City of Charlottesville Retail Storefront Vacancy Report - July 2021
Charlottesville’s biannual vacancy study was completed in July 2021. This was the twenty seventh study in a series of semi-annual reports prepared by the Office of Economic Development, starting in July 2008. As noted, the overall vacancy rate of the major shopping centers in Charlottesville is 5.31%. These indicators suggest the retail situation in Charlottesville is showing improvements from the economic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. View the report here.
Five Local Companies on the Inc. 5000 List
Congratulations are in order for the five companies in Charlottesville that made the Inc. 5000 2021 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, even amid the pandemic: SHINE Management ranked 279 , Sigora Solar ranked 861, Anchor Health Properties ranked 1,934, K2 Dental Arts ranked 2,219 and Willow Tree ranked 2,486. During these uncertain times they were able to pivot their business, grow and achieve recognizable success. Congratulations to all! See the full list here.
Afton Express Launches September 1st
The eagerly anticipated Afton Express commuter bus is scheduled to begin service on September 1st
. The new service connects Staunton, Fisherville and Waynesboro to destinations in Charlottesville and Fifth Street Station in Albemarle County. The Afton Express will provide a reliable and comfortable option for individuals who commute over Afton Mountain. Bobby Henderson, Mayor of Waynesboro stated “This service has been a long time coming. The transit service will alleviate some of the congestion on 1-64 while also providing our community with a stress-free commuting alternative.” For more information on the Afton Express, explore the website at AftonExpress.org
Upcoming Webinars from CVSBDC
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Future Proofing Your Business with Blockchain – Sept. 2nd at 12:00 pm: PREREGISTER
State/Local Contracting: SWaM Certification – Sept. 9th
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Financial Leadership in Practice Training with CNE – Sept. 10th
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