The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a weekly post-pandemic webinar series starting at noon Thursday through Oct. 29. Join professionals in business and government to learn about guidelines, resources, marketing tips, accounting/insurance and human resources to help get your business ready to re-open in this COVID-19 impacted environment. Registration: https://tinyurl.com/refocusebuild.


The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority, in partnership with Shenandoah County Economic Development, the towns of Edinburg, Mount Jackson, New Market, Strasburg, Toms Brook and Woodstock and the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, have launched a Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Assistance Grant.

The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors have allocated $500,000 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act to the IDA for small business grants. The grant can assist small businesses with cash needed for rent or mortgage payments, reopening expenses, utilities, payroll or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.

A copy of the application or further information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yxrsz6v2 or email Jenna French, Director of Tourism & Economic Development at jfrench@shenandoahcountyva.us.

New grant

The Shenandoah Spirits Trail has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to fund recovery marketing initiatives.

The grant money will be used to promote multiple GRAB & GO Outdoor Adventure excursions in the Northern Shenandoah Valley using digital and social campaigns, new video production and radio ads to further promote WanderLove and connect consumers to the outdoor seating, recreation and local provisions available in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The Shenandoah Spirits Trail is a partnership program that supports the hospitality businesses located in the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Rockingham and the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg.

Leadership award

Kent D. Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, has received the 2020 Electric Cooperative Leadership Award from the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

At the organization's 76th annual meeting, which was held virtually, Farmer received the association’s highest award. During his leadership, REC undertook a major Smart Grid initiative to better serve its members as one of the 100 utilities in the country to receive a U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant. In 2010, Farmer oversaw the acquisition of 51,000 new members formerly served by investor-owned utility Allegheny Power.

Farmer is a native of Caroline County, where he lives with his wife Sharon. He is retiring Aug. 1, after serving REC for 41 years in a variety of leadership roles, including president and CEO since 2004.


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