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

Take it from Andy, if you're thinking about starting a business and working for yourself, LAUNCH HARRISONBURG is for you. Apply this weekend! Applications are due January 13th. ... See MoreSee Less

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2019 was a fantastic year for entrepreneurship in Harrisonburg. 92 new business licenses were issued. In 2018, 87 new licenses were issued, and in 2017, 88 were issued. Thank you to all the entrepreneurs that make the city's economy hum. And 2020 is looking even better! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Harrisonburg Economic Development

This is so exciting, congratulations!BIG NEWS! The Hub Coworking has an exciting move and rebrand coming this spring!

Renovations are underway at the former Big L Tire "flatiron" building on the corner of Gay and Liberty streets in Downtown Harrisonburg for a mixed use space and new home to The Hub. With our move, we chose to rebrand given the overabundance of "hub" spaces that have popped up since we first opened in 2015, including one in Staunton that often causes confusion. We settled on The Perch not only because of our mostly-second floor location, but also because we're creating an integrated space with the new Magpie Diner to facilitate more interaction with the broader community, increase our ability to host the hell out of events/meetups/classes and offer food and beverage services to enhance those gatherings. Exposure to the broader community will be a huge benefit for entrepreneurs and non-profits who often tend to be hidden away. Plus we're all super excited about excellent coffee roasted on site (thanks, Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters!) and lots of parking!

We are now taking applications for our limited inventory of Private Offices. If you are interested, please complete the google form found here: forms.gle/LuCrGny8Qu1n1o7BA

Dedicated Desks and General Memberships will be available as well and more information will be available soon.
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In the final video in our meet your entrepreneur facilitator series, hear why Andy Vanhook from Appeal Production is looking forward to facilitating LAUNCH HARRISONBURG. ... See MoreSee Less

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In the final video in our meet your entrepreneur facilitator series, hear why Tisha from PrePOPsterous is looking forward to facilitating LAUNCH HARRISONBURG. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Harrisonburg Economic Development

Congratulations Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on your record breaking year! Fly local in 2020! ... See MoreSee Less

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CO.STARTERS, the company that we are working with for LAUNCH HARRISONBURG, recently rewrote their core values. These values will also play out in the first LAUNCH HARRISONBURG cohort.
Dedicated
Inventive
Supportive
Collaborative
Optimistic

It'll be DISCO time, come February!
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And now Tisha (PrePOPsterous), same question - why should folks be a part of the first cohort of LAUNCH HARRISONBURG? ... See MoreSee Less

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You met our two amazing facilitators yesterday. So let's ask them - why should you be a part of the LAUNCH HARRISONBURG cohort? First up is Andy Vanhook. ... See MoreSee Less

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And now meet Andy! ... See MoreSee Less

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The great part about LAUNCH HARRISONBURG is that you will be led by two successful, local entrepreneurs. We are thrilled to have Tisha McCoy-Ntiamoah, founder of PrePOPsterous, and Andy Vanhook, co-founder of Appeal Production, as the cohort facilitators. In this short video, meet Tisha! ... 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.