Bath County February Update & Focus: The Bath County Economic Development Authority and the Bath County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), successfully recruited Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. to Bath County in 2016. Bath County is proud that Speyside, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of oak barrels, will invest $5 million into the County and create up to 35 jobs manufacturing barrel staves. Importantly, this operation will also be sourcing 80% of its timber needs from Virginia landowners. The Commonwealth of Virginia and Bath County were jointly able to leverage a Governor’s Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund award to incentivize this operation, along with workforce funding support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). Speyside is on track to be open for business by early September of 2017.
The County is also moving forward on the construction of a future Visitor Center and community event facility. The community is soliciting bids to demolish existing structures on an eight acre site to create a clean slate to begin work. Architectural and master planning service bids are expected to be solicited during the summer of 2017. This facility will be a wonderful addition to the County’s beautiful setting and strong tourism industry.