Downtown Growth Brings More Jobs to Area

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HARRISONBURG, Va. According to the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, more than 1,000 additional people are now working downtown, compared to 10 years ago.

City leaders said the number of restaurants has more than doubled in the same time period and the number of retail shops is up as well.

Eddie Bumbaugh, with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, said this boost in businesses has a big impact on the number of people working in downtown Harrisonburg.

Aaron Gray works in several businesses downtown and said he has had an easier time finding work downtown.

"Financially, it's been a life saver. I save on gas, I don't have to drive anymore. Socially, Harrisonburg feels alive again. It has probably been 10 or 15 years since I've felt it," said Gray.

Bumbaugh said he expects this trend to continue as more apartments are built, which will help bring more people downtown. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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