The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) represents and serves the local governments of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro as well as the 11 towns within the Central Shenandoah region.
The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about the CSPDC, click here.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro, and Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are seeking public input via an online survey concerning the feasibility of implementing commuter/inter-regional bus service in the I-81/I-64 corridor between Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Charlottesville. The survey is being conducted between March 30 and May 1, 2016.
Survey input will inform a study that examines the needs and habits of commuters and park and ride lot users, along with stakeholder concerns; land use and population data, with a particular emphasis on employment and commuting patterns; demand estimation; and the development of service, organizational, and funding alternatives for public transportation service in the corridor.
The The Fields of Gold Agritourism Program will hold a special Spring Jubilee member event from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, April 21, 2016, at Cross Keys Barn in Rockingham County. The celebration is to recognize the participation and support of more than 200 Farm Trail member businesses in making the Fields of Gold Farm Trail an award-winning agritourism destination, and the only trail of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Rita McClenny, CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will be the keynote speaker at the event. Two Fields of Gold member businesses: White Oak Lavender Farm and Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse will be sharing their stories of diversification through agritourism. Hors d'oeuvres catered by Full Circle Catering and beverages from Three Notch'd Brewing Company, Old Hill Cider, and Purple Wolf Vineyard will be available.
Sponsors for the event include Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Farm Credit, Staunton Creative Community Fund, Mid Valley Press, Rockingham County Economic Development and Tourism, KLCreative Media, F&M Bank, Botkin Rose PLC, and Cross Keys Barn.
Staunton will celebrate Bike & Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20, 2016 by hosting a Commuter Breakfast and Celebration. The event will be held from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM on the Johnson Street side of the Wharf Parking Lot. Walking and biking commuters are encouraged to stop by for coffee and a light breakfast, and enjoy music, gear giveaways, and free bike maintenance.
For more information on Staunton’s Bike & Walk to Work Day event and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission’s regional bicycle and pedestrian program, contact Ann Cundy firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit sawmpo.org.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is offering guided tours of the Claudius Crozet Tunnel the 2nd Saturday of each month during April, May, June, and July. Although the trail is currently closed to the public, these tours offer a rare behind-the-scenes chance to tour this incredible project. The mostly flat 1.3 mile gravel trail ends at the eastern, all rock portal of the Tunnel. From there visitors can experience the cool, moist air and travel a short distance inside the tunnel to examine this historic, engineering marvel.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel (Crozet Tunnel) is located in Afton, Virginia and its restoration has been an ongoing project for Nelson County since 2002. Phase I of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Project was completed in June 2015. This Phase encompassed construction of a parking area and trail head near the old Afton Depot and the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle trail along the original rail bed for approximately 3,400 feet to the East Portal of the 1850's tunnel. Phase II will include restoration of the western portal in Augusta County near Waynesboro.
Tours will begin at 10:00 AM and last approximately two hours. Cost is $10 per person; kids under ten free with a paying adult. For more information or to register, please click HERE.
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