Leaders Meet to Discuss the Business Climate in Virginia

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Members of the business community in the Valley met Wednesday morning to talk about what to expect this year in the economy as development leaders from both the state and the Valley gave presentations.

Brian Shull, the economic development director for the city of Harrisonburg, said he expects this year will be better than last year for the local economy.

One thing discussed at the meeting was the need for workers going forward to fill jobs and support business growth.

People at the meeting were optimistic because the area's population is increasing.

Forbes Magazine says Virginia is the best state to do business.

About 150 people were at the meeting, talking about ways to keep that number high and hoping that 2014 is another strong year.

"It's a very exciting time. We're in a very, very high mode right now. Things are looking very good. People are starting to spend money, investments are coming out, projects that have been on hold for a while are now coming to fruition, so exciting time in the local economy," said Shull.

Another aspect to all of this is Blueprint Virginia, which is from the State Chamber of Commerce office, which is trying to create a long term plan for businesses here in the state because governors can only serve a four-year term.

While there are several things Virginia ranks highly in, there are some things they're trying to improve on, like transportation.

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