Interview of Mayor Cathy Lowe, Town Manager Greg Kelly, and Tourism Director Kevin Costello with Damean Mathews of the Bristol Herald Courier. The interview was in reference a FOIA request from the newspaper regarding the Town's 10-99s for the 2015 fiscal year.
The Town of Abingdon will NOT be able to process
credit/debit card payments on Friday, December 30, 2016. This means that
payments cannot be made in person or over the phone on this day. On Tuesday,
January 3, 2017, the department will resume processing payments. We are sorry
for the inconvenience as the town switches financial institutions.
*Note: The town offices will be CLOSED on Monday,
January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year’s Holiday.
December 14, 2016, the Honorable Sage B. Johnson rendered his judicial opinion
in the matter of Joseph W. Levine, et al v. Town Council of the Town of
Abingdon, VA, et al., Washington County Circuit Court, Case No. CL 16-46. Judge Johnson has confirmed “that the Court
therefore finds that the Planning Commission, staff, and Town Council had
sufficient information to allow it to make a reasonable decision as it related
to the rezoning.” Judge Johnson further
opined that “There being no evidence presented by the Plaintiff’s to support
this claim, the Court does not reach the merits of the Plaintiff’s legal
argument. The record in this case is devoid of any fact that would support an
argument that the town engaged in contract zoning”. Click here for the full
decision from Judge Johnson.
“The Town of Abingdon remains committed to the
Meadows development project and its public/private partnership with Marathon
Realty and the Virginia Department of Transportation. While this lawsuit has
been difficult for all parties involved, the town plans to move forward with
making Exit 17, Cummings Street, and Green Spring Road the safest it can be for
all residents and visitors to the town.
In addition, the town is committed to maintaining the beautiful view
shed of the Virginia Creeper Trail as the commercial development and the sports
complex come to fruition. Likewise, the town is committed to preserving the historic
home site on the town’s 40+ acre site and incorporating it into the overall
site plan for development on that tract.” – Town Manager Greg Kelly
“Vice Mayor Humphreys, Councilman Howard and I want
the residents to know that from the beginning, the former Council took
seriously the comments and feedback of every citizen. This has been a
challenging process and the citizen’s input has made this a better project.
Town staff has displayed great professionalism and dedication to the citizens
of Abingdon. We have faith that this project is what is best for the safety,
health and welfare of the town and her citizens, both now and in the future. We
appreciate the court’s careful consideration and ruling on the merits of this
case and we will proceed with the same sensitivity, as this transformational
project moves forward. It is my sincere hope that this is an opportunity for
Council to work more closely on the issues that face the town on a daily basis.”-
Mayor Cathy Lowe
am pleased that the judge made the correct decision and that this matter is now
Attorney Brad Stallard, Counsel for the Town of Abingdon
A competitive challenge with more
than 23,000 in awards & prizes
November 14 - 18 is
Global Entrepreneurship Week. In Honor of Entrepreneurship the Business Plan
Challenge team will host an Entrepreneur Express Workshop on November 17 from
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator. This event
will also be the kickoff of the 4th Annual Business Plan Challenge
announcement. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration
of the innovators and job creators launching start-ups to bring ideas to life,
drive economic growth and expand human value. The workshop will kick start the
2017 Challenge by providing an overview to prospective contestants with the steps
to launching, marketing, financing and managing a successful business. To
register for the free event go to www.vastartup.org
or call the Chamber office at (276) 628-8141 or Virginia Highlands Small
Business Incubator at (276)492-2062.
The Business Plan Challenge is an ambitious
business plan competition designed to attract entrepreneurs with new
technology, value added agriculture, outdoor recreation, light manufacturing
and retail/support service businesses to locate their start up or expand their
existing business within the towns of Abingdon, Glade Spring, Damascus and
within the boundaries of Washington County, VA. One winning start up business and one existing
business will win $5,000 each. There
is also a 2nd and 3rd place prize for each category. TheVirginia Highlands Small Business
Incubator,Virginia Department of
Small Business and Supplier Diversity, The Washington County Chamber of
Commerce, and People Incorporated, have partnered with Washington County VA,
The Washington County IDA and the Town of Abingdon, to host the fourth annual Washington County
Business Plan Challenge. The winners will receive $15,000 in cash awards toward implementing their winning business
strategy. The winning start – up business will also receive $8,000 in free
services from Mike Spiegler, Spiegler- Blevins, CPA’s and Wess Boggs, Penn
Stuart. New this year is a $1,000 award
from the Walmart Community Foundation
to the business who earns the highest score for their Pitch Night performance. To be considered for the awards, participants
must attend all business training classes to be held weekly over a six week
period and complete a business plan that will be presented before a panel of 4
judges. The business plans will be reviewed and scored by 3 anonymous judges,
who are experts in their fields, and who do not know or recognize the names of
All contestants are
provided a list of mentors from a variety of business and educational sectors
of the community and Virginia. These mentors are available throughout the year
to assist in continued business planning for the contestants. Applications are
due January 11, 2017 and classes will begin on January 24, 2017. The free
entrepreneurship classes will continue on a weekly basis thru February 28,
2017. They begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at Virginia Highlands Small Business
Incubator. The public is also invited to participate as an observer. The
Challenge team offers free business classes throughout the year on a variety of
topics through a program titled the Noon Knowledge. These classes are held from
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator and are presented
on Livestream and Facebook Live during the class and then uploaded and archived
on www.Youtube.com/noonknowledge. Businesses of all types gain valuable insight
from both programs that are especially designed to help the entrepreneur develop
leads for selling products and services locally, gain business exposure, build
relationships and network with other entrepreneurs. All of the programs
presented in the Business Plan Challenge and the Noon Knowledge series can be
viewed live on Livestream and through Facebook Live on Virginia Highlands Small
Business Incubator page or they can be viewed on Youtube, Noon Knowledge.
To apply for the
Washington County Business Plan Challenge, please contact the Washington County
Chamber of Commerce, or visit www.washingtonvachamber.org/business_challenge. Applications for the Challenge will be accepted
through 5:00 pm on January 17, 2016. Space is limited and will be on a first
come first serve basis. Information and
updates can also be found and shared on the Facebook page Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, the
website www.vhsbi.com, Facebook page Washington
County Business Challenge, and http://events.vastartup.org.
General William Campbell Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution held a
ceremony to present the Abingdon Muster Grounds with a certificate "In
Recognition of Exemplary Patriotism In the display of The Flag of the United States
of America" on December 6, 2016.
1: Leigh Anne Surber, Superintendent of the Muster Grounds, with members of the
SAR Chapter after the presentation.
Picture 2: Vice-Mayor Rick Humphreys, dressed in his revolutionary period clothing, who is an active member of the SAR Chapter.
MAIN STREET HOSTS
“HOLIDAYS ON MAIN” DECEMBER 10
Abingdon,VA (December 1, 2016) – Abingdon Main Street is hosting its
first “Holidays On Main” holiday shopping celebration on Saturday, December 10,
2017 in Abingdon’s Main Street footprint. The day will feature shopping deals,
refreshments and a holiday window display contest.
Shoppers can vote for their favorite
holiday window display, and the business who garners the most votes will be
named as the inaugural Abingdon Business of the Month in a program introduced
by Abingdon Main Street.
Additionally, the organization will
officially roll out an Abingdon-specific smartphone app and will invite the
public to join in on that day. The public introduction of this app on December
10 will make Abingdon only the second town in the Commonwealth of Virginia to
launch this interactive, educational addition to smartphone activities.
Abingdon’s businesses that will be
participating in the activities for “Holidays On Main” include Abingdon
Merchantile & Frame Gallery, Forget-Me-Not,
Jerroleens Shed, Goodman Jewelers, Greer Jewelers, Necessities, Shady Business,
and The Candy Shed. For a full list of
participating businesses, check www.AbingdonMainStreet.com.
Abingdon Main Street is a 501 C 3 and is designated as an accredited Main Street
America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National
Main Street Center and is recognized for its exemplary commitment to preservation-based
economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street
Abingdon Main Street’s programs include
community events like Main Street Busker Fest, and the Abingdon Wolf Project
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia’s Wolves,” as well as leveraging grant programs and
sponsorships to support small businesses.
For more information on Abingdon
Main Street, including upcoming events and ways to get involved, visit www.AbingdonMainStreet.com or call (276) 492-2237.