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Jail Study: Already Crowded, Will Get Worse Fast

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


A 2007 study by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission projects that the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail will be at more than double its capacity by the year 2025, and called for beginning the design and construction process in the 2009 session of the General Assembly, which is already underway. 

Purcell Park Stream Restoration Begins!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


After several years of planning and hard work by many dedicated people and agencies, the Purcell Park Stream Restoration project’s groundbreaking will be held on Thursday January 29, 2009, 10AM at Purcell Park. The groundbreaking event is open to the public; everyone is invited to attend. Artist Rendering of Purcell Park in 20 years

Impact of the Rosetta Stone deal

Friday, January 16, 2009


Earlier this week, the Harrisonburg City Council voted unanimously to approve the sale of the old HPD headquarters to Rosetta Stone.  What will be the effects on the city’s bottom line, and what are the potential scenarios for the future?

Pike Church development

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


One of the final items in this evening’s City Council agenda (PDF) is the execution of an agreement between the city and Pike Church, LLC. The contract pertains to the large property just south of the truck stop off Main Street which lays across the city-county line. While details are still a little fuzzy, the […]

An Offer They Can’t Refuse?

Thursday, January 8, 2009


According to the DNR, Rosetta Stone is asking the city government for a bargain-priced building, a significant traffic change and precious upper-deck parking spaces at the Water Street deck.  In return, they are dangling the tantalizing offer of 100 new well-paying jobs.

Lohr resubmits anti-annexation bill

Monday, January 5, 2009

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The 2009 General Assembly session hasn’t officially begun yet, but prefiled bills have already come rolling in on Richmond Sunlight. Del. Matt Lohr has resubmitted his annexation moratorium bill. The “new” bill is identical to a previous bill that was voted down in committee in 2008, and another that was vetoed by Gov. Kaine in […]

New “Wayfinding” Signs in the City

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


You have probably noticed the new large blue and yellow signs around the City of Harrisonburg. They are part of the “Next Step Downtown” project and were created by NW Sign Industries in Virginia Beach in collaboration with the city’s Department of Public Works and based on conceptual designs by Frazier and Associates of Staunton. […]

Server Farm Finds Rich Soil in Harrisonburg

Friday, December 5, 2008


As Harrisonburg continues to draw more technology ventures, one is the growth of the thirteen-acre Blue Ridge Data Center (BRDC) located next to the Technology Park, as reported previously by WHSV and the DNR. An excerpt from the announcement posted to the Harrisonburg Economic Development website back in June states:

Relative Housing Prices and Demographic Shifts in the Valley

Friday, November 28, 2008


A handful of stories in the local media this week have reported on the continuing state and regional shifts in age-related demographics, with some interesting implications for the Shenandoah Valley.

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    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.