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Name Age Group Features Contact Info
cubbysummer
Boys and Girls Club 6-18 Various recreation programs available bgca.org/
Camp Friendship 6-16 Horses, water sports, ropes, gymnastics and more campfriendship.com
Camp Holiday Trails 5-17    
Camp Pianktank 7-17    
Camp Rim Rock 6-17    
Camp Tall Timbers 7-16   camptalltimbers.com
Girl Scouts of America 5-18   girlscouts.org
Dance Barn 3-16 Week-long dance camps in various styles. dancebarn.net

WVPT Viewing AreaWVPT and the Community Engaging Partner Committee (CEPC) have partnered to address local economic issues. Below you will find information and links to resources in and around WVPT's viewing area. For over 41 years, WVPT has strived to educate and entertain our community. We hope that he information provided to you via these resources will provide some assistance in this difficult economic time.

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Cities: Counties:
Charlottesville
Harrisonburg
Lexington
Lynchburg
Staunton
Waynesboro
Winchester
Bath
Clarke
Greene
Luray
Nelson

 





  

 

Cities

Charlottesville
A city located in Albemarle County named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom. It is the administrative center of Albemarle County, though the two are separate legal areas. The city is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area which includes the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson. In 2004, Charlottesville was ranked the best place to live in the United States in the book Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander. In the book, cities were ranked based on cost of living, climate, and quality of life. Charlottesville is known for being the home to three United States Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. It is also known for being the home of the University of Virginia. Located in Charlottesville is Jefferson's Monticello, his distinguished home that sits on top of a mountain, which attracts approximately half a million tourists every year. However, due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Charlottesville has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life. Please fill out our brief consumer survey, with no personal information requested, just click here.

For more economic information about Charlottesville, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Charlottesville Jobs Board:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/charlottesville/default.cfm

Business Data for Charlottesville:
http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=575

Piedmont Workforce Network:
http://www.piedmontworkforce.net/aboutus.asp

Harrisonburg
An independent city located in the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is home to James Madison and Eastern Mennonite Universities. Formerly known as Rocktown, Harrisonburg was named after Thomas Harrison, an English settler. In 1779, Harrison deeded two and a half acres of his land to the "public good" for the construction of a courthouse. In 1780, Harrison deeded an additional 50 acres. This is the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg." In 1849, trustees chartered a mayor-council form of government, although Harrisonburg was not officially incorporated as an independent city until 1916. Presently, a council-manager government administers Harrisonburg. Downtown Harrisonburg, as well as being historic, also offers new and diverse dining facilities for citizens, such as Clementine’s, Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine, and Earth & Tea Café. Harrisonburg offers many other attractions for tourists and citizens alike including shopping, museums, art galleries, and an arboretum. However, due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Harrisonburg has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life. Please fill out our brief consumer survey, with no personal information requested, just click here.

For more economic information about Harrisonburg, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Apply for government jobs in Harrisonburg:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/harrisonburg/default.cfm

Statistics on Harrisonburg’s economy from the U.S. Department of Labor:
http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.va_harrisonburg_msa.htm

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority:
http://www.harrisonburgrha.com/

Lexington
Lexington became an independent city in 1966 and is in the borders of Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley region. The population as of 2000 was 6,867. The city prides itself on the charming atmosphere and it’s Nationally Registered Historic District that was salvaged and restored. Lexington’s main industry has been education from the beginning. Two educational institutions, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, reside in Lexington. These institutions bring cultural flair to the community along with the Lime Kiln Theater, which has theatrical and concert series, and the Fine Arts in Rockbridge, an organization that provides the area with art education and entertainment.

Today Lexington is the retail, cultural, and historic center of Rockbridge and is home to the local government and courts. History buffs can take a stroll back in time at the Stonewall Jackson House, the George C. Marshall Museum, or the Lee Chapel. The George Washington National Forest and the Maury River provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, and hiking. The Virginia Horse Center is only three miles from Lexington and has year-around activities such as horse sales, competitions, and instruction.

For more economic information about Lexington, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Lexington Official Web site:
http://www.ci.lexington.va.us/

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.ci.lexington.va.us/employ.htm

Lexington Real Estate:
http://www.lexva.com/restate.htm

Economic Development of Lexington:
http://www.rockbridgepartnership.org/

Lynchburg
Lynchburg is in the Central Virginia region and is at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is known as the “City of Seven Hills”. As of 2008 the population was estimated at 72,596. Lynchburg has outstanding educational opportunities and is home to Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, and Lynchburg University. Lynchburg is the central area for retail and commerce. Some dominant industries include nuclear technology, pharmaceuticals and material handling. Many small businesses in the area have helped keep the economy flourishing during the recent national economic downturn.

Thomas Jefferson’s Popular Forest is in Lynchburg along with the home of Anne Spencer, the Harlem Renaissance poet. Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church is also in Lynchburg. Every summer the Batteaux Festival is held in Lynchburg, where groups dress in period clothing and navigate down the James River, using poles and a batteaux, to Richmond.

For more economic information about Lynchburg, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Lynchburg Official Web site:
http://www.lynchburgva.gov/

Economic Development:
http://www.lynchburgva.gov/Index.aspx?page=77

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/index.cfm

Staunton
Located within the borders of Augusta County, Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. The city was originally named Beverley's Mill Place; the city was re-named Staunton after Lady Rebecca Staunton. It is known for being the birthplace of the 28th U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson and is the home of Mary Baldwin College, a women's college. Staunton is also home to the original campus of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Tourism is one of Staunton's highest livelihoods. It is home to the American Shakespeare Center, a theatrical company centered at the Blackfriars Playhouse, which is the only existing replica of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is open to the public, as well as the Museum of American Frontier Culture, an insider's look at life in early America. Staunton is often referred to as the "Queen City" of the Shenandoah Valley. Staunton has five separate historic districts. Staunton is also the official home of country music legends the Statler Brothers. The city is where Statlers Don Reid, Harold Reid, and Phil Balsley grew up and still make their home. Due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Staunton has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life. Please fill out our brief consumer survey, with no personal information requested, just click here.

For more economic information about Staunton, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.staunton.va.us/directory/departments-h-z/human-resources/employment

Economic Development:
http://www.staunton.va.us/directory/departments-a-g/economic-development

Virginia Employment Commission:
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/index.cfm

Waynesboro
Named for General Anthony Wayne, is located within the limits of Augusta County. It is located near the Shenandoah National Park and multiple important historical markers of the Civil War. Within five miles of Waynesboro are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail. The city is also known for being the home of artist, P. Buckley Moss and the P. Buckley Moss Museum, which attracts approximately 45,000 visitors every year. Invista and the associated Benger Laboratory, where Lycra was invented, as well as a large textile mill called Wayn-Tex were significant employers for citizens through the majority of the 20th century. Waynesboro is home to the corporate headquarters of Ntelos, a regional wireless and telecommunications company serving Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio. Tourism, industrial production, and retail remain vital to the city of Waynesboro. However, due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Waynesboro has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life. Please fill out our brief consumer survey, with no personal information requested, just click here.

For more economic information about Waynesboro, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Job opportunities in Waynesboro:
http://www.waynesboro.va.us/hr-jobs.php

Waynesboro Economic Development Facts & Figures:
http://www.waynesboro.va.us/eco-facts.php

Programs and Incentives for Businesses in Waynesboro:
http://www.waynesboro.va.us/eco-programs.php

Winchester
Located in the northwestern portion of Virginia, Winchester is the county seat of Frederick County. It is also the principal city of the Winchester, Virginia-West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Winchester is home to Shenandoah University. Many historical sites are located in Winchester; among them are Belle Grove Plantation, George Washington’s Office Museum, Stonewall Cemetery, and Shenandoah Valley Military Academy. Winchester is the location of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which has been held annually since 1924 and draws approximately 250,000 individuals to the area. Among many events, the festival includes the longest fireman's parade and the third longest grand feature parade in the United States. Winchester also offers many beloved and classic restaurants, including Triangle Diner and Snow White Grill. However, due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Winchester has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life. Please fill out our brief consumer survey, with no personal information requested, just click here.

For more economic information about Winchester, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Housing and Neighborhood Development:
http://www.winchesterva.gov/ohnd/

Job Vacancies:
http://www.winchesterva.gov/administration/employment.php

The Office of Economic Redevelopment:
http://www.winchesterva.gov/econ/


Counties

Bath
The Homestead - Hot Springs, VABath County is in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and borders the West Virginia State Line. Bath County was settled in 1745 by Scotch-Irish pioneers. John Lewis was the first man to settle there and his son Andrew along with Thomas Bullit obtained a patent for the Hot Springs tract of 300 acres. In 1766 the two men built the first hotel along the tract, which is today called the Homestead Resort. Visitors began coming to the springs in 1750. In 1790 Bath County was formed from Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier Counties. The county was named for the English resort city of Bath and the county itself quickly became a hot springs resort.

As of 2008 the population of Bath County was 4,544 and the median household income was $42,316 in 2007. Today Bath County is a resort attraction and a popular destination for outdoor fun. With the hot springs, rivers, abundant forests, and beautiful mountain views there are plenty of outdoor activities to satisfy any enthusiast. The Homestead is considered one of the most excellent resort hotels complete with golf courses, ski slopes, and riding trails. Visitors can enjoy water sports at Douthat State Park and Lake Moomaw in the George Washington National Forest.

For more economic information about Bath, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Bath County Official Web site:
http://www.bathcountyva.org/ 

Job Opportunities:
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/index.cfm

Virginia Economic Development Parternship:
http://www.bathcountyva.org/links.htm

Clarke
Clarke County is in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley region. The county is rural and produces apples, thoroughbred horses, and dairy cattle. Clarke County was established in 1836 by Shane Moyer of Frederick County. The county is named after General George Rogers Clarke of the revolutionary war. Clarke is rich in civil war history as well. An American civil war battle, the Battle of Cool Spring, was fought in Clarke County in 1864. As of 2008 the population was 14,458 and the median household income was $64,149 as of 2007. Its county seat is Berryville.
The Shenandoah River runs through Clarke County and provides residents with boating, fishing, and hunting opportunities. Hiking and camping are popular activities on the portion of the Appalachian trail that runs through Clarke. Tourists enjoy the Historic Long Branch House Museum & Farm, an 1811 Greek revival mansion overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine festival is also held at Long Branch.

Due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Clarke County has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life.

For more economic information about Luray, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Clarke County Official Web site:
http://www.co.clarke.va.us/ 

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.clarkecounty.gov/government/employment_opportunities/ 

Clarke County Real Estate:
http://www.teamrootsandwings.com/ 

Clarke County Economy:
http://www.ecanned.com/local/clarke-county-va/

Greene
Greene County is located in the northern part of the Central Virginia region and is east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its county seat is Standardsville. It was established in 1838 from Orange County and is named after Nathanael Greene, an American Revolutionary War general. As of 2008 the population was 17,964 and the median household income as of 2007 was $58,476. In 1979 a natural gas main ruptured causing an explosion and large fire that destroyed the bell tower of the county courthouse and office building.
The Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive lie on the western side of this county and are popular tourist attractions. Autumn Hill and Stone Mountain are two popular wineries located in Greene. Hunting, fishing, and horseback riding are some of the available outdoor activities at the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area. The Lafayette Inn in Green County was chose for Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine’s, Award of Distinction and is a great place to enjoy fine dining and Virginia wine.

Due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Greene County has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life.

For more economic information about Luray, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.gcva.us/dpts/emp/default.htm

Greene County Official Web site:
http://www.gcva.us/

Greene County Record:
http://www2.greene-news.com/ 

Luray
Luray is located in Page County in the Shenandoah Valley region and lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Mountains. The Shenandoah River flows through the length of the county. As of the 2000 census there were 4,871 people residing in the town and the median income for a household was $34,306. In the 19th century and early 20th century manufacturing played the most significant role in the areas economy. Today, manufacturing still plays an important role in the employment of Luray’s citizens but the service sector employs the greatest percentage of the local workforce.
Luray is home to the Luray Caverns, the largest and most popular caverns in the Eastern United States. Visitors and residents enjoy outdoor fun including camping, fishing, and hiking in the regions George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park.

For more economic information about Luray, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.townofluray.com/employment.html

Luray Official Web site:
http://www.townofluray.com/

Economy & Employment:
http://www.townofluray.com/Employment%20and%20Economy.pdf

Economic Development:
http://www.townofluray.com/economic%20development.pdf

Nelson
Nelson County is located in Central Virginia between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. It was established in 1807 from Amherst County and is named for Thomas Nelson Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As of 2008 the population of Nelson County was 15,321 with a median household income of $46,001 as of 2007. Its county seat is Lovingston. Accommodation and food services are the industries with the largest establishment in Nelson County. In 1969 Hurricane Camille devastated the county, dumping 27 inches of rain in a matter of three hours and killing 153 people.
Nelson County is home to the Wintergreen Resort, a popular destination for ski lovers. Walton Mountain, made popular by the television show The Waltons, is also located in Nelson. The creator of the show Earl Hamner was born in Nelson and has a museum there exhibiting memorabilia from the show. The Tye River is a popular location for kayaking, canoeing, and white water rafting. Nelson County has beautiful apple orchards and several wineries in the area.

Due to the recent economic recession many citizens may find themselves not able to participate in all Nelson County has to offer. WVPT, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a focus group of community leaders, would like to invite you to offer your perspective on how the current economic trends have affected your daily life.

For more economic information about Luray, including jobs, housing, and news, please visit the following links:

Nelson County Official Web site:
http://www.nelsoncountyva.org/

Employment Opportunities:
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/index.cfm

Employment, Housing, and Demographic Information:
http://www.ecanned.com/local/nelson-county-va/ 

Nelson County Dept. of Tourism & Economic Development:
http://www.escapetothesoutheast.com/VA-DMO-NelsonCountyDepartmentofTourismandEconomicDevelopment.asp

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Companies and organizations which hold job fairs, both real and virtual. Don't forget to also check with your local state employment office where you should find other local employment resources including job fairs.

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  • Women for Hire - job fairs across the country to help women, both college seniors and experienced professionals, connect with new employers.

 

Central Virginia Links

Charlottesville
Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson
Monticello Avenue
Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce
City of Charlottesville
The Paramount Theater
Piedmont Virginia Community College
The University of Virginia
Virginia Discovery Museum
Virginia Tourism, calendar of events in the Shenandoah Valley and western central Virginia
Charlottesville Tourism, calendar of events in the Charlottesville area
Wintergreen Performing Arts, schedule of Summer Music Festival and year-round performances
University of Virginia Art Museum

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Chamber of Commerce, Fauquier County

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