Tag: economic development
A divided Capitol ‘forces you to the table, to be more reasonable and then negotiate’
With the Virginia General Assembly more than a week into its session, Republican Del. Tony Wilt said he’s hopeful divided government can yield legislative results and even some toned-down rhetoric. Wilt, who represents Harrisonburg in the House of Delegates, answered a range of questions in this in-depth Q and A.
Amid COVID hardships, expert cautiously optimistic for speedy recovery
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.
Community Perspective – City needs to capitalize on immigrants’ talents and skills
Harrisonburg is among those cities with a significant increase of skilled immigrants, which can be a great source for the workforce and enhance its economy. Regrettably, those skills are not utilized because there is no system of integration for people with professional skills. Therefore, Harrisonburg should create a system that profits from the talents and skills of immigrants.
On the cusp of retirement, Chamber of Commerce president reflects on career
Soon after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1979, Frank Tamberrino left Virginia for Florida, leaving mid-Atlantic winters in the rearview mirror. He spent the next 20 years working in several chamber of commerce and economic development positions along Florida’s Gulf Coast before a decade-long stint in Columbia, Tenn., about 50 miles south of Nashville. And then, in 2009, it was back to bitter north country to run the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.