Renowned Colleges and Universities
College Graduates Annually
Great American Main Street Award by the National Main Street Center
Fastest Growing City Along Virginia’s I-81 Corridor *2010-2020

Located directly on the Interstate-81 corridor in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Harrisonburg is the ideal location for business owners seeking to successfully balance work and life.  As a university town, Harrisonburg enjoys all the arts and amenities of a big city combined with the ease, recreation and charm of a small city.  

Harrisonburg continually receives national recognition, including:

Ranked #1 in 50 Most Popular Mid-Size Cities People Are Moving To – moveBuddha.com, 2018

Ranked #2 for Lowest Cost of Business in Best Small Cities for Business – Forbes, 2019

#6 in America’s Favorite Towns
– Travel & Leisure, 2016

Named one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic Society, 2017

Ranked #1 in the Top Cities for Starting a Business in the U.S. PennyGeeks.com, 2018

Named one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #7 out of 325 metro areas in Best Places for Millennials to Move
 Reviews.org, 2019

Selected as 1 of 4 in Best Towns To Visit in 2021 – Film Daily, 2021

What a great Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Tech Nite last night! Congratulations to the award winners from Harrisonburg!-- Pale Fire Brewing Company/Digital Minerva: Innovation in Community Impact-- withSimplicity/JMU X-Labs: Innovation in Development-- Caf2Code: People's Choice AwardYou made us proud! ... See MoreSee Less
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Councilman Jones said it best, "We need new ways of celebrating the diversity of America and more opportunities to gather." We hear you! Join us for a day of joy and celebration as we recognize June 19, 1865, when a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were finally freed--nearly 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law.So we're having a block party alongside Sage Bird Ciderworks, Mayor Deanna Reed, Councilman Chris Jones, and other local businesses to celebrate freedom, and this beautifully diverse community!Our little block on N Liberty street will be closed Saturday 12-8pm.MUSIC!• Marlon Foster & Friends Jazz Trio, 2-4 pm• DJ Ike “The Spike” Miller, Old School R&B, 4-8 pmFOOD!• Tacos El Primo Food Truck open from 12-8 pm• SageBird Cider Works open• 5 pm, Juneteenth BBQ at Magpie—grilled and smoked meats, all the sides, red velvet cake, and strawberry lemonade! $10/person, children under 10 eat free. Beer, wine, and red cocktails available for purchase. No outside alcohol. Purchase a dinner ticket when you arrive.COMMUNITY!• FREE Covid Vaccine Clinic (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) available for anyone ages 12 and up, 2-5 pm• Blood Pressure/Diabetes Screening by Sentara RMH, 2-5 pmEveryone welcome! Indoor and outdoor seating available, bring your lawn chairs (and your dancing shoes!)Please note: Magpie Diner will not be open for brunch on June 19 & 20.Hosted by Magpie Diner, Shenandoah Valley African-American Networking Group, Central Shenandoah Health District, and Sentara RMH ... See MoreSee Less
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The newsletter is out and, as promised, it is chock full of good info about businesses and events. Subscribe now!The Downtown Insider comes out tomorrow, and it's a good one! Make sure you are subscribed to learn more about new businesses coming to downtown this summer, Friendly City Fortune updates, and new information about Downtown Dinner Party! 🥂 The newest issue will be released tomorrow at noon. Subscribe here: downtownharrisonburg.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f8d978a0dce2adbe88395ef82&id=d1d09d39de ... See MoreSee Less
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Star Wars, DC or Marvel....so many good choices. Here is Hydro-Quenchers opening menu!The moment we’ve been waiting’s for!! Here is our opening menu. We’ve selected 12 of our beverages to start off the launch of HQ. Take a look, pick your favorite, and come by on June 4th & 5th to get your drink! #hydroquenchers #coffee #harrisonburgva #harriosonburg #universityoutpost ... See MoreSee Less
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