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EDA releases ‘voluminous’ media packet to explain workforce housing project questions



Read the cover letter below or view this attached PDF.

Stacked neatly at the EDA office, 17 informational packets lie ready to be picked up and perused in response to questions raised about the EDA’s workforce housing project.

Read the release below or view this attached PDF

May 19, 2017         

EDA Addresses Questions Regarding the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project

May 17, 2017, Front Royal, Virginia:  The Economic Development Authority Board of Directors and Staff have prepared a comprehensive package of information to address questions posed by certain Town Council members, County Supervisors and members of the local press regarding the EDA’s Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project.  Included here is a detailed timeline of events and history of the Workforce Housing Project and appendices to support each phase of the evolution of the Project and EDA’s involvement thereto.

History of the Workforce Housing Project:

In 2002, Workforce Housing was identified in the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s strategic planning process as an area of economic development the EDA should begin to focus on (with the Town and County) in order to diversify the inventory of housing available to our local workforce.  (The EDA designed its written “Strategic Plan,” to guide the efforts of the EDA Staff and Board.  Every two to four years, the EDA Board of Directors and Staff take one full day to review, discuss and update this document.  The most recent version of this document is available to the public, and can be found on EDA’s web site, under “About the EDA.” Note:  all revisions and updates to EDA’s “Strategic Plan” are delivered to the Front Royal Town Council and the Warren County Board of Supervisors for review and input.)

2007:  Additionally, the “SRI Roadmap,” (Note:  The  SRI Roadmap, a $300,000 report commissioned by then Town Council, County Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority in 2007 to identify community development strengths, weaknesses and recommendations) identified workforce housing as an issue that the community should address and was included as initiative 8D in SRI’s Third Quarter Report, 2007.  No action was taken on the Workforce Housing Project at that time.  It was identified again, in EDA’s 2010-2012 Strategic Plan and yet again in its 2013-15 Strategic Plan.

In a survey, conducted in December 2009 by the County, many people said that the community did not have high quality and affordable apartments and townhouses for young people and the elderly.  In the 2010 Census, the age group of 60 and older, comprised 16.7% of Warren County’s total population.  The issue of affordable housing for retired people and young couples moving into the community should be explored more thoroughly.

The housing affordability issue also affects young families. Those working in lower-paying or entry level jobs are likely to experience difficulty in buying or renting in the County.  The gap in affordable housing can affect the ability of employers, including local government, to attract employees crucial to the community’s health and safety, as well as to the area’s economic growth and prosperity.

2008 and 2012:  The County, along with assistance from the EDA, conducted employee surveys of industry, public school employees, police, deputies and fire personnel to determine how many in that workforce sector lived in Warren County and how many lived outside of Warren County.

In July 2014, EDA Staff began collecting data on workforce housing availability in the community, along with median salaries of teachers, nurses, police and fire personnel, etc.  In August 2014, Steve Burke, then Town Manager, and Doug Stanley, County Administrator, were notified by Jennifer McDonald (EDA Executive Director) that the EDA was launching an initiative to research its ability to develop a workforce housing project geared not at low-income subsidized housing, but geared to accommodate the service industry workforce (specified above); and that the EDA would not ask for any County or Town funds to assist with the project.  Mr. Stanley responded promptly to the information; Mr. Burke did not respond.

On August 14, 2014, Jeremy Camp (Front Royal Planning Director) responded in detail to an e-mail from Jennifer McDonald questioning whether land on Royal Lane in the Town limits would be suitable for a workforce housing apartment project.    From his response, EDA compiled a list of potential properties for workforce housing and narrowed the search to three properties.  It was at or about this time that Jennifer McDonald disclosed in closed session to the EDA Board of Directors her familial relationship with the Campbell’s (owners of one of the three properties).

In November 2014, Martha Shickle (then Executive Director of the Regional Commission) notified Jennifer McDonald that “HOME” (HUD) funds would be available through the Commission for workforce housing development.   EDA secured $300,000 for construction assistance for the project.  EDA continues to work with the Regional Commission on this project.

Subsequently, in February 2015, one of the three sites identified as suitable for workforce housing development was eliminated due to topographic issues and the need and attendant costs to build a bridge to the site.

EDA Staff worked for months to assemble feasibility research including traffic counts (by Pennoni & Associates) and environmental studies, and to prepare a cohesive plan for the project, including working with Town officials to identify appropriate project layout, architectural drawings, plats, and other paperwork required for submission to the Planning Commission for review.

In June 2015, a joint meeting was held of the EDA, Town Council and County Board of Supervisors.  The first item on the agenda was workforce housing; the site layout of Royal Lane was presented at that meeting.  There was considerable discussion between the three entities with no objections.

Town Zoning Regulations for Multi-Family Dwellings (Apartments):  Jeremy Camp provided Jennifer McDonald with a Town zoning map outlining those areas where multi-family dwellings are allowed either by-right or special use permit.  Many of the areas were cost-prohibitive due to the total parcel acreage, or location and attendant costs (i.e. downtown properties would not be suitable, as they would require numerous purchase contracts and enormous amounts of investment in renovation and infrastructure upgrades).     Note:  According to Town Code, apartment complexes cannot be developed in areas zoned “Residential,” but may with approval from the Town Planning Commission be developed on land zoned “Commercial” through a special use permit thus limiting Town parcels that were considered suitable and available for workforce housing development.

According to Mr. Camp, “HEPTAD probably has the most readily available ‘large’ site for development of apartments other than perhaps Royal Lane.  The area behind Rural King has been considered for apartments in the past by others.  There are many other potential sites as well, but many would require demolition and acquisition of multiple parcels ….”  EDA was not interested in purchasing a large tract of land, as the overview limited the project to three buildings on approximately 3-5 acres of land.  The Royal Lane parcel fit the prospectus perfectly.  The parcel was zoned C3 (commercial), but EDA was granted residential build-out by special use permit voted on by the Town Planning Commission.

September 2015:  Jennifer McDonald disclosed in open session at EDA Board of Directors meeting her familial relationship to the Campbell’s (the property owners).

October 2015:  EDA presented the first design plan, traffic counts, environmental studies, etc. to the Town Planning Department and Town Council. In November 2015, a meeting was held with EDA and Town Staff to address concerns on the site layout.  EDA spent a considerable amount of time and money on redesigning the project layout as per Town request, only to be told to then return to the original design.

In December 2015, Jeremy Camp sent Jennifer McDonald an e-mail outlining a meeting on workforce housing with Hollis Tharpe (Town Councilman).  At that time, EDA worked with Pennoni to redesign the layout of the project as requested by Town officials.

January 2016, EDA was told by Town officials to take the design back to its original concept – now 3 months have been spent in agreeing upon the layout design.

On January 12, 2016, Gerry Maiatico (Fire Marshal) sent McDonald a letter of no objection to a single complex entrance (as requested by Town).  Maiatico letter was sent to Jeremy Camp and Steve Burke on January 14, 2016.

From January 2016-April 2016, EDA worked with Pennoni (engineers) to finalize the site plan to eventually be submitted to the Town Planning Department.

Pennoni & Associates engineering firm conducted the Impact Analysis on the site and under the section, Access and Transportation stated:  “The proposed 36 apartment units would generate 252 average daily vehicle trips.  Compared with the commercial uses that could be realized on the Property on a by-right basis, this special use permit application substantially reduces the trip generation potential for the site.”

 April 2016, the application was submitted to the Town Planning Department; EDA received an e-mail request from Jeremy Camp asking for a letter from the Fire Marshal allowing one entrance; EDA re-forwarded the original e-mail dated January 14, 2016.

June 2016, EDA took ownership of the property in order to comply with Town regulations for applying for a special use permit.  The Workforce Housing Project was put on the Town Planning Commission agenda.

July 2016:  EDA Staff met with adjacent property owners and the final vote was taken in November 2016 approving the project by Town Council.  At this meeting, Ms. McDonald was questioned by Councilman Egger on the “assessed value” of the property, which Ms. McDonald wanted to clarify the difference between “assessed value” or taxable real estate value versus “appraised value” or market value.  In an effort to emphasize that “appraised” value is usually higher than “assessed” value, Ms. McDonald indicated that the higher number $445,000 (versus $345,000) would be the appraised value – causing some to assume that an official appraisal had been conducted on the property; which it had not.  “I take full responsibility for causing some confusion,” said Ms. McDonald.  “I simply wanted Councilman Egger to understand that the appraised value is usually higher [that it would be the higher number] than the assessed value.   Unfortunately, I used the word ‘appraisal’ instead of ‘comparable’ in my response to her questioning.  And I acknowledge that mistake.  There has been no appraisal on the property.”

 (Note:  Appraisals are not required in the negotiation phase of real estate projects.  They are, however, required for construction loans, mortgage loans or when property is being held as collateral and that point at which the project involves a bank, loan company or other financial institution.)

Town Council Meeting Minutes, October 24, 2016, Page 3 of 7:  “Councilman Egger noted that she had issue with the road not going through to Remount Road at this point.  Councilman Tewalt noted that one day it could most likely be extended.  He stated that he would have no issue with supporting the request as presented.

“Councilman Hrbek stated that he would support the proposal as submitted to Council.  He stated that many teachers lived in Strasburg and Stephens City though they taught in Warren County and eventually the Town would lose them to other positions in other localities.  Mr. Hrbek stated that there was a need for these young professionals and it was time to catch the millennial generation and provide appropriate housing in the Town for them.

 “Councilman Egger noted that there are no apartment buildings currently in Town that are not subsidized and this would be the first.”

Land Values and Purchase Price:  The purchase price of $445,000 was determined through price comparisons on comparables of in-Town parcels of land zoned for multi-family housing (apartment) complexes.  This is a common practice in real estate for determining price point negotiation.

“The EDA decided that not only was the purchase price of $445,000 reasonable, but it seemed a small price to pay to launch the workforce housing initiative – something we’ve talked about for ten years,” said Patty Wines, Chairwoman of the EDA.

“In response to concern from certain Town officials that we did not disclose the March 1st construction start deadline,” said Wines, “the EDA was witness to a confidential real estate transaction and no monies from the Town were involved in the transaction, therefore, the EDA upheld its responsibility to confidentiality and was under no obligation to inform Council.

“Now, we are moving forward to make this project happen.”

Current Status of the Royal Lane Workforce Housing Project:  The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority owns the 3.6 acre parcel on Royal Lane and prepares to move forward with the housing project.  EDA has been granted a “special use permit” by the Town Council and Planning Department.  EDA has submitted site plan documents to the VA Department of Environmental Quality and awaits final permits in order to move forward with ground breaking projected in June-July 2017.  To reiterate:  no Town or County funds are involved.

“The EDA Staff will continue our work guided by our Board of Directors and Strategic Plan,” said Jennifer McDonald, Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority.  “We actually put our strategic plan into action resulting in viable, tangible projects for this community.  This document will drive us forward — not simply gather dust on a shelf somewhere ….” 

“The EDA Board of Directors has very comprehensive and thoughtful discussion on every project we take on,” said Greg Drescher, Vice-Chairman of the Economic Development Authority.  “Our Executive Director, Jennifer McDonald, works under the Direction of this Board and does not make unilateral decisions without our approval.  Often the work of the EDA involves unique situations.  Those knowledgeable of more traditional agreements involving businesses may be surprised and even question the creative solutions the EDA is able to present to unique land and/or business dealings.  However, our community can rest assured that any agreements being made are done legally and with the best interests of our community at heart.”

 “I find it ODD,” said Patty Wines Chairwoman of the EDA, “that despite the fact that we have delivered our Strategic Plans and Annual Reports each time they are revised and updated to Town and County officials, certain members of Town Council and County Board of Supervisors do not remember telling the EDA to move forward with workforce housing.

“I also find it ODD that there seems to be a group of people in Front Royal who are determined to manufacture a scandal ….  Let me assure everyone – our work is challenging but we are certainly up to the task and we are devoted to the economic well-being of our entire community.  There is no scandal here!”

See attached appendices for detail on the above noted timelines.


Appendix I.
News Articles:  The Northern Virginia Daily
December 7, 2015, by Alex Bridges
August 19, 2016, by Alex Bridges

Appendix II.
EDA Strategic Plans

  1. 2002-2006
  2. SRI Roadmap
  3. 2010-2012
  4. 2013-2015

Appendix III.
EDA Annual Reports, 2008-2015

Appendix IV.
Zoning Map with Identified Parcels

Appendix V.
EDA Board of Directors Workforce Housing Minutes + Resolution

Appendix VI.
Invoices & Contracts

Appendix VII.
Royal Lane Impact Analysis Statement

Appendix VIII.
“The Role of Workforce Housing in Creating Jobs and Stimulating Economic Development,” Center for Housing Policy

The Royal Examiner received the press release, in response to our questions, along with those of others, late Friday morning.  We are currently examining the documents…continue reading the Royal Examiner, the News Behind the News, for this developing story.

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Front Royal-Warren County EDA gears up for its Open-Door Business Session: An opportunity to shape Warren County’s future



In an effort to foster regional economic growth, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has announced its next Open-Door Business Session. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630. This event is a part of the EDA’s continuous initiative to strengthen Warren County’s workforce development and enhance the economic prosperity of the region.

The two-hour session will be packed with presentations, open discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities. The main focus of the event will be the exploration of Warren County’s workforce development prospects, overcoming related challenges, and celebrating its successes in economic development. Participants will have a chance to engage in meaningful discussions and network with key players influencing Warren County’s economic landscape.

While pre-registration for the session is not compulsory, the organizers have encouraged interested parties to RSVP by Tuesday, May 30, ensuring they don’t miss out on this influential meeting. Those interested can register via the provided link.

The Front Royal-Warren County EDA is known for its commitment to fostering an environment conducive to economic growth. Hosting these Open-Door Business Sessions, they provide a platform where individuals, businesses, and community members can discuss and strategize on various economic development issues, paving the way for a more prosperous Warren County.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the local community, network with important stakeholders, and directly contribute to the future of Warren County’s economy.

For more information on the event and registration details, visit the REGISTRATION LINK.

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Front Royal-Warren County EDA holds productive monthly meeting with updates on financial statements and new business



The Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority held its monthly meeting on Friday, April 28, 2023, and all seven board members, legal counsel, and the County Director of Economic Development were present. Board Member Bruce Townshend participated remotely. The meeting started with committee reports, and Board Chair Scott Jenkins provided updates on recent meetings and the Avtex Conservancy Property progress.

The Treasurer, Jim Wolfe, and the Director of Economic Development, Joe Petty, gave an update on the EDA financial statements, and Mr. Wolfe provided a review of the recent kick-off meeting for the Small Business Loan Committee and proposed next steps for the committee. The next Open-Door Business Session, which is rescheduled to June 1, will focus on the workforce, with more details to come.

Under new business, Mr. Petty provided an update on the draft EDA & County MOU, which updates the existing fiscal agent agreement to include current and future operational support between the two organizations. The board then held a closed session to discuss the potential disposition of real property to business prospects and legal consultation on active litigation.

Following the closed session, the board approved two motions. The first granted permission for Laurel Ridge Community College to temporarily utilize the parking lot on Kendrick Lane for their CDL class from May 15 to June 30. The second motion asked the County to perform appraisals on EDA-owned properties at 1321 Happy Creek Road and Stephens Industrial Park.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 8:30 am, at the Warren County Government Center. The meeting was a productive one with important updates on committee reports, financial statements, and new business. The board’s approval of motions to grant permission for Laurel Ridge Community College and perform appraisals on EDA-owned properties demonstrate the board’s commitment to improving economic development in the area. The upcoming Open-Door Business Session in June will also provide opportunities for members of the community to learn about the board’s efforts to improve workforce development.

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Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority launches USDA Rural Development Loan Program to boost small business growth



On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Loan Committee held an informational work session at the Warren County Government Center Caucus Room. The meeting aimed to introduce committee members to each other and to provide an overview of the USDA Rural Development Loan Programs. These programs offer low-interest (1 percent) loans to local lenders who then re-lend to businesses in rural communities in order to improve economic conditions and create jobs. The Loan Committee discussed the next steps during the meeting, including applications, outreach, and review processes.

To qualify for the program, intermediary lenders can be nonprofit corporations, public agencies, cooperatives, and federally-recognized tribes, while individuals, public or private organizations, or other legal entities can apply for intermediary loans as “ultimate recipients” provided they meet certain criteria, such as being U.S. citizens or permanent residents, not owing a delinquent debt to the U.S. Government, and not being able to obtain affordable commercial financing elsewhere. The project must also be located in an eligible rural area, and the applicant must have no influence, legal or financial interest in the work of the intermediary lender.

The Front Royal-Warren County EDA will administer a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide financial incentives for the expansion of existing local industries or commercial business ventures and for the attraction of new industries or commercial business ventures to Warren County. The RLF will be utilized to ensure that a maximum number of jobs will be created and retained, the local and regional industrial base is broadened, and the Warren County property tax base is broadened. In reviewing the employment impact of the proposed loan, priority will be given to those projects which create (and in some cases retain) jobs that pay a minimum of 1.5 times the federal minimum wage.

Eligible activities include site purchases of industrial land, relocation costs incurred in construction and occupancy of the facility, new construction or rehabilitation of existing buildings, machinery and equipment acquisitions, start-up operating costs, and working capital (capped at 25 percent of total project cost). Eligible applicants are industrial or manufacturing firms where goods are assembled, re-assembled, modified, manufactured, or produced at the job site, wholesale and distribution enterprises, and commercial enterprises that establish new businesses, expand existing businesses, create new jobs or save existing jobs.

Local businesses can benefit from this program as it offers low-interest loans to intermediary lenders who then re-lend to businesses in rural communities. This can help to improve economic conditions and create jobs, while the RLF provides financial incentives for the expansion of existing local industries or commercial business ventures and for the attraction of new industries or commercial business ventures to Warren County.

Watch the meeting on the exclusive Royal Examiner video.

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Newly aligned County EDA Asset Committee views a path forward at Avtex site among other business recruitment options



The newly aligned County-overseen Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Asset Committee sat down to establish an overview of the work ahead at a committee meeting officially convened at 3:10 p.m. Thursday afternoon, April 20. Present were the full committee lineup of Jori Martin and new board and committee members Hayden Ashworth and Rob McDougall, along with Warren County Director of Economic Development Joe Petty. Martin chaired the meeting.

The full WC EDA Asset Committee, with new member Hayden Ashworth to acting Chairman Jori Martin’s left. The committee’s other new member Rob McDougall is at near right, with County Director of Economic Development Joe Petty to McDougall’s right. Royal Examiner Photos Roger Bianchini

Following a 20-minute open meeting during which jump-starting the long-dormant development of the 148-acre Avtex/Royal Phoenix business park site, along with development of the larger Conservancy Park area between the business park and Shenandoah River, was a primary topic of conversation, the board adjourned to Closed/Executive Session. The motion into closed session indicated behind-closed-door: “Discussion of disposition of publicly held real property … at Stephens Industrial Park, 1321 Happy Creek Rd., and 400 Kendrick Lane … and legal advice related thereto …”

As it was a committee meeting without the full board, no action or announcements out of closed session were anticipated. However, with concerns expressed by former EDA board Chairman Jeff Browne and former Asset Committee Chairman Greg Harold concerning possible pressure from the board of supervisors in an election year to unload EDA properties to what might not be the best long-term prospects in order to show some immediate EDA revenue recovery, it will be interesting to see how this topic proceeds toward full EDA board consideration and potential action. Browne and Harold’s terms, which expired February 28, were not renewed by the supervisors despite both applying for reappointment.

Did not seeing eye to eye with supervisors on property sales priorities lead to replacement of two longest-tenured EDA board members?

Dynamics of the two-pronged Avtex properties redevelopment included the possible transfer of ownership of the Conservancy Park property inside the town limits to the County to enable Parks & Recreation Department maintenance and oversight. Having the Town on board with plans for the Conservancy Park area which will connect various in-town locations to foot and non-motorized transportation trails was cited. Also how that transfer of ownership would impact the County financially, and its Parks & Rec Department work and personnel-wise, was broached.

So, what are we working with on this end of town? – Two perspectives of the former federal Superfund/Avtex redevelopment site with the 240-acre Conservancy Park parcel to left between river and railroad tracks in above aerial photo, with planned 148-acre business park in upper right-center. The WC EDA is moving aggressively toward positive movement on both portions of the site. Below, graphic with color portion illustrating low-impact Conservancy Park development. Above that section is b&w rendering of potential development at the business park. Aerial Photos by Roger Bianchini Courtesy of CassAviation and Reggie Cassagnol

Martin also pointed out to her new colleagues that for the most part, related infrastructure at the Avtex site to support development was in place. “So, it would be being able to support these trade sectors that are listed, which is kind of right following the goals that we were looking at as we review the RFI (Request For Information),” Martin said regarding EDA marketing strategies moving forward. “I would suggest that we make it an agenda item for the main (EDA board) meeting, that we put it as a formal item on the agenda and focus on what’s been sent as the draft RFI. It has been reviewed by our attorney. And it has been reviewed by the prior EDA board. And what I’d look for from our next committee meeting that we could come out of that meeting and get a full board vote on support to move this RFI forward.

“And the process of that before it went out would be to get on the agenda for the Town and the County as well, so that they would review the RFI — they would have input into it as well. And  then at that point, once all parties weigh in, we would at that point hopefully by June or July, send that RFI out to prospective companies that may want to get a vision plan and development plan for the Avtex site. That’s kind of what I’ve been working on before, the committee had been working on before you came on the board. And that’s where we are,” Martin said in bringing her new colleagues up to date on development prospects, particularly at the long-floundering former federal Superfund and Avtex property redevelopment site.

Aerial photo, pre-ITFederal construction, of the Royal Phoenix Business Park section of the property.

In addition to the “Avtex Redevelopment Site Review”, topics broached in open Asset Committee meeting prior to the closed session included “GO Virginia Grant Opportunities” and a “FR-WC EDA Property Overview”. Martin cited the EDA’s eligibility for grant opportunities due to meeting certain criteria, calling it a “wonderful opportunity” for redevelopment funding assistance at the former Avtex property site, and the recruitment of new business to the community there or elsewhere.

The now fully-manned, seven-member EDA Board of Directors will have its regular monthly meeting this coming Friday morning, April 28, at 8 a.m. at the Warren County Government Center.

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Warren County Economic Development Authority’s regular meeting agenda revealed for April 28, 2023



The Warren County Government Center’s Caucus Room will be hosting a regular meeting of the Warren County Economic Development Authority on April 28, 2023, at 8:00 am. The meeting is set to commence with a call to order, followed by the adoption of the agenda and approval of the minutes from the previous meeting held on March 25, 2023.

The meeting will then proceed with reports from various committees, including the Executive Committee, Asset Committee, Finance Committee/Budget Update, Board Members Updates, and Warren County Director of Economic Development Update.

The meeting will also feature new business items that include an open-door business session for June, a County Payment Memo, and an EDA & County MOU. The closed session that will follow at 9:00 am will focus on four matters and two matters, where discussions will involve the disposition of publicly held real property and consultation with legal counsel pertaining to actual or probable litigation.

Any additional new business will be discussed before the meeting concludes with an adjournment at 10:00 am. Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes of the Warren County Economic Development Authority’s meeting.

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FR-WC Economic Development Authority Small Business Loan Committee to hold first meeting: Learn about USDA Rural Development Loan Programs



The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (FR-WC EDA) has announced that its Small Business Loan Committee will be holding its first meeting on Tuesday, April 25th, at 2:00 pm in the Warren County Government Center’s Caucus Room. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the committee to get acquainted with each other and learn about the USDA Rural Development Loan Programs. The agenda for the meeting and reference materials from previous years are available for those interested in attending online, and a Teams link will be provided for this purpose.

Some of the FR-WC EDA Board of Directors will also be present at the meeting, and they will be available for discussion and to answer any questions that attendees may have. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for small business owners in the Front Royal-Warren County area to learn about the available loan programs and how they can benefit from them.

The agenda for the meeting includes a call to order at 2:00 pm, followed by welcome and introductions. The committee will receive an overview of the existing loan program and hear from the USDA Rural Development at 2:30 pm. The meeting will then move on to discuss the next steps, including applications, outreach, and the review process. The meeting will conclude at 4:00 pm with a discussion of upcoming meetings.

Small businesses in the Front Royal-Warren County area are encouraged to attend the meeting, as it presents a unique opportunity to learn about the loan programs available to them. The FR-WC EDA is committed to promoting economic development in the area, and this meeting is just one way they are fulfilling that commitment.

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Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. The forge is fired up and the blacksmiths are hard at work showing off their skills. Members of The Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac have set up shop in the forge, located behind[...]
1:00 pm Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
New Bluegrass and traditional music jam the first Saturday of each month starting Feb. 4th, from 1pm till 4pm. All levels of playing invited to attend.
1:00 pm Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Carriage Barn in the Historic Area. What’s that buzzing? Meet with local apiarists of Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS – online at and discover the art of Apiculture (a.k.a. Beekeeping). This monthly program[...]
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
8:30 am Crooked Run Valley 5/10k @ Sky Meadows State Park
Crooked Run Valley 5/10k @ Sky Meadows State Park
Jun 10 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Crooked Run Valley 5/10k @ Sky Meadows State Park
Turner Pond Entrance. Explore the Crooked Run Valley and Sky Meadows State Park with Bishop’s Events 5k and 10k races. Get rejuvenated as you traverse through the meadows, pastures and woodlands of Sky Meadows and[...]
10:00 am Backcountry Crash Course: Earth ... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Backcountry Crash Course: Earth ... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – Jun 11 @ 11:00 am
Backcountry Crash Course: Earth Connection Series @ Sky Meadows State Park
Meet at the Overnight Parking Lot. Ready to try backcountry camping? Spend 24 hours in nature learning backcountry skills and survival techniques with professional outdoor instructor Tim MacWelch. With Sky Meadows’ Backcountry Campground as the[...]