Moving on Up!
Magazine has compiled a list of the Best Small Places
for Business And Careers in 2015 and the Winchester MSA
(Metropolitan Statistical Area, of which Frederick
County is the major player) ranked 15th, up from 18th a
year ago. It appears that our policies on business and
growth are having a positive impact. To drill down a
little deeper locally between 2010 and 2014
1,415 new jobs were created or 14th best
performance statewide, while capital investment was
$406 million or 10th best in the state.
Yes that is what was reported by the Virginia Employment
Commission in their release of data for July 2015. The
State average was 4.7% and the U.S. average was 5.6%.
More evidence that Frederick County is committed to
implementing sound policies enhancing a desired quality
of life in which to live, work and play.
FARM FAMILIES will
always need FARMLAND!
Virginia we lose over 100,000 acres of farmland
annually, and another 17,000 acres of forestland. This tidbit of information caught my attention when I
attended a very enlightening presentation on June 18 at
the Farm Credit building on Valley Ave. A Land
Conservation Education event was hosted by the Frederick
and Shenandoah Conservation Easement Authorities,
featuring speakers from the
Conservation Partners, LLC. The focus of the event
was to raise awareness of the options available for
protecting land for future generations.
If you would
like to find our more about preserving your farm or land
and its associated benefits there are several agencies
that can help provide the answers to your questions.
Although we do not endorse any one agency or company a
good place to start your quest for information is on the
website of the company listed above. Click on the name
to be taken to their website.
If every household in the Northern Shenandoah Valley
spent just $10 a week on local foods, the area's economy
would benefit by more than $171 million per year. That was the finding of a recent study by the
Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Something on your mind?
If there is anything you are concerned about or you just
want to let me know of something taking place in your community that I should be
aware of, please let me know. I can be reached via
email or by phone at 540 247
We are proud members of the Farm Bureau.
Agriculture and forestry
are Virginia’s first and largest industry, but Virginia’s farms and
your food could become threatened if we don’t all take steps to
preserve them. Find out how you can become a member of Virginia Farm
Bureau to put your support behind the farms that produce your
The County Finance Department has posted
Financial forms that give some very good detail on our
fiscal standing and other interesting news. You can find