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Welcome to Waynesboro, Virginia

WaySilver-Ribbon.jpgnesboro is strategically located in the I81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The city has a growing population of 21,000 amidst a labor pool of over 250,000 and is adjacent to 2 interstate highways, 3 railroads, 4 by-ways, and 5 airports allowing for easy and efficient connection to the world. The City is surrounded by 13 colleges and universities, has a strong heritage of manufacturing excellence, and is quickly becoming a regional retail center and tourism hub.

 

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September 25, 2018

North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers Announced

KALAMAZOO, Michigan  – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announces its 2018 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Gregory Hitchin, CEcD, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Waynesboro, VA has been named to this elite group.
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September 10, 2018

Tourism Revenue Reached $36,282,493 in Waynesboro in 2017

WAYNESBORO – Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year.

According to the US Travel Association, tourism in Virginia generated $25 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 232,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.73 billion in state and local taxes. 
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September 07, 2018

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

WAYNESBORO, VA- Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for four local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro. This marks the third year of the Grow Waynesboro initiative and the first year the program was funded through local sponsorship with funding from Lumos Networks, Shentel, and Union Bank and Trust.

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August 13, 2018

City Council Confirms Support of Museum

WAYNESBORO, VA- At the regularly scheduled City Council meeting of August 13, 2018, City Council approved a resolution providing $1,000,000 in incentives to the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) to build a “Waynesboro Campus” in downtown.  


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July 23, 2018

BOOST Tourism Grants Awarded by the City of Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO – The City of Waynesboro invests annually in tourism-oriented business endeavors, events, and projects through their grant program, “Building Opportunities tO Support Tourism (BOOST).”  


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July 19, 2018

Waynesboro to Host Dr. Vincent Magnini

WAYNESBORO – The City of Waynesboro will host Dr. Vincent Magnini, author and Associate Professor at Virginia Tech who will lead a seminar focused on “Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown” on August 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building. 
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June 15, 2018

GO Virginia Region 8 Funds Cybersecurity Workforce Development Project

HARRISONBURG (June 15, 2018) – GO Virginia Region 8 announced today that funding for the public-private Cyber Security Workforce Development and Jobs Program submitted in round four of project grants to the state GO Virginia Board has been approved.
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June 14, 2018

Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Release 10-Year Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education

VERONA VA- Today, the Offices of Economic Development for the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro as well as Augusta County release the outcome of a collaborative project, a 10-Year Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education.
 

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April 12, 2018

Waynesboro Announces Grow Waynesboro 2018 Program

WAYNESBORO – Local entrepreneurs planning to launch a Waynesboro business by March of 2019 will now be eligible for up to $10,000 in start-up grants to be awarded by the City’s small business development initiative, Grow Waynesboro. 

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January 23, 2018

Tourism Grant Program for Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO VA- Greater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) announces the release of the spring grant program for 2018. GART, which incorporates tourism efforts from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, will focus on businesses operating within those localities. The program enables up to four grant awards of $2,500 maximum per grant.
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November 29, 2017

International Economic Development Council Elects New Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC /WAYNESBORO, VA- The Nominating Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Mr. Gregory Hitchin, CEcD and Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Waynesboro, to its Board of Directors for a two-year term. The election took place during the recent IEDC's 2017 Annual Conference. Mr. Hitchin will begin his two-year term January 2018.

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September 22, 2017

City Recognized by International Economic Development Council

WAYNESBORO, VA- The City of Waynesboro received two Silver Excellence in Economic Development Awards in the population less than 25,000 category from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 
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September 21, 2017

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant

Richmond -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail received $22,230 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $967,000 for 50 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism. 

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September 05, 2017

Tourism Revenue Reached $35,337,606 in Waynesboro in 2016

WAYNESBORO, VA- Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year.

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July 19, 2017

Waynesboro Receives $216,500 VBRSP Grant

WAYNESBORO, VA- The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has been awarded a $216,500 grant as part of the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program (VBRSP).  The program is designed to assist communities in preparing industrial or commercial sites for new business.  The grant will help offset the water and sewer design engineering work slated to begin later this summer at Waynesboro’s Nature’s Crossing Technology Center.

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June 28, 2017

BOOST Tourism Grants Awarded by the City of Waynesboro

Waynesboro, VA- The City of Waynesboro invests annually in tourism-oriented business endeavors, events, and projects through their grant program, “Building Opportunities tO Support Tourism (BOOST).”  City businesses and organizations were invited to apply for up to $3,000 to support eligible activities such as events, festivals and projects intended to entice visitation as well as the associated marketing, design and printing costs.


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June 07, 2017

Business Appreciation Breakfast

WAYNESBORO – In recognition of the statewide Business Appreciation Celebration, The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro is pleased to announce that the annual Economic Development Business at Breakfast meeting is once again being offered at no charge to Chamber and non-Chamber members and businesses located in the area.

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June 19, 2017

Facelift for a One-of-a-Kind Model

WAYNESBORO, VA- When travelers step into the Rockfish Gap Tourist Information Center (TIC) on Afton Mountain, they often gasp. What they thought would be a quick restroom break becomes an awesome glimpse into the topography of the region, thanks to the large-scale replica of the Shenandoah Valley that occupies the majority of the room.


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June 06, 2017

First of Grow Waynesboro Winners Pops-Up

WAYNESBORO – BlueOregano is the first of four 2017 Grow Waynesboro grant awardees to open their doors. Come help them celebrate their opening at 403 W Main Street during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, June 6th at 2:00pm. The catering company was awarded a $16,000 from this year’s start-up competition, Grow Waynesboro’s The Search, Downtown in April during a live pitch night at Basic City Beer Company after having completed an eight-week business planning class.

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April 17, 2017

Downtown Co-Working Site Launches in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO – Downtown Waynesboro has many amenities for new and emerging entrepreneurs, but this month it celebrates a new milestone: a free co-working space with Wi-Fi, shared printing equipment, a reservable conference room for meetings, and more. 

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Business Testimonials

PGI Expands
"The collaborative spirit we saw here in Virginia tipped the balance in your favor," PGI former CEO Ronee Hagen said of the recent $65 million expansion.  

 
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