Tourism director to retire on Aug. 1

WOODSTOCK — Susie Hill, Shenandoah County’s director of economic development and tourism, has announced plans to retire this summer after 11 years.

Hill is responsible for facilitating the assembling of five chambers of commerce in the area to form the Chamber Advisory Group, which in turn facilitated the Route 11 Yard Crawl.

“It’s a wonderful, creative group,” Hill said of the group, whose members come from the Mt. Jackson, Woodstock, Strasburg, New Market and Edinburg chambers. “There’s a lot of synergy going on there.”

Recently, Hill has overseen development in the form of everything from the expansion of Mercury Paper in Strasburg to a new facility for the Route 11 Potato Chips company, among other economic activities.

Once her retirement takes effect Aug. 1, Hill says she plans on traveling extensively with her husband and taking the time to “enjoy being a grandma” to her two granddaughters.

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