One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment remains high and many industries, individuals and families continue to struggle. However, with vaccines rolling out and consumers chomping at the bit for more normal conditions, there is hope for an economic recovery by the end of 2021, attendees of an annual Economic Outlook Meeting hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce were told Friday.
Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned
When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.
When Ed Keens thinks of castles, he thinks of home — and not in a house-is-his-castle way, but in an honest-to-goodness-Game-of-Thrones-castle way.
When you draw the letter K you probably start with a simple vertical line. Somewhere near the midpoint of that line you then draw two more lines, one rising diagonally upwards towards the top and the other descending diagonally towards the bottom. According to some economists, these two diverging lines represent the two distinct recovery trends that are simultaneously occurring right now as our economy struggles to regain its footing.
The candidates campaigning for the three city council seats up for election on Nov. 3 participated in a virtual forum Wednesday night – the second such event this month involving all five candidates. Two incumbents, Mayor Deanna Reed (D) and George Hirschmann (I), and three first-time candidates, Democrats Laura Dent and Charles Hendricks, plus Republican Kathleen Kelley, largely agreed on topics ranging from how to help low-income residents in Harrisonburg to transportation priorities.
With no good solution in sight to the challenges that have faced Harrisonburg’s – and pretty much every other community’s – recycling program, the city will enact a new solid waste management fee structure effective Jan. 1, 2021. For many city residents, it will actually result in modestly lower payments, with the current $15-per-month solid waste management fee falling to $11 per month.
The waning days of the year offer an opportunity for reflection — a quick check of what happened in the previous 12 months and how the community changed for better or worse. Of all the stories The Citizen published in 2019, these were the most shared, read and buzzed-about of the year.
Chris Barcomb wrote the “extreme” page of his high school yearbook — metaphorically and literally.