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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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February 12, 2018

Zero % Business Loans Available

WAYNESBORO, VA- In an effort to assist additional small businesses in Waynesboro, the Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has revamped its revolving loan fund program.

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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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June 15, 2017

Grow Waynesboro Grant Recipient Opens Portrait Studio

WAYNESBORO, VA- Hot on the heels of BlueOregano’s June 6th ribbon cutting, another 2017 Grow Waynesboro winner is opening her doors for business. Memories by Valerie Woolford will offer portraits and other photography at a new studio in Willow Oak Plaza. The ribbon cutting will take place Friday, June 16th from 3:00-4:00 pm. The public is invited to come and celebrate the event.

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June 01, 2017

Waynesboro Assistant Director of Economic Development & Tourism attends 26th Annual Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 1, 2017)—Courtney Cranor, Assistant Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Waynesboro joined more than three hundred tourism industry professionals, from across the United States, at Southeast Tourism Society’s (STS) 26th Annual Marketing College.

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May 24, 2017

Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership Unveils New Marketing Partnership and Message

Shenandoah Valley, VA – The Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership (SVTP) has unveiled its new marketing partnership and message during an event held at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “What’s New?” program. The SVTP is a professional collaboration between 13 tourism-forward communities stretching from Winchester to Lexington, whose mission is to promote the Shenandoah Valley as an outstanding year-round destination for visitors from around the world. 

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May 09, 2017

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Wins Statewide Tourism Awards

Among tough competition from some of the largest tourism bureaus in the state of Virginia, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail won two statewide awards at last month’s VIRGO Travel and Tourism Awards, presented by the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (VADMO). 
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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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April 14, 2017

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

WAYNESBORO, VA- Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for four new local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro. This marks the second year of the Grow Waynesboro initiative, which was made possible by a generous Community Business Launch Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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April 10, 2017

Grow Waynesboro to Award $51,000 in Small Business Grants

WAYNESBORO – This April, the City of Waynesboro’s Small Business Development initiative, Grow Waynesboro, will award $51,000 in grants for start-up businesses in Waynesboro. The awards will be announced at a celebration and presentation symposium, dubbed Pitch Night, on April 13th at 7:00pm at Basic City Beer Co in Waynesboro.

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February 06, 2017

From Start-Up Grants to Public Acclaim

WAYNESBORO – This winter in Waynesboro, local entrepreneurs working to launch new businesses in 2017 are beginning in-depth training and rigorous preparations for start-up grant awards. Meanwhile, high-profile start-ups from 2016 are already reporting new jobs, significant buildouts, and a growing impact on the local economy.

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January 10, 2017

New Coworking Site to Open in Waynesboro

As Grow Waynesboro’s search to find and fund the best new businesses of 2017 intensifies, this local economy initiative is announcing a new attraction for local entrepreneurs: free coworking space in downtown Waynesboro.

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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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