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Augusta County-what a wonderful place to do business-and to work!

I am continually impressed with area businesses and their commitment to growth and success. It has been my pleasure to visit with many of you over the last seven months, and I look forward to continuing to meet with the growing number of both large and small businesses that call Augusta County home.

Here's a snapshot of current activity:

  • Shamrock Farms' 190,000 square foot dairy processing facility in Mill Place Commerce Park is on track for completion this fall.  Production of extended shelf-life products and the Rockin' Refuel protein line is slated to begin in October 2014.  Shamrock is hiring, so spread the word and visit for job listings.

  • DASCOM, designer and producer of LED Lighting, has its 20,000 square foot assembly and Americas' headquarters under construction in Mill Place Commerce Park.  The project is expected to be completed in September 2014.

  • Construction of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences building is on track to be completed this month and the inaugural doctoral classes in physical therapy and occupational therapy will begin in June with 35 students enrolled in each program. 

  • Phase II of Mill Place Office Park is under construction as well. This project will add 7,400 SF of office space to Mill Place Commerce Park. Of the new office space, 3,591 SF is still available but won't last long - be sure to call Countryside at 540-294-2020 if you have interest.

Please don't hesitate to contact our office in the event that either Rebekah Castle, Marketing Assistant, or I can be of assistance with a potential expansion, company event, workforce training or other issue.

Amanda Glover

Director of Economic Development; 540-245-5619 (office) 

What do purple goldfish have to do with my business?
Find out at the BIG Small Business event of 2014

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is holding their annual BIG Small Business full-day conference on May 22nd.  This event offers professional development and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, managers and business owners.  Click here for more information.

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Agriculture Cultivates Resilient EconomieS (ACRES)


If you are a farm or local foods business implementing strong water quality practices or WANT to implement water quality practices, check out the ACRES grant program.  They are awarding $1,000-$3,000 grants combined with business training and support to local farm/food businesses.  For more information, click HERE.

Contact Information:

Kate Hopkins

Local Foods Program Coordinator

Valley Conservation Council

(540) 886-3541

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