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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 #3 for Lowest Cost of Business in Best Small Cities for Business – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #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

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The Friendly City shining! Harrisonburg received a total of SIX Virginia Municipal League's Local Champion Awards – the most in the state – in the areas of Communications, Community Health, Continuity of Operations, Public Safety, and Education & Youth Initiatives.

Harrisonburg Economic Development was honored with the Economic and Business Stability Local Champion Award for our efforts to quickly get more than $100,000 worth of financial support to local businesses within a week of the first COVID-19 case in our area.
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A survey is now available for community members to share their opinions and suggestions on the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances Update Project. Along with stakeholder group interviews that took place the first week of October, the survey responses will provide valuable opportunities for the project team to hear from community members on current issues, opportunities, needs, and priorities of our community.

You do not need to be an expert or know the ins and outs of the current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances to complete this survey. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to complete this survey. The survey is available at www.harrisonburgva.gov/zoning-subdivision-ordinances-update and will close at 11:59pm on Monday, November 2.

The Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances regulate a number of topics such as: where different types of housing can be constructed, where different types of businesses can operate, where buildings and structures can be located on a property, the number of parking spaces there are, and how properties are divided to create two new parcels or to create whole neighborhoods. Along with other regulations and design standards for City streets, these regulations impact how residents live in and get around the community.
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Small business owners - put these on your calendar.It is October! That means Holiday Shopping is right around the corner. Are you ready? 🛍️ 💳 🏬

Do you own a restaurant or a small business? You do not want to miss our Holiday Retail Webinar Series.

This Friday, October 16, at 8:30 AM EST, Marc Willson, Small Business Strategist, will discuss how restaurants can thrive during the COVID-19 Holiday Season.

Register: loom.ly/KkGYYMA
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Timeline PhotosLast year’s #SmallBizCredit survey found that revenues were growing for 56% of small businesses. How has COVID-19 affected your sales? Let us know → ow.ly/281i50BA3RG ... See MoreSee Less

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Okay, be nice.....😀The City of Harrisonburg will celebrate Employee Appreciation Week from Oct. 19 to 23, and we need your help in showing our staff how much they are appreciated here in The Friendly City! We have created a phone line where you can call in and leave a voicemail thanking City staff for all they do every day for our community, and those voicemails will be shared with our staff during Employee Appreciation Week. If you are interested in contributing a voicemail for the project, please call 540-217-0720 this week. Thank you for helping us celebrate this important week! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is the last day to apply to be a part of LAUNCH HARRISONBURG! If you're thinking of starting a business or just want to explore your business idea in depth, you should apply!
harrisonburgdevelopment.com/launch-harrisonburg/
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Some good economic news...14 new business licenses were issued in September. The most in a single month in 2020! Keep it going Harrisonburg entrepreneurs! ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful.The Harvest Moon rises tonight - a fun fact, the Harvest Moon will be near a fiery red object in our night sky - MARS! #harvestmoon #harrisonburgva #autumnmoon #nightsky #visitvirginia #JMUNation #jmu #stargazer ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days left to apply to be a part of the LAUNCH HARRISONBURG cohort!
Here's what our amazing co-facilitator of the first cohort, Andy Vanhook from Appeal Production, thought about the experience, "Facilitating Launch Harrisonburg was such an incredible experience. These budding entrepreneurs are so excited about their idea, are willing to learn, and ready to put themselves out there to chase their dream. It was truly inspiring." Be inspired, join LAUNCH HARRISONBURG.
harrisonburgdevelopment.com/launch-harrisonburg/
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Ready to play? Our new reserved entry process is so easy! 1. Visit iexploremore.com | 2. Reserve your play time. | 3. Arrive at your selected time, and PLAY! Capacity is extremely limited so you'll feel like you have the place to yourself. Learn more about our health and safety guidelines and register at iexploremore.com/reopening. ... See MoreSee Less

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