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75-years_72dpi-RGB_STANDARD-FOR-WEBA Note from the President

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over and another year has passed.  It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

We’re excited here at the Chamber because 2015 marks our 75th year of serving as the voice of business in our community.  Many things have happened along the way and we are planning to celebrate all of those wonderful accomplishments and challenges throughout the year in various ways  as we move forward and continue to work towards our mission of promoting and supporting our membership by serving as its voice, providing relevant programs, encouraging leadership and creating a strong business climate and a vibrant community.

As we move into 2015, I’d like to encourage each of you to make the most of your membership.  Take advantage of the vast networking, education, marketing and business opportunities available to members.  There’s something for everyone and participation is paramount!  Business After Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at a different member business. Brown Bag Luncheons and seminars are held monthly to provide motivation and education for our business owners and staff. State of the Community Luncheons are held quarterly to provide the most relevant and up-to-date information to our membership and community.  Chamber committees are a great way to be involved – View the list here.

Sponsorships are an effective way to gain exposure and increase business.  The Chamber has a number of sponsorships available including the Chamber sponsorship program, Wine & Craft Festival, Brew & Blues, Annual Dinner, GOLFtoberfest  and individual event opportunities.  Chamber staff is waiting to meet with you to help find your perfect sponsorship fit.

A valuable benefit of  membership is that you can submit information to go in e-connections each week in the “Member News” section.  It’s a great way to get information to out in a simple, reliable manner and it only takes a quick email to priffle@frontroyalchamber.com to make it happen.  We ask that all submissions are sent by Monday at noon and that they are in paragraph format with appropriate links and contact information.

Keep in mind that with chamber membership comes a built-in network of qualified professionals who can assist you.  Our membership includes pretty much every type of profession you could hope for in getting a new business off the ground or keeping your business successful.  Access to our Chamber network of professionals is one of many benefits of membership.  Be sure to use members first!

Wishing you a positive, prosperous and successful 2015.  At the Chamber, we stand ready to assist you with making this your best year yet!

Sincerely,

Niki Foster IOM, President

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

540-635-3185

nfoster@frontroyalchamber.com


 Town Invites Business Owners/Operators to Business ForumTown logo

The Town of Front Royal invites business owners and operators to our Business Forum at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 29th in the second floor Council Chambers at the Administration Building located at 102 East Main Street.  The Business Forum offers an opportunity to discuss the issues related to conducting business in Front Royal with Town staff. Topics of discussion will include issues pertinent to businesses in our community. Staff will be available to discuss ways that the Town can improve business permitting and relations to assist local business owners. Please contact the Town at (540) 635-8007 if you have any questions about this issue.


Warren County Launches Petition Supporting Replacement of

Morgan Ford Bridge

Morgan Ford Bridge PictureOver the last ten years Warren County has worked tirelessly on the replacement of the severely deficient Morgan Ford Low Water Bridge.  The bridge, which spans across the Shenandoah River in the north end of Warren County, was constructed in 1925 and has ably served the community for 88 years.  The concrete structure is one lane wide with no side railings to prevent motorists from driving off the roadway and into the Shenandoah River.  The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) bridge inspectors have rated the structure as having an overall condition of “poor” due to severe scale and deterioration throughout the concrete slab, spalling to the upstream deck edge exposing rebar, spalling and honeycomb on the underside of the concrete slab exposing the bottom mat of steel, severe scale exposing aggregate scattered throughout the pier walls and footings, and other associated structural deficiencies.  Due to the existing conditions, VDOT has given the structure a sufficiency rating of 2.0 out of a possible 100 which ranks it as one of the three lowest rated bridge structures in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here if you’d like to sign the Morgan Ford Petition.

 FR-WC EDA is working for Front Royal & Warren CountyFront Royal/Warren County EDA

EDA has recently announced: the opening of the Dulles/Schnabel manufacturing facility on Strasburg Road with the completion of a 55,000 square foot renovation and the creation of 5 new highly-skilled jobs with 25 more in the next two years;

The arrival of Nature’s Touch frozen foods packaging and distribution center with an investment of $1.8 million and the creation of 25 new jobs;

The expansion of InterChange Port Services to an additional 126,000 square foot facility!

The purchase of the Afton Inn (Main Street Gateway) and ensuing discussions with an experienced re-developer. The purchase of Stokes Mart (Main & Water Streets) and subsequent lease for upscale seasonal goods and products store.