Front Royal EDA brings back Business Development Board

The Front Royal Economic Development Authority announced the return of the Business Development Board.

After a brief period of dormancy, the Board is back with the goal of growing the tax base and finding new ways to support the town’s ever-changing workforce needs.

The vision of the group is “To sustain and grow a healthy economy that provides opportunity and protects the characteristics that make Front Royal a unique community.”

The Board’s mission is to “provide leadership necessary for Front Royal to optimize economic opportunity and community improvement.”

The group is in their initial phase and plans to announce their first-step projects in the coming weeks.

The group will focus on five key areas:

  • workforce development
  • infrastructure
  • new business development
  • existing business support
  • asset development

The Business Development Board is composed of seven community leaders who were appointed by the Town Council and represent a variety of backgrounds and business experiences in the community.

The group will meet monthly at the Council Chambers of Town Hall.

Their meeting agendas are available here.

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Youngkin announces $500 million in conservation funding

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $500 million in conservation funding on Friday.

This will be used to address water quality, flooding, land preservation, habitat restoration and more.

Over $250 million will be dedicated specifically for water quality and infrastructure related projects.

In the announcement, he highlights that while coastal communities are the most at risk, flooding affects the entire Commonwealth.

Some of the key initiatives include:

  • over $200 million for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
  • $100 million to focus on larger community scale flooding projects
  • $8.2 million in critical operations and staffing funds for conservation and state park operations
  • $5 million to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund

A full list of the projects funded is available here.

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