McDonnell Names Harrisonburg Entrepreneur To Jobs Council

Posted: January 31, 2013

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced the makeup of his recently created Rural Jobs Council and a Harrisonburg herb farmer is among those on the roster.

Timothy Heydon, CEO of Shenandoah Growers in Harrisonburg, will join several other entrepreneurs, along with state business leaders, legislators and agricultural officials on the 21-member panel. 

McDonnell named Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as chair of the council, and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore as co-vice chairs of the group.

The council will make recommendations “to address the challenges to economic growth in rural Virginia and develop a statewide rural infrastructure plan,” that will include transportation, education, and community development, according to a statement from the governor’s office today.

“Virginia’s rural communities are the heart and soul of our Commonwealth and we must do everything we can to bring jobs and opportunity to these regions,” McDonnell said in a statement.

Heydon’s company, Shenandoah Growers, grows herbs, herb blends, edible flowers and hydroponic lettuce at its Harrisonburg farm. The company’s products can be found in thousands of grocery stores east of the Mississippi.
During a visit to the company’s farm in April, McDonnell proclaimed Shenandoah Growers “a really great Virginia story.”

 Since its creation a little more than two decades ago, the company’s workforce has expanded from 20 to 250 employees, the governor noted at the time. Today, Shenandoah Growers’ products can be found in more than 3,000 grocery stores and big box retailers such as Walmart east of the Mississippi River.

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