Live It. Love It. Work It.
Rockbridge County's achievements over the last year have been vast and varied, from education to outdoor recreation, and much in between.
The Rivermont School, which is a therapeutic educational programs for special needs students ranging in ages between 5 and 22, held its grand opening on August 2nd. Rivermont helps students learn to manage their behavior to return to their home schools and become productive citizens. The program moved into the vacated Rockbridge Middle School property, which has offered a new life to a previously vacated school.
In other exciting educational news, Byers Technical Institute (BTI) held its grand opening on August 9th. BTI is a certified State and AWS welding school located on Route 501 in the southern part of the County. The school will focus on providing local businesses with certified, quality welders, which are high in demand but short in supply.
The southern end of Rockbridge County succeeded in integrating its section of the James River into The Upper James River Water Trail, a journey that begins in Botetourt County and now extends into Rockbridge County. The county successfully designated that same stretch of the James River as a Virginia Scenic River and inducted the Natural Bridge into the State Park system.
In other news, Sam Crickenberger, Director of Community Development, and Spencer Suter, County Administrator, both provided interviews to PBS for a Made-in-Virginia program that featured a spot on Mohawk Industries, Inc. a local textile manufacturer. Rockbridge County has been actively working to maintain a close relationship with our largest employers.
We continue to work closely with our local Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista to market the region under the tag line "Live it. Love it. Work it."
Contact Sam or Brandy to learn more about doing business in Rockbridge County: http://bit.ly/2i6l8XR
Rockbridge County’s 2016 New Year's Resolution: We resolve to fill the vacant industrial buildings in our Natural Bridge Industrial Park. The Bridgeworks, LLC building is 40,400 square feet of manufacturing and/or warehouse space, and the Zak, LLC building is 29,736 square feet of manufacturing and/or warehousing space.
August Update & Focus: A successful joint business effort between two of our local entrepreneurs has led to the occupancy of the Zak, LLC building. This venture adds to our County’s cluster of HVAC-related businesses.
The Bridgeworks building has been shown to several potential occupants and the Office of Community Development will continue to work closely with the building owner to fill the vacancy.
Rockbridge County has been actively working with our local tourism office to inventory our outdoor assets. The Braided Trail project is a joint effort with multiple agencies to catalog and market our existing and future outdoor recreational assets. This effort includes designating a section of the James River in Rockbridge County as part of the James River Water Trail.
We have also been working closely with our local Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista to market the region under the tag line “Live it. Love it. Work it.”
Contact Sam or Brandy to learn more about doing business in Rockbridge County: http://www.co.rockbridge.va.us/141/Community-Development