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 Shenandoah Valley Partnership serves as Region 8’s leading support organization, with additional support from the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, and the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board.  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

Financial and Business Services
Health Care
Information Technology / Communications
Light Manufacturing
Transportation and Logistics

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

George Pace, Chair
Chris Kyle, Vice Chair
Jon Alger
Devon Anders
Stacy Barrett
Kathlynn Brown
John Downey
Joanie Eiland
Tracy Fitzsimmons
Frank Friedman
Dilton Gibbs
Mike Goertzen
Mike Keyser
John King
Connie Loughhead
Gwen Malone
Keith May
Jill McGlaughlin
Mark Merrill
Kathy Moore
Dennis Morris
John Neff
Fulton Sensabaugh
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 Davi
    Executive Director, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
  • Sharon Johnson
    CEO, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board



Recent News

Shenandoah Valley Partnership
March 9, 2018
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
September 24, 2017

Upcoming Events

Apr 27
10:00 am
Lexington, VA
Jun 27
10:00 am


Carrie Chenery
Executive Director
Shenandoah Valley Partnership

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.