Highland EDA 2023 Incentive Grant Recipients Announced

The Highland County Economic Development Authority recently announced the five businesses that will receive grants from the 2023 Incentive Grant Program.  Recipients are Susanna’s Confections $4,000, Happy High’s $2,600, Shadowlands Farms $5,000, Laurel Fork Sapsuckers $1,250 and Highland Roots Market $5,000.   Nine grant applications were received.

Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 per business are awarded.  Applications are reviewed by the Economic Development Authority through a set of scoring criteria.

The Incentive Grant Program encourages the growth of small businesses within Highland County by helping with start-up or expansion costs.  The grants are funded by the Board of Supervisors and are awarded by the Economic Development Authority.  This year $20,000 was available for the grants and a total of $17,850 was awarded.

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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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