Business Climate

Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg Metro Area are well known as a great place to live, work and play. Boasting a Standard & Poor’s AAA Credit Rating, Rockingham County has attracted a number of established companies, including MillerCoors, Merck, SRI International, Perdue, Cargill, Walmart Distribution and Dynamic Aviation, due to a well-established infrastructure, talented workforce and innovative spirit. Our Metro Area is continually recognized for these attributes, including:

    HOME TO:
  • Best-Performing Small Cities (Harrisonburg—2015 Milken Institute)
  • Best Small Places for Business and Careers and Cost of Doing Business (Harrisonburg—2015 Forbes)
  • Fastest Growing Cities in Virginia (Harrisonburg—NerdWallet 2014)
  • One of the State's Safest Cities (Harrisonburg) and two of the State's Safest Towns (Broadway, Bridgewater) (SafeWise 2014)
  • Best Colleges and #2 Public School in the South (James Madison University) (2016 U.S. News & World Report)
  • America's Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns (Harrisonburg) (National Geographic 2015)







Meet Our Staff

George K. Anas, II
Assistant County Administrator /
Director of Economic Development
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Michele Bridges
Economic Development and Tourism Manager
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Casey Armstrong
Community Development Director
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Pete Kesecker
Development Plan Manager
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Diana Stultz
Zoning Administrator / Subdivision Agent
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Rhonda Cooper
Director of Planning
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James May
Senior Planner
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Barry Hertzler
Director of Public Works
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Phillip Rhodes
Deputy Director of Public Works
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Kathy McQuain
Parks and Recreation Director
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