2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference Set for April

Three days filled with fresh ideas on a variety of hot topics are on tap at the 2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference, set for April 18-20, 2017, in Richmond. Topics include building your agritourism business, marketing, event planning and social media, as well as financing, labor and legal “stuff.” Dr. Basil Gooden, […]

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Bike the Valley Goes to Canada

Five hundred Bike the Valley brochures were mailed to Canada as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) international marketing program.   VTC maintains a tourism office in Toronto and Quebec where they promote Virginia to the Canadian market.  The Shenandoah Valley is a popular cycling destination for Canadian tourists who seek […]

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Community Emergency Response Training Begins in March

Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, in partnership with CSPDC, will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).  Two courses will be offered, with an evening option on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting March 22nd and a morning course on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. starting March 23rd.  The training will be […]

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Grants Available for Dam and Floodplain Projects

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced that $1.2 million dollars in grant funds are available through the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund. The Fund is managed by the Virginia Resources Authority on behalf of DCR.  Eligible projects through the Fund include dam […]

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Braiding the Way Releases Community Survey

Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area is conducting an online survey as part of the process for developing a Master Outdoor Recreation Plan for the region.  The survey is open to both residents and visitors and asks participants to share information on their involvement in outdoor […]

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Grant Awarded For Regional Wildfire Protection Plan

The CSPDC has received  grant funds from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program to complete a regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). CWPPs cover such issues as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, and structural protection. Previously, the CSPDC assisted […]

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Farm2Fork Affair Set for March 6

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Farm2Fork Affair on March 6, 2017 in Luray, Virginia, will connect regional agricultural producers and large-scale consumers in a trade show expo.  John Hoffman the Executive Chef of Keswick Hall will deliver the keynote address to an audience expected to include producers and hundreds of restaurateurs, […]

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CSPDC Welcomes New Staff Members

We are pleased to welcome planners Jonathan Howard, Tracy Hibbitts, and Liza Vick to the CSPDC team. Jonathan, who was hired as a transportation planner, is a Navy veteran and former VDOT employee.  He will be involved in many of the CSPDC’s transportation programs including MPO projects, the Rural Transportation […]

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SMART SCALE Projects Recommended for Funding

The Commonwealth Transportation Commission released its preliminary funding scenario for the FY 2018 SMART SCALE cycle.  Ten applications submitted from within the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission region were recommended for funding. Next steps for the funding of these projects include public meetings and opportunities for comment in the Spring […]

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Weldon Cooper Releases 2016 Population Data

The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center has released the 2016 official population estimates for Virginia and its counties and independent cities. Data shows trends toward population growth concentrated to urban areas and an aging population. Specific locality and regional population data is available on the Weldon Cooper Center website […]

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