In this Issue:
Ten-Year Career and Technical Education Strategic Plan
Existing Business Expansions
Tourism Grant Program
Our Perspective
Spotlight: Ten-Year Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education

To strengthen our workforce pipeline, Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County's economic developers determined a need to evaluate the region's current career and technical education (CTE) system and develop a plan of recommended improvements and additions.
Augusta County, on behalf of area localities, applied for and received a $40,000 Department of Housing and Community Development Building Collaborative Communities grant. The resulting Strategic Plan, completed by The Virginia Group, identifies and maps assets as well as analyzes gaps and deficiencies in the educational pathways, communication networks and curriculums, technologies and facilities providing CTE. Local educators, employers and workforce development partners were engaged throughout the process.
"Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro can boast a dedicated cadre of CTE teachers, responsive CTE students, and the elements necessary for an outstanding CTE program. The region can also boast of creating a joint CTE center at the high school level before regional cooperation was thought to be desirable. Blue Ridge Community College's dynamic presence and leadership, which spreads beyond its campus, is to be celebrated. This strong foundation makes implementation of this plan more readily possible," said Dr. Camille Miller of The Virginia Group.
The full Strategic Plan can be found here.


Amanda Glover, Director of Economic Development & Tourism

Hometown Growth
Existing Business Expansions

Provides US, Inc. and ComSonics, Inc., located in Verona and Weyers Cave respectively, both recently announced exciting expansions - including additional investments and new jobs. Growth in our existing businesses typifies a healthy economy and local commitment to business success. Click either company name to read more about each announcement.

Provides US - $897,000, 20 new jobs
ComSonics - $615,000, 34 new jobs

Augusta County 2018-2019 Tourism Grant Program

The Augusta County Tourism Grant Program is live! All tourism partners - please check out the press release here, and email us at staff@augustavabusiness.com for an application. Some important notes:
  • Programs must occur between August 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.
  • Projects or initiatives of existing projects must be new.
Applications will be evaluated based on:
  • Viability of bringing in visitors from outside the region (For the purposes of tourism, visitors are considered individuals who travel more than 50 miles to reach a tourism business or event.)
  • Strength of marketing and promotional plan
  • Possibility of encouraging off-peak travel
  • Creativity and partnerships with and promotion of other Augusta County businesses
The deadline to submit applications is July 27th, 2018 at 5:00p.m.

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