Tag: Harrisonburg Economic Development
While remote work was one of notable societal shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not going out of style — at least in Harrisonburg. In fact, local economic development leaders are making remote work a focus of their sales pitches to employers and employees.
When Chris O’Brien prepared his presentation on artificial intelligence and automation for attendees at this week’s Valley TechCon.23 conference, he turned to ChatGPT to determine what information he should include, which reduced the time he would’ve spent researching and using search engines.
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.
Dancers have once again begun to fill the Friendly City Dance Room, one of the local businesses which has stayed open or reopened with the help of a Disaster Impact Loan from the city.