November 2017  |  PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY

Our Perspective
Spotlight: Augusta County's Bounty
Food is a vital part of our lives - from sustenance to celebration, we use food to enrich our bodies, our moods and our days. Even this week, we'll spice up our work week and hope to win the County chili cook-off with our three-meat chili! Don't tell anyone, but bacon is the secret.
Food is all around us, and that of course, is never more apparent than at Thanksgiving time. We have opportunities to prepare turkeys pastured in our rolling hills and side dishes made from vegetables grown just miles away. Knowing the abundance of food available in this area, we constantly give thanks for those who grow what sustains us - our farmers. Fields of Gold brings those farmers to the forefront with its most recent video. Take a minute and learn more about those who make it all possible.
If you're a local food fan or farmer yourself, the upcoming Farm to Table Conference will be held at Blue Ridge Community College from December 6-7. Register here, and take an educational and networking opportunity to grow the strength of agriculture in this area.
After all the eating and education, an even better picture of the effect of agriculture in our area will be seen when the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture numbers are released in December. Anecdotally, we know agriculture is huge in this area, but having quantifiable numbers proves our case.
Here's to the upcoming holidays, and the special part food plays in your celebrations!


Amanda Glover, Director of Economic Development

Daikin Applied - Made in Virginia, Made in Augusta County
PBS spotlight on Verona manufacturer
PBS recently highlighted Verona-based Daikin Applied in its Made in Virginia series. Focusing on the high-tech companies strengthening VA's strong manufacturing sector, Made in Virginia videos are a great showcase for quality VA products. Click here to learn more about Daikin Applied - maker of industrial air chillers.
Spark Tank
There's a new contest in town! Valley Inbound, located in Staunton, is welcoming businesses and entrepreneurs from Central Virginia to apply  and compete to win a marketing package valued at $20,000:
  • Custom Designed Website
  • Written Content
  • Photo Shoot
  • 30-second Commercial
  • Premier Car Wrap
  • Branding Package (logo design or redesign, business cards, letterhead, and more)
  • Marketing Strategy Plan Development
Applicants will participate in a Facebook voting round with eight finalists then competing in a live Spark Tank event in January where the winner will be selected. Apply here.

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