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Leach Run Parkway Groundbreaking Ceremony: 12/16/15
The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Leach Run Parkway – a 1.3-mile, four-lane highway, divided by a median, designed to connect Happy Creek Road to John Marshall Highway.
The authority spearheaded the $13.18 million project, working with engineers and other agencies such as the Virginia Department of Transportation along with the town and county. The EDA also worked to acquire the land needed for the highway that will provide access to the new middle school. The route also runs along property planned for development by HEPTAD and land owned by Valley Health.
Town and county representatives as well as some former Front Royal mayors participated in the groundbreaking. Patricia Wines, chairwoman of the EDA board of directors, led the event and noted that the project has been a long time coming.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Traczyk commented on the collaborative effort it took to reach this point.
“This is another example of what we can do when we put our efforts together, put politics aside and do what’s right for our people,” Traczyk said, reading from a statement. “Working together with the town, the EDA and the county, this project and others recently really have come to fruition.”
ITFederal, LLC Groundbreaking Ceremony takes Place: 10/26/15
Officials: Dick Traczyk, Chairman County Board of Supervisors; Congressman Bob Goodlatte, 10th District; Curt Tran, President ITFederal, LLC; Patty Wines, Chairwoman, EDA; Jennifer McDonald, Executive Director, EDA; Tim Darr, Mayor of Front Royal.
ITFederal, LLC to Build 67,000 s.f. Mixed Use Facility at Avtex and Create ~ 600 New Jobs
Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced on Friday, June 12, that ITFederal, LLC, will locate at the Avtex Site in Front Royal, VA. ITF will invest $40,000,000 and build a 67,000 square foot mixed use facility housing a data center and retail space and will create upward of 600 jobs over the life of the 3-phase project. The first phase is expected to begin in Third Quarter of 2015, with the final phase to be completed around September 2018.
“I am happy to have supported the efforts leading up to this announcement and commend Front Royal and Warren County officials for their hard work to ensure it came to fruition,” said Cong. Goodlatte. “I’m especially happy that the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority was able to so quickly attract the first new business to the former Avtex site.”
In celebration of Business Appreciation Month, Business Excellence Awardees have been selected! Congratulations: Backroom Brewery, Joe’s Steakhouse and Weathervane Graphics! Three outstanding businesses in our community! Thank you to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative for being a sponsor of this program!
Mike Gochenour, Chamber; Billie Clifton, Backroom Brewery, Jennifer McDonald, EDA
“We are really growing fast,” said Ms. Clifton, “and, it’s all due to the EDA. When we called — they helped us enormously!”
“Our company has experience working with economic development authorities across the country. I should say, Warren County has one of the most effective economic development authorities we’ve ever dealt with.” Bill Ellis, CFO, Keystone Transportation Solutions.
“We enjoy doing business in Warren County. Our expansion is evolving smoothly with the assistance of the County’s planning offices, and the EDA has been a great supporter in our development.” Devon Anders, President, InterChange Port Services.
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