Shenandoah National Park-Skyline Drive Draw Thousands of Visitors Each Year Supporting Numerous Small Businesses in the Valley
It’s “leaf peeping” time in the Valley. And, thousands of visitors move through the Shenandoah National Park. Front Royal is home to the northern entrance of Skyline Drive leading into the Park. In 2014 in Front Royal-Warren County alone, tourism generated $134mm in expenditures, $2.5mm in tax receipts and supported 1600 tourism-related local jobs. (VA Tourism Corporation)
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.
EDA’s Loan Programs Support Small Business Development and Expansion:
Herb Melrath, Main Street Daily Grind
Dulles Industries/Schnabel Announce Opening of their Warren County Facility.
Dulles Industries announced the opening of their construction foundation drilling equipment manufacturing and maintenance facility on Strasburg Road in Warren County. They will create five new highly skilled positions this year and will expand to twenty-five new positions within two years. The operation is housed in the old North American Housing facility, where renovations have been underway on the 55,000 square foot facility for eight months. Welcome, Dulles Industries!