While Shenandoah County does not have malls, big factories or many of the chain stores and restaurants that more populated counties have, its tourism and agritourism businesses are thriving and contributing to the local economy.

In addition to the $230 million in business revenues and jobs creation, the county benefits from the local tourism industry in the form of tax revenue, with a whopping $6.6 million collected in local and county taxes last year.

Jenna French, the county’s executive director of economic development and tourism, credits the increase in tourism revenues to new businesses opening in the county that are giving tourists a reason to visit.

We’d like to congratulate French and others involved in drawing tourists and businesses to the area for a top-notch job. Well done!