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An all time high for monthly passenger traffic at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) was set in October! People are discovering the ease of travel and great service at SHD!ūüĖź HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! ūüĖź

Our October passenger numbers are in and we're celebrating the best month EVER in airline passenger traffic at SHD!

Still haven't tried our United jet service for yourself? With more flights and an improved schedule starting December 4th, now is the perfect time to plan your next trip!

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September unemployment data: The biggest decline in jobless rates occurred in the Harrisonburg and Charlottesville areas, both down four-tenths of a point from August.

A breakdown of Metropolitan Statistical Area numbers shows:
Bristol: 2.8% in September, down from 3.1% in August.
Charlottesville: 2.2%, down from 2.6%.
Hampton Roads: 2.7%, down from 3%.
Harrisonburg: 2.3%, down from 2.7%.
Lynchburg: 2.9%, down from 3.2%.
New River Valley: 2.6%, down from 2.9%.
Northern Virginia: 2.1%, down from 2.3%.
Richmond: 2.6%, down from 2.9%.
Roanoke: 2.5%, down from 2.8%.
Staunton-Waynesboro: 2.2%, down from 2.5%.
Winchester: 2.1%, down from 2.4%.

Micropolitan areas around the state were:
Bluefield: 3.8%, down from 4.2%.
Big Stone Gap: 4.3%, down from 4.8%.
Danville: 3.5%, down from 3.9%.
Martinsville: 3.1%, down from 3.4%.
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Are you a current, former or recovering Entrepreneur? Are you interested in giving back and growing our business community? If so, we are seeking folks like you to be a facilitator for our new entrepreneur bootcamp - Launch Harrisonburg - Powered by Co.Starters. We are holding a 'train the trainer' event led by Co.Starters on November 21 and 22. If you're interested in learning more, email peirce.macgill@harrisonburgva.gov. ... See MoreSee Less

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Beyond big news!!! Today the ribbon was cut for the Educational Security Operations Center (ESOC) at Massanutten Technical Center. This ESOC is the first in the country that is training high school students in a SOC environment. Some colleges are doing it, but no one is doing it at the high school level - until now. Congrats MTC! Harrisonburg is breaking new ground in training tomorrow's cyber security analysts. ... 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.