WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development is on the hunt for a business retention and expansion coordinator.

Jenna French, the county’s tourism and economic development director, said the position will be “an important part of moving our office and our efforts in economic development forward.”

“When we adopted our Economic Development Strategic Plan in 2019, there were a number of recommendations that we recognized would require more staffing for us to successfully implement. Business retention and expansion is the foundation for most economic development offices and will be the focus for this new position,” French said. “This includes small business outreach and communication to better understand the needs of our local business community and develop programs to better support them in growth and retention.”

According to the job posting, the position will also build upon the existing Worlds of Work event, which is a collaboration between educators, economic development officials and private businesses to expose middle school students to potential career paths and job opportunities; develop a collaborative approach to workforce attraction and retention and workforce development; and develop a new economic development website for the county highlighting available sites and economic development programs while streamlining the process for doing business in the county.

The coordinator will be expected to visit with local businesses, something French said the department has been doing more of since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the pandemic, we were able to connect with several small businesses throughout the county that we had no previous engagement with and hope to be able to build off of the connections made during that time to ensure these businesses a successful future here in Shenandoah County,” French said of the position.

The salary range is between $49,771 and $73,886 . The complete position description and application is available online at shenandoahcountyva.us or at the Shenandoah County Government Center at 600 N. Main St., Suite 102, in Woodstock.

The position will be open until it is filled with a first review of applications expected to begin Friday.

— Contact Matt Welch at mwelch@winchesterstar.com

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Valleynative

Our county has so much natural beauty but will businesses move to a county that voted 70% for Trump, has an effort underway to rename schools for Confederate General's, and has an aging populace as younger people leave for better opportunities?

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