Shenandoah Valley—For the Record

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The Clarke County School Board approved a contract with Crabtee, Rohrbaugh & Associates as architects for the design of a new $1.6 million high school. The

firm is based in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (The Winchester Star)

Harrisonburg ranked second, just behind Corvallis, Ore., as the most secure place to live in America in a study by The Farmers Insurance Group. Harrisonburg

was ranked among small cities and towns with under 150,000 residents. Factors in the study included crime statistics, history of extreme weather, air

quality, job losses and environmental hazards. Winchester ranked 17th among smaller communities while Lynchburg was 12th, and Charlottesville 16th among

midsize cities. (The Winchester Star)

James Madison University’s College of Business announced a $100,000 contest for the best sustainable business plan, open to teams from the university,

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The contest seeks plans that “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to

meet their own needs.” The proposals don’t have to be “green” in nature, but many are expected to be so. The top prize will include $100,000 cash and in-kind

services to launch the venture. (Daily News Record)

S.B. Hoover, a Harrisonburg accounting firm, agreed to a merger with Brown, Edwards and Co., a firm with several offices scattered across Virginia. (Daily

News Record)

Shenandoah University will partner with Inova Health System to increase the number of undergraduate nursing students. The university plans to triple the

number of nursing graduates at its Leesburg campus through a 15-month accelerated program to be taught at Inova Loudoun Hospital. As many as 25 students will

receive scholarships in return for two-year employment commitments, and Inova will provide $500,000 to fund classrooms and simulation laboratories. (The

Winchester Star)

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