REGIONAL VIEW shenandoah valley

JMU expects venue to help it stand out from other schools by Joan Tupponce

ent level in 2020 when it opens the Union Bank & Trust Center.

J The 220,000-square-foot

fac ility will seat 8,500 people for basketball games and close to 10,000 for commence- ment and other events. Groundbreaking is sched- uled for next spring. The facility now being used for JMU games and events is “outdated,” says Kevin Warner, JMU’s assistant athletics director for commu- nications. “Other schools had amenities we didn’t have, and a lot of the operation logistics became difficult to manage.” The school has been rais- ing money for the new facility from major donors since 2015. “Now, we are going to open up the fundraising to a wider field for all levels to support the project,” Warner says. The cost of the project was estimated at $88 million


Ariake USA Inc., a Harrisonburg- based manufacturer of stocks, bases and seasonings for the food industry, will invest $17 mil- lion to expand its manufacturing operation by 20,000 square feet. The project is expected to create 22 jobs. The company opened its production facility in 1990 and owns a 34-acre campus in Harrisonburg. It has expanded its facility several times over the past 27 years. The company currently has 90 employees in the city. Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the Common- wealth’s Opportunity Fund for the project. (

DanoneWave announced a $60 million expansion that is expected to create up to 49 jobs in Rockingham County.

ames Madison Univer- sity’s basketball program will be playing on a differ-

The 220,000-square-foot Union Bank & Trust Center will seat 8,500 for basketball games and 10,000 for other events.

in 2015, but with the rising cost of construction JMU “anticipates the amount will be higher,” Warner says. He says Richmond-based Union Bank & Trust, a JMU athlet- ics partner for more than 20 years, donated $2.25 million for naming rights for the facil- ity for 10 years. The venue will include

courtside seating with a desig- nated private hospitality area. A 1,500-space parking deck will be constructed adjacent to

The food company will add production capacity and expand its warehouse in Mt. Crawford. Its brands include Activia, Dan- non and Horizon Organic dairy products, International Delight coffee creamers and iced cof- fee, Oikos Greek yogurt, and Silk foods and beverages. Danone- Wave will receive a $700,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partner- ship program for the project. (

Ryzing Technologies of Staunton has received a research grant from the U.S. Army. The company specializes in engineered textiles and first opened its doors in 2015. The company was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant totaling $1.05

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the facility. The new center is expected to help the university stand out from other schools in the region. “I definitely think it’s a source of pride for everybody associated with JMU, but definitely for the athletes,” Warner says. “It legitimizes their experience and shines a positive light on the university.”

In addition to games and

graduations, the venue also will host a wide variety of

million from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to continue the development of an adjustable, reusable platform for expeditionary military shelters. (News Leader)

Edinburg-based Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shen- tel) has completed two major projects in the transformation of the former nTelos wireless service area it acquired last year. Shentel absorbed the nTelos n etwork in May 2016 after the company bought Waynesboro-based Ntelos Holdings Corp. for $640 million. The two Shentel projects, involved the upgrade of the former nTelos network from 3G to 4G LTE and the transfer of former nTelos customers to Shentel’s Sprint billing system. The two

events such as concerts and trade shows. “We have had events that we have had to turn down over the years,” Warner says. “This will meet a lot of those needs.”

JMU hopes the center will become a destination for the Shenandoah Valley. “There is no venue like it in the area,” Warner says. “It can be a gathering place for the community to have concerts, trade shows, high school com- mencements, etc.”

tasks were completed in 17 months, three months ahead of schedule. (


CSRA Inc. Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer John Dancy has been named to James Madison University’s executive advisory board for the Department of Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics. The Computer Infor- mation Systems (CIS) program at James Madison University prepares business students for careers as information systems professionals. (News release)

Ann Jarboe has been hired as arts administrator for the Shenandoah Arts Council. The newly created role replaces the position of executive director.

Jarboe most recently worked in guest services at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and is co-chairperson of the publicity and promotions committee for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. (Northern Virginia Daily)

Shenandoah Telecommunica- tions (Shentel) Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Adele Skolits resigned in November. Skolits informed Shentel she’s making the move to be closer to family members and her expected grandchild in Toledo, Ohio. The search for the new CFO starts has begun. In the meantime, Chief Operating Officer Earle A. MacKenzie will delay his announced retirement to assume the responsibilities of CFO in addition to his current duties. (Northern Virginia Daily)

Photo courtesy James Madison University

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