It’s back-to-school season, labor day is just around the corner along with cooler temperatures. Happy September! This newsletter contains a recap of August, other updates, and news from across the Commonwealth and the 93rd district.
Local Tourism in the Historic Triangle
One of USA Today’s Best Small Towns is right in our backyard! Their Good Neighbor Pass gets you unlimited admission to our Historic Area and two world-class art museums as well as discounts on dining, shopping, and more exclusive benefits. Good Neighbor Passes may be purchased online or at any onsite Colonial Williamsburg Ticket Office. It’s a great time get or renew your pass, and enjoy visiting throughout the year. Your purchase directly supports Colonial Williamsburg’s mission of preservation and education.
Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
To show appreciation for our local community, residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with proof of residency. CLICK HERE to Learn more!
Virginia Tourism Corporation Offers Marketing Leverage Grants for Small Businesses
Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia’s tourism industry. The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is offering a reimbursable grant program to assist small tourism-related businesses and to bolster non-peak seasonal visitation. The grant application period has opened with applications closing on Sept. 20, 2022. Eligible applicants are tourism-related businesses that have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and can include, but are not limited to: boutique retails shops, food trucks, attractions, craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, boutique lodging and B&Bs, outfitters, and events and festivals focused on attracting visitors during low visitation times.
To access the application and additional information, including eligible marketing activities for this program, please CLICK HERE!
Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
Last week President Biden announced $10,000 in student loan forgiveness! And that goes up to $20,000 for those who received Pell Grants.
Along with that, the pause on loan repayments has been extended to the end of the year and a 5% cap was established for those still repaying loans. This is a huge step to helping working families get out from under crushing student loan debt.
House Page Program for 2023 Session
Do you know any Virginia students aged 13-14 (as of 1/11/23) who have an interest in politics and civil service? Have them apply for the 2023 House Page Program! Applications must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 31, 2022.
Pages will live and study in Richmond while assisting House Members and staff on weekdays during the legislative session (46 days long during odd-numbered years).
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE!
August Highlights in the Community
The 4th Annual Democracy Dash 10K through beautiful Historic Jamestowne. Thank you to all our volunteers, Colonial Road Runners and sponsors like Billsburg Brewery!
In the News:
WY Daily: Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg Breaks Ground on New Medical Office
The Virginia Gazette: Historic windmill finds a new home in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg
VPM NEWS: Study finds Virginia Medicaid expansion increased financial security
Virginia Mercury: With unexpectedly high state revenues, Youngkin calls for more tax relief
Daily Press: New crossing should ease Route 60 traffic woes by year’s end
The Virginia Gazette: Williamsburg rescue welcomes beagles from shut-down Envigo facility
Richmond-times Dispatch: Affordable Care Act rates set to fall in Virginia next year
Virginia Mercury: What Virginians need to know about this year’s one-time tax rebate
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