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50 Years of Population Growth in the Region

The CSPDC is proud to serve the estimated 301,485 residents within the five rural counties, five cities, and eleven towns that comprise the region. Over the past five decades, the region’s population has increased 61.8%, going from 186,306 in 1970 to an estimated 301,485 in 2018. The region gained the most […]

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Farm2Fork Affair: March 5

The Fields of Gold Farm Trail will have an information booth at the one-day Farm2Fork Affair. This event connects Shenandoah Valley farmers and producers with buyers throughout Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Buyers representing restaurants, universities, hospitals, lodgings and retail establishments can conveniently sample and source products from our rich agricultural […]

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Mobility Management Resource Guide Now Available

The CSPDC’s new Mobility Management Resource Guide provides a central location to obtain information on various transportation and transit providers in the region and to help increase resource sharing among the agencies that provide these services. The guide includes contact information, service area, population served, and transportation services.

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New Staff Members: Rachel Salatin & Zach Beard

We are pleased to announce that on January 2, Rachel Salatin joined our staff as our new  Fields of Gold Agritourism Coordinator and Zach Beard as a Transportation Planner.

For the past three years, Rachel Salatin has been the Executive Director of the Beverley Street Studio School. Prior to that, she was the Membership Coordinator for the Artisan Center of Virginia. Rachel has extensive experience with branding, marketing, social media and websites, and planning and hosting events and conferences. Rachel grew up on a local family farm, Polyface Farm in Augusta County, and has a deep appreciation and understanding of the region’s rich agricultural landscape. She is looking forward to supporting our small businesses and inviting visitors to enjoy our diverse and unique agritourism destinations.

Zach Beard is a native of Rockingham County, and joins the CSPDC after working for the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development

Law Clinic in Morgantown, WV. Prior to that, Zach worked as a local foods coordinator for our partners at the Highland Center in Monterey. Zach holds a master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and recently received his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification. Zach will help staff our urban and rural transportation planning programs.