National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, Bike Month is a great time to dust off your bike, try it for the first time or help spread the word about why you love getting around on two wheels. National Bike Month encompasses Bike to Work Week (May 13-17) and Bike to Work Day (May 17).
Visit our Bike the Valley website to learn more about Bike Month events and promotions in our region.
This workshop will provide participants with new data and tools available to support water resource management decision-making in the region, and present examples of their use (click here to view agenda). Participants will also have the opportunity to interface with other water managers and users, locality representatives, regulators, and other stakeholders on possible applications of various management tools to maximize water management efforts in the Shenandoah River watershed.
This is a free event, and lunch will be served. Please register HERE by Friday, May 24th. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. For more information contact C.J. Mitchem, CSPDC, 540-885-5174, email@example.com.
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission recently received a $35,000 planning grant from the Governor's Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) for the Fields of Gold agritourism project. The money will help the regional agritourism consortium develop and market a robust website that will include an interactive map of agritourism sites, an events calendar and farm-to-restaurant guide.
For the complete release from the Governor's office, click HERE.
RideShare, a cooperative program of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, is pleased to announce the formation of a vanpool from Waynesboro to Charlottesville for commuters whose work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The vanpool departs from the Waynesboro Park and Ride Lot located off Route 340 just south of the I-64 interchange and drop off sites include various locations at the University of Virginia. The initial departure from Waynesboro is 6:45 AM and the vanpool arrives back to Waynesboro at 5:30 PM.
For more information on the vanpool, contact either RideShare at 888-974-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Fenderson at 804-740-3010, Chris.Fenderson@vRide.com.
RideShare is funded by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. For more information on other RideShare programs, visit www.rideshareinfo.org.
In 2013, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program coordinated by the CSPDC will celebrate ten years of training citizens to protect themselves, family, and neighbors from disasters and emergencies. Begun in 2003, the regional CERT program has trained over four hundred and fifty (450) people with the national CERT curriculum which involves training one night a week for nine weeks on topics including disaster preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, and terrorism awareness. Once the basic training course is completed, CERT members have the opportunity to take advanced training courses that are offered several times a year as well as volunteer in their communities. To date, there are 93 active volunteers in the CERT program. CERT volunteers have staffed emergency shelters, set-up a temporary pet shelter, and manned disaster preparedness informational booths at countless community events. Our dedicated CERT volunteers have spent an entire decade donating their time to making the Central Shenandoah Valley disaster resistant.
For more information about CERT, please contact Rebecca Joyce at email@example.com or 540-885-5174.
Agritourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia will be able to roll out a whole new range of activities in the coming years thanks to a recent $60,000 grant from the Building Collaborative Communities program, a broad-based effort that brings to bear resources from a number of state entities. The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will administer the grant on behalf of the Fields of Gold region. Funds will be allocated to develop partnerships, create business support services, market the Valley's rich agricultural offerings and build a sustainable organizational structure for long-term viability.
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., 24th Senatorial District of Virginia, commented on the importance of the Fields of Gold program to the Shenandoah Valley's economy: "Promoting the Shenandoah Valley as a diverse agritourism destination through the Fields of Gold initiative is a solid economic development tool that will enhance the economic viability of area agricultural enterprises. The award of the Building Collaborative Communities grant provides program planners the resources necessary to build an infrastructure that ensures the longevity and effectiveness of the initiative."
For more information on the Fields of Gold agritourism initiative and upcoming events, visit the CSPDC website or Facebook.
Registration for the new and improved Bike Virginia Tour 2013 is now open. Enjoy 6 days of riding and a revamped event that includes more riding, fewer riders, easy accommodations, and great food and social events. With fewer slots than in recent years, don’t wait to sign up! Click HERE to get in on the fun.
The CSPDC now offers an on-call consultant program to the localities in the region. The intent of this program is to enhance the CSPDC’s capability in facilitating assistance to localities in a timely and cost effective manner. The on-call services may include, but are not limited to:
- Transportation planning, design & engineering
- Master planning (i.e., downtown revitalization, greenways/blueways, community development, etc.)
- Stormwater compliance/TMDL development
- Environmental Services (i.e. energy conservation, Phase I assessment, etc.)
- Site plan/subdivision/commercial/residential development design or review
- Water and sewer preliminary engineering and design services
- Architectural design and building renovation.
Please contact the CSPDC for more information about this program.
The Fall 2012 Quarterly Planner Newsletter of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission has been published. Please review HERE.