About Region 8

Region 8 consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester; and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission serves as Region 8’s leading support organization, with additional support from the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership.  These support organizations collectively provide administrative services and fiduciary oversight for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 8.

Region 8 At-A-Glance

Total Population
Total Employment
Unemployment Rate
Median Income Level

Biomedical / Biotechnical
Financial and Business Services
Health Care
Information Technology / Communications
Light Manufacturing
Transportation and Logistics
Value-Added Food Manufacturing

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

George Pace, Chair
Chris Kyle, Vice Chair
Jon Alger
Devon Anders
Stacy Barrett
Kim Blosser
Kathlynn Brown
Greg Campbell
Robin Crowder
John Downey
Joanie Eiland
Tracy Fitzsimmons
Frank Friedman
Mike Goertzen
Conrad Helsley
John King
Connie Loughhead
Keith May
Jill McGlaughlin
Mark Merrill
Kathy Moore
John Neff
J.J. Smith
Jeff Stapel
Robin Sullenberger
Rick Till
Judith Trumbo

Regional Resources


Additional Points of Contact:

  • Bonnie Riedesel
    Executive Director, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
  • Brandon Davis
    Executive Director, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission



Recent News



Faith McClintic
Region 8 Program Director

Notice: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the state agency responsible for administering the GO Virginia program. Any documents supplied on this page are sourced directly from DHCD. Please forward any administrative questions to DHCD.