This year marks the 45th anniversary of some significant events. Forty-five years ago this
year, the first men landed on the moon, the Beatles crossed Abbey Road, Hurricane Camille,
a category five hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast and western Virginia, and the Central
Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) opened its doors. The CSPDC is one of 21 Planning District Commissions in
Virginia. Planning District Commissions are political subdivisions of the Commonwealth chartered by the General Assembly under the Regional Cooperation Act. The purpose of the CSPDC and otherPlanning District Commissions is to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing,on a regional basis, problems of greater than local significance.
For 45 years, the CSPDC has been providing planning services and technical assistance to its member jurisdictions with issues including comprehensive and land use planning, transportation, solid waste
management, water and waste water utilities, affordable housing, economic and community development, natural resource
management, disaster mitigation and preparedness education, and human services. We look forward to serving the communities in the Central Shenandoah Planning District for another 45 years!
To celebrate its 45th anniversary the CSPDC Board of
Commissioners held a special event at the Frontier Culture Museum on August 18th at its regular board meeting. Commissioners brought along invited guests from their respective localities to hear presentations and learn about the accomplishments of the CSPDC.
The Fields of Gold program recently received a significant boost in promotional and technical support with the award of a $93,674 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program. Authorized through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), over $52 million in funding was distributed nationwide through five USDA grant programs. The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will administer the Farmers Market Promotion Program grant on behalf of the Fields of Gold program. Funds will be used to boost rural economic activities by increasing marketing and promotions of the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, 6th District Virginia commented on the award: “Agriculture is at the core of our region’s economy, and the Shenandoah Valley Fields of Gold Agritourism Program is doing innovative, collaborative work to benefit this important industry. I look forward to the job creation, small business development, and increased agritourism that this grant will help to generate across the CSPDC.”
Visit www.fieldsofgold.org for more information about the program and its members.
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