Creating a sustainable entrepreneur ecosystem
What’s Going On?
Page County’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism is always working on initiatives and strategies to better the economic well-being of the community.
Contact our office for more information - Liz Lewis 540-743-1216 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay for FREE in Page County
Page County Economic Development and Tourism Office will pay visitors to stay in the winter if they agree to book a midweek summer stay too. The promotion is managed by the many small lodging properties who decide to participate. This is an innovative approach to tourism marketing designed to strengthen local identity and let the visitor know that Page County is not just a single season destination. The “Pay to Stay” program was designed to launch a Page County brand; to increase visitation and occupancy, and to bring revenue into the community (small businesses) during a challenging time of the year. Other local economic development include:
Increase occupancy = more lodging tax revenue
Increasing occupancy rates and maximize profit margins for the lodging industry
Engage local small businesses to work together to create an organized winter offer- events, packages, specials
Foundation for winter asset development and private investment
Supply local workforce with more and consistent hours
Tip Jar Project
Page County ED is working on better organizing a viable Live Music Scene to enhance tourism, encourage arts entrepreneurship, and support the local small businesses. The phrase “There is nothing to do in Page County” has become a known tagline and must be addressed with asset based economic development strategies.
Current small business barriers to hosting live music are copyright companies (ASCAP and BMI) expensive membership fees. These fees are determined by occupancy and are a financial burden on most of the smaller businesses located throughout the county. The Tip Jar Project, supported by funding from the Page County Economic Development & Tourism Office, will pay up to $500 toward these fees).
In return, the small business will collaborate with other surrounding businesses to create a destination (neighborhood) music scene - organizing a plan for “Live Music” nights and musical acts contracted. Participating Tip Jar small businesses agree to pay a fair fee to the musicians and will advertise musical acts weekly using the County’s Tip Jar logo.
The Tip Jar Project will begin to be known throughout the community as a County supported program intended to encourage performing arts efforts.
CREATE Page County
CREATE Page County is a grassroots ARTS initiative spearheaded by Page County’s Economic Development office and local art advocates. It is designed to promote creative industries and encourage small business development to support Page County’s cultural tourism offerings and provide a targeted audience to fill gaps during off-seasons.
Follow this link to the CREATE Page County website www.createpagecountyva.com
It’s all about partnerships in Page County! The first ever Page County Restaurant Week happened in March of 2019.
The program was organized by the following community stakeholders: Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce, Luray Downtown Initiative, Page County Economic Development and Tourism, and the Towns of Stanley, Shenandoah and Luray.
Program details and participating restaurants can be found on the new website www.dineoutpagecountyva.com.
the Dandelion Effect
the Dandelion Effect stems from the notion that dandelions are some of the most stubborn flowers that survive in the most unfriendly environments. Dandelions are filled with healing properties and deep root systems that give them the strength to withstand anything. They transform from a flower to a seed and promise wishes that spread far and wide - never knowing where they might take root next.
the Dandelion Effect is a Page County volunteer opportunity initiated by a group of community stakeholders representing service organizations and local businesses. This group, also known as Community Action Team (CAT), has met for months discussing topics such as employment, housing, transportation, job training, addiction, recovery, education, assistance and more. CAT hopes that their conversations and actions will help ignite change for the residents, especially families of Page County.
CAT needs volunteers to join them and become part of their WISH for better prosperity and opportunity in Page County.
Looking for GROWERS, FARMERS MARKET VENDORS & FOOD ENTREPRENEURS .
There is a growing interest in locally sourced food in Page County. We need help to determine the needs of producers and find new market opportunities whether that’s restaurants, schools, or farmer’s markets.
If you are interested in buying Page County FROM HERE Goods or would like to become grower or producer in the local food supply chain, call our office today 540-743-1216.