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Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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Community leaders seek broad input to address central Valley’s key workforce concerns

Business leaders, nonprofit leaders and other community leaders from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are already talking about ways to address transportation, affordable housing and childcare hurdles in the central Shenandoah Valley.

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While surge of need recedes from 2020, Blue Ridge food bank remains on alert

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the organization’s CEO. 

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Facing substitute teacher shortage, HCPS central office staff roll up their sleeves

Jeremy Aldrich is no stranger to working as a teacher, but it has been a few years since he made the move to the central office where he now serves as Harrisonburg’s director of teaching and learning.

City’s greenhouse gases dropped, but council wants specific targets to cut future emissions

Harrisonburg’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 9% over a three-year period, according to a new city report, and now the council wants its environmental committee to review ways to reduce pollutants — such as with more trees — and set targets to further cut those emissions. 

Long-awaited trail soon to become reality

A long-awaited trail system connecting multiple schools and parks in Harrisonburg is finally under construction – the end result of a campaign that began in 2015. 

The future is as murky as the past for the house that wasn’t Thomas Harrison’s

Nearly three years after archeologists discovered the Thomas Harrison House wasn’t actually the city founder’s home, officials still don’t know what to do with Harrisonburg’s oldest structure.

Area farmers ask federal lawmakers for help with worker shortages

Harrisonburg-area farmers told U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, along with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, that one of the biggest challenges they face is a worker shortage — and one way to address it could be changes to the temporary and migrant worker visa programs. 

Schools select company for Bluestone solar project; Teachers ask for keeping the shorter school day

Harrisonburg City Public Schools will enter contract negotiations with a Madison Heights-based solar company to construct new solar panels on the roof and campus of Bluestone Elementary, which the school board decided at Tuesday’s meeting.  

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