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The Shenandoah Valley Collaborative Economic Summit will be held
October 15, 2024.
Overview and Objectives

This summit builds on the work of the 2021 and 2022 Regional Economic Recovery Series events.

The Shenandoah Valley Collaborative Economic Summit will look toward the future and convene regional leaders to explore four pressing issues in the region – transportation, childcare, housing and workforce development. Summit attendees can expect to:

  • Hear updated trends, data and dynamics in each issue arena
  • Share how their organization is working in their issue arena
  • Understand what other organizations are doing to address different facets of each issue
  • Connect with other practitioners, leaders and experts in the region
  • Discuss potential solutions, current/new ideas and goals


Contact Nora Sutton ( with questions or to learn more.

2024 Planning Committee

This event is made possible by a dedicated group of area leaders:

  • Rob Alexander - Co-Director, Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue, JMU
  • Sherri Carter - Senior Workforce Development Manager, Augusta Health
  • Jason Craig - Director of Community Health, Valley Health
  • Dany Fleming - Council Member, Harrisonburg City Council
  • Vici Garber - PluggedIN VA Coordinator, Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education
  • Sharon Johnson - Chief Executive Officer, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board
  • Sarah Koerner - Coordinator for Employer Outreach & Events, University Career Center, JMU 
  • Shannon Porter - Executive Director, Mercy House
  • Chris Quinn - President & Chief Executive Officer, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Heather Ream, Director of Marketing & Communications, Shenandoah Valley Airport
  • Ashley Shickle - Economic Development Program Coordinator, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
  • Courtney Thompson - President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Olivia Wright - Business Development Manager, Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Past Series Sessions

View details past Regional Economic Recovery Series Sessions.

2022 Regional Economic Recovery Series Session

2021 Regional Economic Recovery Series Session

More than 100 businesses and organizations from across our region have signed the Shenandoah Valley Collective Action Pact as their commitment to collaborate on short and long-term solutions to the challenges facing our region. 

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