Community and Economic Development
Economic Vibrancy: The Highland Center has two staff members on the Highland County Economic Development Authority and provides support to the EDA and Center staff and board members are leaders in the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, Highland-Bath Farm Bureau, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, the Highland Tourism Council, and other groups committed to economic revitalization. Accomplishments of these groups have included bringing broadband internet access to the county and developing strategic plans for tourism, technology, and agriculture. The Highland Center also partners with Staunton Creative Community Fund to offer the Virginia Individual Development Accounts. Visit our events page to see upcoming efforts.
Art & Culture: The Highland Center hosts a flourishing art community, with studio space for artists, dancers, and musicians as well as gallery space and a large performance venue. Children and adults alike participate in strings and ballet lessons and each year the Center hosts numerous concerts, plays, and recitals. To learn more about the artists who make their home at the Center, visit our Tenants page and see upcoming events here.
Community Venue: The Highland Center serves as a multi-use community building and provides space for workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and private events such as weddings and reunions. The farmers’ market pavilion is available for picnics and outdoor events, and the kitchen can be used for community dinners, banquets, and local food ventures. Email us or visit our Rental Page to learn more.
Community Park: The Highland Center is spearheading the development of a community park in Monterey and is leading the Community Park Advisory Committee (CPAC). A schematic plan has been developed and work is continuing. AMI Fellows and CPAC members, have removed invasive plants, the Confederate cemetery has been investigated, wetlands education evaluation is underway and the site primed for construction.
Resident Attraction Program: The Highland Center is working with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to create and implement an effective strategy with entrepreneurial incentives to attract new businesses and residents to Highland County. This project is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission with match provided by The Highland Center and a number of local organizations.