Rosetta Stone Keeps Deal with City Despite Layoffs

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- Before Rosetta Stone came to Harrisonburg, its company leaders made a deal with city leaders. Rosetta Stone would hire nearly 100 people if the city of Harrisonburg gave them a break on the sale price of the old Harrisonburg police station.

Now it has the building, but the company is laying off employees.

Rosetta Stone eliminated 21 positions from its company. More than a half of those layoffs happened in the city of Harrisonburg, but city leaders say the agreement made years ago was never broken.

In a statement, Rosetta Stone leaders say, “Even as we've eliminated positions in some areas, we are hiring people in others."

Economic Development Director Brian Shull says he sympathizes with the employees who lost jobs and hopes the city can help them to find new ones soon.

"Whenever we lose jobs, we certainly are disappointed because there is a human face involved with that job, but hopefully with Harrisonburg growing, hopefully those people can find new jobs quickly. That will be our job," said Shull.

According to a Rosetta Stone representative, the company has about seven open positions in Harrisonburg right now. Brian Shull believes the layoffs are due to the company becoming more digital.
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