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

Timeline PhotosAre you interested in participating in the redesign of a Harrisonburg Park? Are there new park amenities you would like to see? Are you passionate about preserving and updating existing park features? Join us September 5 for our Plan Purcell Public Forum! www.harrisonburgva.gov/purcell-park-master-plan ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosThe Massanutten Regional Library StoryWalk has been updated! Take a walk through downtown and enjoy the new story, "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. This NYT bestseller and Goodreads Choice Award winner has been called "a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another." ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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For DataMonday, a look back at the unemployment rate from 1990 - present. The low in this time period was .9 in December, 1998. The high was 9.1 in June, 2010. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hear from folks who attended last year on what makes Valley TechCon a great event! Early bird ticket prices end soon! www.valleytechcon.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Work on East Market Street in Downtown Harrisonburg will continue until late October as crews work to improve infrastructure and walkability in the area. Extensive efforts have been needed to remove rock and address decades-old infrastructure such as water and sewer lines under the roadway to ensure the proper restoration of East Market Street.

Crews also are working to relocate a duct bank and lower the depth of a gas line to current preferable standards. While the road remains closed between Main Street and Mason Street, businesses in the area are still open and accessible.
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We are excited to welcome back another sponsor to this year's Valley TechCon. Thank you Virginia Small Business Development Center for the bronze sponsorship! If you are seeking to start, grow, better market or improve your business, the Small Business Development Center can help! ... See MoreSee Less

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Is your business or organization interested in the intersection between business and sustainability? Then you may want to attend the Sustainable Business Coalition's quarterly meeting on August 15 from 12-1:00 at a Bowl of Good. At the meeting, Katrina Didot and Jan Henley from A Bowl of Good will present the 6 Action Principals that they focus on in all aspects of their business. They will share about how these principles keep ABOG 'in check' in terms of company culture, staff retention, product quality, vendor relations, customer belonging, and more. For details, or to RSVP, email Everett Brubaker at evbrubaker@gmail.com. Lunch is provided. ... See MoreSee Less

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Resident input is needed as the City of Harrisonburg moves forward on its Downtown Parking Study.

A survey focused on what brings visitors to downtown and how they park while there is now available.
The 21-question survey covers a range of topics, such as “How long does it usually take you to find parking in downtown” and “What are the biggest challenges faced when trying to park downtown?”

City officials hope downtown visitors will take advantage of the survey to let staff know what they would like to see when it comes to future parking availability in Harrisonburg.

“This survey is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding how our residents visit the downtown area and how they determine where to park,” Harrisonburg Public Works Director Tom Hartman said. “This, coupled with our other efforts through this study, should present a clear picture on where we are and what we need to focus on moving forward.”
Added Harrisonburg Director of Economic Development Brian Shull, “It’s vital for us to make sure we are utilizing our parking in the downtown area to support not only our visitors, but our downtown businesses. We want our downtown to be as inviting as possible and easy to navigate to encourage return visitors to the Friendly City.”

The survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/F6FR36N
It will be available until September 6 for anyone interested.

The Downtown Parking Study, launched in June, will include a public meeting in late August for residents to learn more and speak with city staff. More information on that event will be announced soon.
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It's great to have Timeless Toys in downtown, welcome! ... 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.