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REGIONAL VIEW shenandoah valley


Airport begins service to Charlotte and Orlando by Joan Tupponce


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henandoah Valley trav- elers now can fly directly to Charlotte, N.C., and


then on to Orlando, Fla. Shenandoah Valley Air-


port near Weyers Cave might be the smallest of Virginia’s nine commercial air ports in terms of traffic — about 20,000 passengers a year — but the new arrangement with Maitland, Fla.-based ViaAir connects travelers with more than 700 flights. “This is the first time the


Shenandoah Valley has had a partner airline offering daily commercial flights with a jet aircraft,” says Greg Campbell, the airport’s executive direc- tor. ViaAir will use a 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet in flying to Charlotte and Orlando.


The new airline service


has been well received, Camp- bell says. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback and interest,” he adds. “Orlando is one of the top markets for our area. It was previously served by a seasonal airline and did well.”


FOR THE RECORD


James Madison University has begun a fundraising campaign to support its new College of Business Learning Complex. The university has raised more than $7 million toward its goal of more than $15 million for the facility. The learning complex is currently in the design phase with plans to break ground at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. It is slated to open for the 2020-21 academic year. (News release)


Waynesboro-based Lumos Networks Corp. has signed an agreement to acquire Clarity Communications Group, which operates a 730-mile fi ber network in four Southeastern states. Fi- nancial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The majority of Clarity’s


Photo courtesy ViaAir The airport added ViaAir


service to Charlotte on Nov. 30 and to Orlando/Sanford, Fla., on Dec. 11. Travelers flying to Orlando will have a stop in Charlotte before continuing on the same plane to Orlando. The flights replace the airport’s former air carrier, Silver Airways, which offered daily turbo-prop service to Washington Dulles International Airport. “That airline suffered from some operational issues,” Campbell says. “Reliability is important in a small market, and we were


operations and fi ber mileage is in North Carolina. The company is based in Raleigh, N.C. Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks, said he expects the deal to close in the fi rst quarter of 2017. (VirginiaBusiness.com)


Mary Baldwin University will offer coeducational, three-year degree programs beginning next fall at its Staunton campus. The newly created coeducational unit called University College will offer residential programs open to men and women after their junior or senior years in high school. Men already are admitted to the university’s graduate and adult-degree programs but not to its residential college for women. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


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fares to Charlotte start at $44 each way. Orlando fares start at $99 each way. Fares include one piece of checked luggage of up to 30 pounds. “Charlotte is a six-month promotional fare, and Orlando is a 90-day pro- motional fare,” Campbell says. “We think fares will remain close to that after the intro- ductory period. We think they will remain competitive.” ViaAir, which boasts a 98


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. and Valley Health Urgent Care, will be coming to the Rutherford Crossing Shopping Center in Winchester in 2017, according to the center’s developer. NVRetail said the tenants are expected to begin construction of their stores as part of a second phase of Rutherford Crossing. Phase one began in 2007 and includes ten- ants such as Lowe’s, Target and PetSmart. (VirginiaBusiness.com)


Shenandoah University has revealed the results of its most re- cent economic impact study. The study determined that in 2016, the overall economic impact from the university was an estimated $145.7 million and it supported roughly 1,500 jobs. These num- bers compare favorably with the numbers from 2010, the fi rst time


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Shenandoah Valley Airport’s new arrangement with ViaAir connects travelers with more than 700 fl ights.


percent on-time performance record, will operate 12


weekly departures/arrivals to Charlotte. The Charlotte hub has approximately 710 daily departures serving 155 nonstop destinations. The Shenandoah Valley


Airport averages about 70 to 80 takeoffs and landings a day on its 6,000-foot runway. “Five to six of those a day are commer- cial airlines. The rest are general aviation, primarily corporate,” Campbell says.


the university conducted such a study. In 2010, the economic impact to Frederick County- Winchester was determined to be $90.4 million. (The Northern Virginia Daily)


PEOPLE


Nick Alexander has been named area manager for Dixie Gas and Oil Corp.’s offi ces in Lexington and Covington. Alexander joined Dixie in April and, since that time, has worked in various roles. (News release)


Janney Montgomery Scott LLC announced Edward A. Bartlett has joined the fi rm as fi rst vice president/wealth management and manager of its Harrisonburg offi ce. Bartlett was with Wells Fargo Advisors, where he man- aged more than $100 million


in client assets. (The Northern Virginia Daily)


John “Jay” Jones has joined the First Bank & Trust Co. as commercial lender, working with customers in the Shenandoah Valley. Jones has over 21 years of fi nancial experience, most recently with Ameriserv and Union Bank & Trust in Staunton. (News release)


Douglas J. Moyer has been appointed to lead Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg. Moyer had been CEO for CHS Virginia Hospital Network and for CHS/Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg since 2000. Moyer succeeds Jim Krauss, who retired in June after 15 years of working for Sentara RMH Medical Center. (VirginiaBusiness.com)


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