SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin resigns

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund announced the resignation of Executive Director Debbie Irwin.

She is leaving the role to begin a new job in early March.

Irwin served an integral role in SCCF since joining the organization in October 2017.

During her tenure, she spearheaded impactful projects to support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community development efforts.

Through her commitment to the SCCF and community, she helped to drive more than $4 million in state and federal funds to the region to create numerous partnerships that continue to drive entrepreneurial progress in the Shenandoah Valley.

Irwin said, “It has been an immense pleasure to serve as Executive Director…I’m extremely confident that the SCCF team will continue to drive the organization forward. Their big thinking, passion for entrepreneurship, and dedication to the Shenandoah Valley will keep SCCF thriving.”

The Capital Fund’s Board of Directors will begin a search for a new Executive Director.

Ryan Hall, Director of Growth and Revenue, will assume the responsibilities until a selection is made.

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund is a non-profit organization that envisions a Shenandoah Valley where every person has access to the resources, knowledge, and support needed to start, grow, and sustain a business.

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Sale of Ward Plaza complete with plans for revitalization

The City of  Winchester reports that Winchester Acquisition Partners LLC has completed the purchase of the Wards Plaza as of the afternoon of June 1st.

The deal was finalized with the help of the Winchester Economic Development Authority (WEDA) to help revitalize the shopping center.

Plans include a mixed-use project with a 40,000 square feet anchor tenant and a mix of residential and retail spaces.

The Winchester EDA is one of Winchester Acquisition Partners LLC’s private financing partners, lending $4 million for the acquisition.

The EDA is an independent governing body so no taxpayer funds will be used for loan payments with the developer making payments directly to the EDA until the loan is paid off.

Winchester EDA Executive Director Jeff Buettner spoke on the opportunity stating, “This acquisition of a property like this, for revitalization in the heart of our city presents a great promise for the future of the City of Winchester. The EDA is very excited to be a key partner in this project.

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