales were up 4.8% in Q4 of 2018 compared to Q4 of 2017.
Total weeks of unemployment insurance payments in 2018 - 3,426. For comparison, in 2009, there 13,164 total weeks of payments.
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Beautiful design. Well done Brothers Craft Brewing.50 years ago, the "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan was created by the Richmond-based advertising agency, Martin & Woltz. We are happy to operate in Virginia and jumped at the opportunity to celebrate this 50 year anniversary.

Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor Services received a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) “50 Years of Love” grant fund.

We are one of many businesses that are partnering with Harrisonburg Tourism to showcase 50 Years of LOVE in the Friendly City. For more details about this campaign which is kicking off on April 20th, and other participants click the link below.

#JoinTheBrotherhood #BeerwerksTrail #SipShenandoah #DoDowntown #DowntownHarrisonburg #ilovemyburg #visitvirginia #VACraftBeer #DrinkLocal #hburgrocks #JMU #BridgewaterCollege Visit Harrisonburg Virginia
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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.