SHENANDOAH VALLEY LIFE PODCAST
On the Shenandoah Valley Life podcast, listeners hear from Shenandoah Valley residents who are living, working and thriving in Virginia’s iconic valley. Ready to make the Shenandoah Valley your home? Visit shenandoahvalleyliving.com to start your Shenandoah Valley Life.
Listen now >> iTunes, Spotify, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Breaker. The Shenandoah Valley Life podcast is produced in partnership with the Staunton Innovation Hub, a coworking space designed to reduce barriers to innovation and help small businesses succeed.
Episode 6 – The Farmer Focus Way: A Conversation with Corwin Heatwole
The Shenandoah Valley has strong agrarian roots where local is defined by a country drive, not a 100+ mile commute. Home to four of the top five agricultural-producing counties in Virginia, robust transportation network, and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem, agribusinesses plant roots here and grow. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Corwin Heatwole, Founder of Farmer Focus, about how his unique business model puts the decision-making back in the hands of the farmer. Learn how this young, innovative and thriving company is revolutionizing modern-day farming in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Click here to listen.
Episode 5 – Growing Four Seasons of Community: A Conversation with Massanutten Resort
Massanutten Resort offers four-seasons of multigenerational activities in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Their 6,000 acres of mountain fun is recognized as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Matthias Smith, Vice President and General Manager, and Sarah Elson, Business Relations Director, about how this leading employer attracts and retains Shenandoah Valley talent. Learn how Massanutten Resort offers the tools for professional development and community engagement to create an impressive and positive impact on the quality of life for both residents and visitors. Click here to listen.
Episode 4 – Planting Roots: A Conversation with Maggie Anderson
In Spring 2018, internationally-owned Speyside Bourbon Cooperage opened their first U.S. stave mill operation in Bath County. Less than one year later the company announced additional investment to add new equipment and a second shift to the operation. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Maggie Anderson, Product Development consultant for Speyside, about the Shenandoah Valley resources that help Speyside thrive. Get to know this family-focused company, cool job opportunities with room to grow, and why there’s nothing more satisfying than living in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Click here to listen.
Episode 3 – Creating Community Impact: A Conversation with Jamie Goodin
Jamie Goodin is a creator, innovator, entrepreneur, community champion, and more. Jamie’s energy and passion for creating impact stems from pure curiosity and the determination to produce an outcome that benefits Shenandoah Valley residents. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Jamie about how the Shenandoah Valley empowers residents to fuel change and create real impact in the communities where they live, work and thrive. Click here to listen.
Episode 2 – Part of the Solution: A Conversation with Valley Guard Supply
Launched at the onset of the pandemic as a philanthropic effort to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for the National Guard and other First Responders, Valley Guard Supply is owned and brought to market by military and medical service veterans. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Nicky Swayne, General Manager, and Chris Ashley, Director of Operations, about how the region’s business-friendly environment, talented labor pool, and innovative partnerships developed a valuable ecosystem to quickly launch and establish this essential business. Click here to listen.
Episode 1 – Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Reducing Barriers: A Conversation with Peter Denbigh
Peter Denbigh is an entrepreneur in several start-up companies and one of the catalyzing energies behind the Staunton Innovation Hub. A James Madison University graduate, one of his most successful ventures is the best-selling party game “Watch Ya’ Mouth”. SVP Executive Director Jay Langston spoke with Peter about how the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem supported his many business ventures, what he’s doing to break down barriers for other entrepreneurs, and why he loves calling the Shenandoah Valley home. Click here to listen.