The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) public and private investors make the most of their investment by taking full advantage of Partnership activities, including the Spring and Fall Connect Events, bi-annual Economic Development Forums and the Annual Meeting. Our Marketing Committee holds economic development forums twice a year providing SVP investors with updates on local development initiatives and insight into the practices of economic development. Our Development Committee hosts two Connect events per year, providing networking opportunities with the Valley’s top business leaders and decision-makers. In July, we hold our Annual Meeting where our public and private investors come together as a region and focus on the initiatives launched and milestones achieved over the last 12 months, while refocusing on the year ahead.
- The Spring Economic Development Forum was held in April at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia where attendees were treated to the music of alumni from the Heifetz International Institute, introductory remarks by Senator Tim Kaine, a Marketing Committee update and a presentation by site location consultant Vicki Horton.
- The Spring Connect Event was held in May at the 1806 Burner Barn at Luray Caverns in Page County. SVP investors and guests enjoyed an evening of networking and refreshments. The event was held in conjunction with Virginia Business Appreciation Month.
- The Annual Meeting was held in July at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Over 200 Valley business leaders reflected on the past year's achievements and gained energy and enthusiasm for the upcoming initiatives. The SVP was honored to have Governor Terry McAuliffe deliver keynote remarks with special guest Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd Haymore.
- The Fall Connect and Economic Development Forum shared a focus on the Shenandoah Valley’s access to markets and substantial transportation and logistics assets. With its major railroads, three Interstate highways—I-81, I-66, and I-64—access to The Port of Virginia, as well as the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and nearby Dulles International Airport, the Shenandoah Valley is a major transportation corridor. An estimated two-thirds of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive. Over 170 Valley public and private sector leaders attended SVP's Connect event at Dynamic Aviation located at the Bridgewater Air Park in Rockingham County. Several of SVP’s members also enjoyed a flight over the Shenandoah Valley onboard Dynamic Aviation’s “Miss Virginia,” one of the world’s few remaining and best restored C-47s, a World War II-vintage bomber. The Fall Forum titled, “Trade and Transportation: Connecting the Valley in the Global Economy” was held at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Center. The event featured keynote speaker Russell Held, vice president for Economic Development at The Port of Virginia. It also showcased regional transportation-related companies in a trade show and highlighted the Valley’s strategic competitiveness in moving goods and services throughout the United States and around the world.
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