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Spotlight: Route 636/LifeCore Drive and the Dennis O. Burnett Memorial Bridge


We're gaining sunlight each day, and spring will officially be here in three days - this provides us with bright light and the promise of warmer weather. Augusta County is fortunate to have bright lights and new roads leading us into Spring 2015.

The weather finally allowed for the opening of Route 636/LifeCore Drive to the public! LifeCore Drive provides Fishersville with an added traffic corridor and connection to Augusta Health and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. The road will also allow for further planned development in a growth area of Augusta County. To learn more about the project, click here.

Celebrating with a ribbon cutting on March 13, LifeCore Drive was officially opened for traffic. The celebration also included a Bridge Dedication in memory of Dennis Burnett, Augusta County's first Economic Development Director and a huge proponent of LifeCore Drive.

The ribbon cutting and bridge dedication were shining moments for Augusta County as we look forward to future development of this robust life sciences corridor, and we honor those who helped us get where we are today.




Amanda Glover

Director of Economic Development




Innovate LIVE

Calling all Local Innovators, Visionaries and Entrepreneurs


April 24-26 promises to be one seriously exciting weekend! Check out Innovate LIVE where social entrepreneurs, community organizers, and artistic creators will explore local opportunities for change and innovation through sustainability, cooperation, the new economy, and arts and music.

If you're interested, sign up for the interactive workshops, keynotes, forums, field trips, and laid-back evenings where odd minds and young ideas will mingle.

When: April 24-26, 2015
Where: Downtown Staunton with excursions to Polyface Farms and Project Grows
How: Register HERE.

A Tip for Manufacturers

An opportunity for manufacturing facilities to receive E3 Technical Assessments at zero cost is now available. Offered through federal funding, Manufacturing Extension Partners, Manufacturing Technology Center and GENEDGE Alliance, the fully-funded E3 Technical Assessments involve a two-day assessment of Lean, energy conservation, pollution prevention and environmental compliance. Participating manufacturers will receive recommendation reports on cost savings and return on investment.

A limited number of Technical Assessments are available for the Shenandoah Valley.

Contact Keith Litz at or 276-223-4858.



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