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VA Not The Biggest Loser In Jobs

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A Richmond Times-Dispatch economic columnist writes that Virginia “fared pretty well during the recession” in terms of unemployment rates in the second quarter of 2009. Or, depending on your current employment status, we were the fifth least worst state in the nation for job loss. According to Christine Chmura, Harrisonburg is doing better than most […]

One Court Square: Use vs Bid

Friday, February 26, 2010


One Court Square has been vacant for so long, it’s become a sort of unfunny joke among certain downtowners. The city and HRHA bought the property for $1 million in 2004, spent another $450,000 on renovations, and has been unsuccessfully trying to break even on a sale ever since. Despite rumors of businesses moving in, […]

City Vies For High Speed Internet Trial

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Harrisonburg is in competition with a myriad of cities across the country for Google’s attention. Earlier this month, the tech giant announced plans “to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.” City officials want Harrisonburg to be the epicenter of those 1 gigabit-per-second fiber […]

Business Summit & Economic Outlook

Friday, February 19, 2010


Yesterday morning around 200 local business owners, managers, organizers and leaders gathered at First Presbyterian Church to hear a sometimes gloomy economic forecast for the Harrisonburg metro area. The event combined the annual Chamber of Commerce economic forecast with the Harrisonburg Summit on business and the economy.

Best Buy Moving In

Thursday, February 18, 2010


The rumor floated on Twitter last week is confirmed in today’s Daily News-Record: Best Buy is coming to town. According to the story, it’s expected to open in May in the former Circuit City location in Harrisonburg Crossing.

Homelessness On The Rise?

Friday, January 29, 2010


Across the nation, localities are taking count of their homeless populations, and some officials are finding major increases in the number of people without homes. HRHA is currently conducting a similar study in Harrisonburg, and they expect the numbers to be up here also.

Old Dominion Coffee Co. Closing

Friday, January 15, 2010


A commenter in the Pennybackers discussion wrote, “ODCC will be closing January 18th according to a sign on the door.” Sure enough, there is a sign on the door. I asked someone behind the counter, and they confirmed it. Old Dominion Coffee Company will be closing its doors next week. This is the second small […]

Midtowne Market To Close?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Midtowne Market is closing. The locally-owned convenience store opened in January 2007, and was mentioned in several posts here. David Miller, a former hburgnews contributor is part-owner. I, for one, will miss it. Photo by Renee via the hburgnews Flickr pool. UPDATE: I have learned there is a group working on plans to keep Mindtowne […]

Pilgrim’s Announces 230 Layoffs

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Reuters is reporting that Pilgrim’s Pride, which was recently bought by JBS, is cutting office jobs in several locations. Timberville is among them. These are administrative, “white collar” jobs, not production positions. The total is 230 nationwide, though it’s unclear from this release how many of those positions have been eliminated locally. About 160 of […]

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    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.