September 2018 |  PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY

In this Issue:
2017 Tourism Economic Impact Data
Tourism Grant Program Award
SBSD Symposium
BRCC Training Opportunities
Our Perspective
Spotlight: Tourism Numbers are in - hot and rising

People really #LoveVA! The 2017 Tourism Economic Impact Data is out, and with expenditures reaching $25 billion, the Commonwealth continues to see increased visitation, rising revenues and a strong private employer sector. For more information, click here.
In support of the travelers spending $68M a day in Virginia, we have worked with several programs throughout 2018 to bring those visitors into Augusta County.   We revamped  and continue to support the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. #BeerwerksTrail is now celebrating almost 2,000 redeemed passports since a launch in very late 2017! The program is getting ready to select a new t-shirt color, and Beerwerks newsletter readers can help sway the vote. Sign up for the newsletter on Beerwerks website here to make sure you're in on the choice. Of course, as the season turns to fall, we continue to tout Fields of Gold and nothing's hotter than pumpkin picking (unless it's pumpkin spice).
We'll continue to work on marketing Augusta County, both on the tourism side and the economic development side, so keep an eye out for new videos and printed pieces as we grow our marketing toolkit.
Rebekah Castle, Marketing Coordinator, Economic Development & Tourism

Tourism Grant Program Award
Red Wing Roots Music Festival

We're thrilled to announce Red Wing Roots Music Festival is an awardee of the 2018-2019 Augusta County Tourism Grant Program. This program is designed to boost existing tourism businesses within Augusta County by supporting marketing initiatives. Red Wing Roots, held at Natural Chimneys which was recently named Virginia's Hidden Gem by Reader's Digest, is strumming its way into its seventh year.

Broaden your Horizons - a Small Business Symposium

Plan to attend the VA Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity's free event offering information on marketing, finances, accounting and doing business within VA.

SBSD Small Business Symposium
VMI Hall of Valor - Marshall Center for Leadership & Ethics
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30am-12:30pm

Register here.

Training Opportunities at BRCC
Don't forget - Blue Ridge Community College offers great training classes for a wide variety of needs. Let's focus this month on Human Resources - click here to learn more about Onboarding New Employees, the Art of Personal Coaching, Conflict Management, and many more.

Augusta County Economic Development & Tourism
We're here. Ready to help. Call. Email. Visit!