Our Perspective
Spotlight: Setting SMART goals in 2016
Who can believe it is 2016?  In four years, we will be able to say "Welcome to 2020" and what an inspiration that number is to reflect on goals for the future.  With Augusta County companies' high activity and a new County administration staff, we SMARTly look to the future with the following in mind:
     Specific       Meaningful         Action-Oriented         Realistic        Timely 

We have used these guidelines to set goals for ourselves in the following areas:  business attraction, business retention and expansion, and entrepreneurial support.  Look for the following in the next year:
  • Major expansion announcements
  • Continued existing company visits
  • New regional agricultural event and tourism initiative
  • Economic Development and Tourism website improvements
  • Visits with site selectors to discuss the region
  • Continued work with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership as we market the region.  Click here for SVP's latest video!
Stay warm this weekend, and cheers to a prosperous 2016!
Amanda Glover
Director of Economic Development
Tourism Grants Available
GART announces spring grant program

Greater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) announces the release of its spring grant program. Incorporating tourism efforts from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, GART will focus on businesses operating within those localities.  Applications will be evaluated based on degree of impact upon regional tourism, new tourism initiatives, and strength of partnerships and creativity.  
The program enables up to four grant awards of $2,500 maximum per grant. The deadline to turn in applications is February 8th at 5:00p.m.  Grant recipients will be announced on March 8th.
Those interested in applying for the GART grant may contact Sheryl Wagner, GART Chair, at WagnerSS@ci.staunton.va.us or 540-332-3865.

Spinning the Wheel
GrowthWheel® is a tool for decision-making in both start-up and established companies. It helps business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs focus, set agendas, make decisions, and take action.  Learn more about this unique tool, meet with other owners and managers, and work together with your Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to grow your business. 

The first FREE Introductory Session offered by your SBDC and the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce will meet:

Tuesday, February 9
Bridge Christian Church
1275 Goose Creek Road
Fishersville, VA  22939

Check out all the details here


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