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11/17/2018 - NSVRC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC) is seeking public comment on the draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS document is an economic development tool designed to leverage assets from across the Northern Shenandoah Valley to bolster our regional economy. The information within the document may be used for future planning, funding applications and development projects. The CEDS will prepare the NSVRC to pursue future funding opportunities with the Economic Development Administration, and act as a roadmap for future economic development endeavors across the region.
This document, as well as the mandatory criteria used in the creation of the document, is available for review at: or at 400 Kendrick Lane, Suite E, Front Royal, Virginia. Questions or comments may be submitted to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission at or by calling (540) 636-8800. Comments will be accepted from Saturday, November 17, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018. 
CEDS Final Draft for Public Comment
08/07/2018 - Regional Multi-Jursidictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
In accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission and Executive Director Brandon Davis, along with the NSVRC Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, are announcing the completion of the 5-year update to the region’s multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. 
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 provides the legal basis for state, tribal, and local governments to undertake risk-based approaches to reducing natural hazard risks through mitigation planning.
Specifically, the Stafford Act requires state, tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance.
This plan authorizes the following grant programs:
•Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
•Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM)
•Public Assistance Grant Program (PA)
•Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG)
Federal (FEMA) approval of the NSVRC plan update was received in August 2018.  The NSVRC is currently working with stakeholders throughout the region to officially adopt the plan update.
Information regarding Hazard Mitigation and the valley, including links to interactive maps and a copy of the plan, can be found online at  A copy is also available at the Samuel’s Public Library, in the Town of Front Royal. 
For more information regarding regional Hazard Mitigation Planning or the plan adoption schedule, please contact John Crockett ( at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission - (540) 636-8800.

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Introducing the RideSmart Commuter Bus!  Taking off from the Front Royal/Linden park and ride lot, the new RideSmart Commuter bus makes stops at:
  • Rosslyn (N. Fort Myer Drive, SB @ Wilson Blvd.)
  • Pentagon Metrorail Station (Bus Bay L7)
  • Metro Center (Southbound 13th Street north of G St Intersection)
  • L’Enfant Plaza (Southbound 7th Street north of C St/MD Ave Intersection)
Ride along with the comforts of Free Wifi, Charging Stations, Restrooms and Bottled Water!  One way passes are just $15.00, daily passes are $25.00 and monthly pass can be purchased for $440.00.  Federal employee Transit Subisdy Payments are also accepted up to $260.00, for 12 rides. 
Want to ride the bus, but worried that and emergency at home will arise?  We've got you covered with the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. Click Here to learn more about the program and sign up today!
Plan your Northern Shenandoah Valley adventure with the NSVRC's collection of interactive maps at!  
Plan a perfect valley outing with maps including:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Trails
  • Fishing and Water Access
  • Wineries and Brewies
  • Outdoor Outfitters
  • Historical Sites
  • Parks and Conservation Lands
  • Transportation
  • Weather
The Trails map offers a guide to the valley's hiking, equestrian, wildlife, biking and motorized trails.  Click on trail features to learn more about the trek, including a full terrain analysis!  Draw your favorite hike to view its terrain characteristics too!  
A guide to the valley's rivers and streams, inlcuding flow rates and stream conditions, is offered through the interactive Boating and Fishing map.  Discover the region's stocked and natural trout streams or plan a float by locating a Shenandoah River access point. 
ShareShenandoah even offers a few trip ideas for kids and family, outdoor adventuring, romantic outings and community events.  So, visit today and plan your Shenandoah Valley adventure!

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