In this Issue:
Shenandoah Valley Farm2Fork Affair
SHD 2018 Success
Agritourism How-To Guide
Our Perspective
Spotlight: Shenandoah Valley Farm2Fork Affair
'Tis the season! Happy Holidays from Augusta County Economic Development! We wish you all the best as we count down to Christmas and New Year's.
Another countdown is on as well. On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the first-ever Shenandoah Valley Farm2Fork Affair (Farm2Fork) will be held, providing Shenandoah Valley farm and food producers an opportunity to directly promote their products to commercial buyers. Previously, smaller sub-regional Farm2Fork expos were held in regions around the Shenandoah Valley, including the Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro metro in 2016 (pictures below). We're now connecting all Valley regions for this biennial one-day event to showcase the Shenandoah Valley as a farm-to-table hub to buyers from around the Commonwealth, DC metro area and other neighboring states.

Farm2Fork is a collaborative effort of economic development agencies, tourism departments, business development organizations, and local food initiatives. Restaurants, universities, retailers, grocers, distribution centers, full-service hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other buyers are invited to sample the best of the Shenandoah Valley.
We want to encourage every Augusta County producer interested in increasing commercial food sales to commercial buyers to participate! If you have not received an invitation, please let us know.
Again, happy holidays, and cheers to the producers that make those full-to-the-brim holiday feasting tables possible!
Amanda and Rebekah

Amanda Glover, Director of Economic Development  
Rebekah Castle, Marketing Coordinator


SHD going strong
SkyWest Airlines delivering on performance

Going strong since April 2018, SHD is seeing robust performance and increasing passenger traffic with SkyWest Airlines operating non-stop service to Chicago and Dulles. Highlights of SHD's partnership with SkyWest include:
  • A 100% completion factor in October (all flights scheduled were operated).
  • SkyWest is averaging a 99% completion factor since the start of operations at SHD in April.
  • SHD broke a 20 year passenger traffic record in October.
VA Business recently covered the success SHD is having here. Remember to check out SHD when you're making travel plans!
Agritourism How-To Guide
If you're thinking about starting an agritourism business in Augusta County or maybe you want to hold an event at your business, we've developed an easy-to-read document to help you navigate Augusta County requirements. The document also highlights helpful resources for growth, financing, and marketing assistance. Click here to get going!

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