Harrisonburg Awarded for its Revitalizing Efforts

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Harrisonburg has won three new awards, the most recent one being the Virginia Main Street Milestone Award for the number of volunteer efforts put into revitalizing downtown Harrisonburg.

Eddie Bumbaugh with Downtown Renaissance said the community has put in more than 80,000 volunteer hours. To put that number into perspective, there are only two other designated communities in Virginia with more volunteer efforts. The first is in Lynchburg, which has a much bigger population, and the second is in Staunton.

Bumbaugh said this shows it is not just the city and staff helping the city grow, but also the community by supporting downtown business growth.

Thom Metroka, the owner of Artful Dodger, said he has seen a huge difference Downtown since his restaurant opened 22 years ago.

"You see now more of a consistent trend throughout the entire week. There is never a slow day Downtown anymore. It is always busy there is always something going on, even if it is snowing or raining or even sunny," said Metroka.

In addition to this award, Harrisonburg also received an award for being one of the safest cities in Virginia.

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