Bath-Highland Network Authority Receives VATI Grant

In December, Governor Northam announced the allocation of $722 million to provide universal broadband infrastructure in 70 localities, which will close 90% of Virginia’s digital divide. The funding—from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) and the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)—will support 35 projects. One of those projects is the […]

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PDC Housing RFP Released

Applications for affordable housing developers seeking funds through the PDC Housing Development Program are now open. In July 2021, the CSPDC was awarded $2 million in funding to support the creation of new affordable housing units. Specifically, the CSPDC is positioned to provide gap funds toward the creation of at […]

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Ag Innovation Center in Buena Vista Receives GO Virginia Funds

This December, the GO Virginia State Board awarded The Advancement Foundation a $550,000 Per Capita Grant for an Ag Innovation Center in downtown Buena Vista.  The Advancement Foundation will repurpose a vacant industrial site into a multiuse manufacturing, business incubation, and product development facility.  GO Virginia funds will support staff […]

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Chessie Trail Bridge Opens

Virginia Military Institute and project partners including Rockbridge County, the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, and Friends of the Chessie Trail cut the ribbon on a new bridge over the South River on December 10th. The ribbon-cutting marks the culmination of a multi-year effort to secure grant funding, design, […]

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Data Research for Recovery Plan Completed

Chumra Economics and Analytics has been working with the CSPDC to provide local and regional data that will be included in the Central Shenandoah Pandemic Recovery and Resiliency Plan. Data analysis by Chmura includes the impact of the pandemic on various industry sectors and employment, including the effect on downtowns […]

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Afton Express Bus Begins Service

The Afton Express bus service connecting Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro to Charlottesville began operations on September 1. Ridership has continued to grow throughout the month. A survey is being distributed to current riders exploring their satisfaction with the routing and schedule and soliciting any suggestions for potential service improvements. […]

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2020 Census Data

In August, the U.S. Census Bureau launched state-by-state profiles highlighting the preliminary findings of the 2020 Census. In addition to data on population growth, race, and the Hispanic population, the rollout also included totals for housing units and vacancy. The total number of reported housing units in the CSPDC region […]

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Request for Proposals – Now Open

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) is seeking proposals from qualified firms interested in being included on an on-call list for the CSPDC’s On-Call Consultant Program. The CSPDC represents a five-county area in the central portion of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, including the Cities of Harrisonburg, Lexington, Buena Vista, Staunton, […]

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Grant Resource Guide

For over 50 years, the CSPDC has been providing planning services and technical assistance to its member jurisdictions. One of many resources provided by the CSPDC is the Grant Resource Guide that contains regularly updated information on many of the grants available in our region. The Grant Resource Guide lists […]

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Homebuyers Program is Open for Applicants

The HOME Down Payment Assistance Program in the Central Shenandoah Valley region received annual funding to assist approximately eight first-time, low-to-moderate income homebuyers in 2020. HOME is a flexible gap financing program that provides eligible homebuyers with down-payment and/or closing cost assistance in the form of a forgivable loan. Funds are […]

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