Highland County Economic Development Authority’s May Meeting


At the May meeting of the Highland County Economic Development Authority, the four businesses that had been chosen as recipients of Incentive Grants were announced.  They are Appalachian Welding LLC, Allegheny Lutherie, Claire Sax Catering LLC and Wind Runner Farm LLC.  The total amount for all the grants is just under $20,000.  The Highland County Board of Supervisors approved funding for all four grants in that amount, which is more than the annually budgeted amount of $15,000 for Incentive Grants.

EDA members voted to refer to the Board of Supervisors for approval the application of Jennifer Warner-Cox to fill a vacant seat on the EDA.  Member George Hogshead indicated he will continue to serve on the EDA, so the recommendation for his reappointment will also be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

Member Bryan Obaugh reported that the signage and the language for the kiosk at the top of Shenandoah Mountain has been approved by the Tourism Council.  The information has been turned in to the Forest Service for review and approval.

Member Chad Kimble reported that Highland Telephone Cooperative’s installation of fiber in the Mill Gap area is moving along well.

And the members agreed to continue to offer a hybrid model for EDA meetings, offering a phone option for attendees and a ZOOM option for EDA members, in addition to in-person attendance.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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