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

538,346
Total Population
248,553
Total Employment
2.9%
Unemployment Rate
$40,052
Median Income Level

Financial and Business Services
Light Manufacturing
Healthcare
IT and Communications
Transportation and Logistics
Value-added Food-related Manufacturing
Biomedical/Biotechnical

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

Chris Kyle, Chair
Joanie Eiland, Vice Chair
Jon Alger
Devon Anders
Kim Blosser
Kathlynn Brown
Greg Campbell
Robin Crowder
John Downey
Ashley Driver
Joanie Eiland
Tracy Fitzsimmons
Mike Goertzen
Conrad Helsley
Mike Keyser
John King
Connie Loughhead
Keith May
Jill McGlaughlin
Mark Merrill
Kathy Moore
Terry Short
J.J. Smith
Jeff Stapel
Rick Till

Regional Resources

Websites:

Additional Points of Contact:

  • Bonnie Riedesel
    Executive Director, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
    bonnie@cspdc.org
    540-885-5174
  • Brandon Davis
    Executive Director, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
    bdavis@nsvregion.org
    540-636-8800

Documents:

 

Recent News

 

Contact

Ashley Schickle
E-mail
540-209-5107

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.