Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, January 8th | 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center Join us for our Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony as we recognize our collective achievements in 2019, set the vision for 2020 and celebrate our business and community leaders. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an opportunity for causal networking during the cocktail hour in the Appalachian Ballroom, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Shenandoah Grand Ballroom. Each ticket includes a plated dinner with two (2) drink tickets. Dress will be Business/Business Causal attire. For those who wish to reserve a table, you can choose between three levels; Platinum $700.00 (table of 8 located toward the front of the room), Gold $600.00 (table of 8 towards the middle of the room) and Silver $500.00 (table of 8 towards the back of the room). Individual ticket will be $75 for Chamber Member and $80 for Non-Chamber Member. This event is a time to celebrate and acknowledge several members of our business community. Award recipients will include Farm Family Stewardship Award, Entreprenuer of the Year, Community Champion of the Year, Diversity Business Leadership Award and Business Person of the Year.
Registration Open Tables (tables of 8) • Platinum Table $700 • Gold Table $600 • Silver Table $500 Individual Tickets: $75 Member (per person) $80 Non-Member (per person) Sponsorship Information on pg. 14 & 15
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The 2019 Annual Report will be unveiled at the event and members are encourgage to take a copy with them. We look forward to seeing you there.
Presented in part by:
For additional details check out pg. 9
Sense of Gratitude Dr. John Downey Board Chair 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS DR. JOHN A. DOWNEY, Chair, Blue Ridge Community College* JOEL SHANK, Past-Chair, Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. * FRANK ONCKEN, Chair-Elect, A&J Development and Excavation Inc* DR. MELISSA LUBIN, James Madison University* SCOT LILLY, Farm Credit of the Virginias MATTHIAS SMITH, Massanutten Resort SKIP WEAKLEY, LD&B Insurance & Financial Services* DWIGHT BURACKER, PBMares, LLP* KELLY BURKHOLDER, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.-
As the Thanksgiving season quickly approaches, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all of you who constitute the membership and leadership of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Recent events like the 2019 Golf Tournament, Connections2019 and Business after Hours demonstrate to me the vibrant nature of our local business community. I am grateful for a committed and dynamic Chamber staff. With Frank’s leadership, and the hard work of Sara, Trent, Sheena and Carlie, the day to day business of the Chamber gets done with outstanding outcomes. Events like the Chamber sponsors are very challenging to organize and our local staff do an amazing job making them all look easy. I am grateful for a committed and active Board, each of whom dedicate time and effort to make sure committees run smoothly and events get implemented in support of local business interests. Finally, I am grateful for your membership and involvement in your Chamber. We exist to support and serve you, but we couldn’t function effectively without your guidance and participation.
Burkholder & Associates ANDY VANHOOK, Appeal Production UMAR ALI, First Citizens Bank KELLY BLOSSER, Riddleberger Brothers ANDREW FRIEDMAN, Cargill QUINTON CALLAHAN, Clark & Bradshaw, PC SALLIE WOLFE-GARRISON, Rockingham County LISA SHULL, Explore More Discovery Museum CHERYL KIRBY, Alantic Union Bank ERIC BARKEY, JS Replogle & Associates, LLC CHRISTOPHER JONES, City of Harrisonburg ERIN OVERSTREET, Gray Television KYLE O’BRIEN, Town of Broadway JONAH PENCE, Pendleton Community Bank DONNA PREZIUSO, American National Insurance* VAUGHN ZEPP, Merck & Company JEFF HILL, Local Chop & Grill House * Executive Committee Members
CHAMBER STAFF FRANK TAMBERRINO · President and CEO CARLIE FLOYD · Administrative Assistant TRENT TURNER · Manager of Finance & Administration SARA WITTIG · Director of Marketing & Communications SHEENA ARMENTROUT · Director of Membership & Investments
As the end of the calendar year draws close, please be sure to mark your calendars for the Chamber’s annual banquet on the evening of Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. For the second year we will be at the beautiful Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. I hope you will join us for a night of celebration of all of the great work that the Chamber has accomplished this past year.
H-R Chamber Connections2019 Hit the Mark This Year Frank Tamberrino President and CEO Last month (Oct. 3rd), the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual business education and business expo, commonly referred to as Connections2019. Over 175 top business and community leaders attended the event, held at the JMU Festival Center. “We wanted this year to be impactful, providing essential information for anyone in business in the region as well as opportunities to make connections with other leaders” according to Frank Tamberrino, President of the Chamber of Commerce. The afternoon began with three of the top “economic influencers” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Barry DuVal is the President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, representing the largest business association in Virginia. He was the architect of Blue Print Virginia, a business driven strategic plan for Virginia’s economy which the past three Governors have supported. Stephen Moret is President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the state level economic development organization. Under his leadership, Virginia successfully competed for Amazon’s east coast headquarters (HQ2) and also received the #1 State for Business ranking from CNBC, a position that Virginia has been striving for. Virginia Business, the preeminent statewide business news source, has grown in readership and stature under President and Publisher Bernie Niemeier, who completed the expert panel. JMU President Jon Alger introduced and moderated the panel presentations and discussion on Virginia’s economy. Key elements of all three speakers were workforce and the challenge of businesses finding labor, transportation, education at all levels, and keeping a favorable business and tax climate. Stephen Moret also spoke about the overall focus of Virginia’s economic development programs, which includes not only traditional business attraction and retention but also a greater business alignment with education and workforce development programs. Tackling the urban-rural economic disparity has become a focal point of many policy and legislative leaders. Coincidentally, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond held a first of its kind Investing in Rural America Conference in Harrisonburg the day before Connections. Bernie Niemeier talked about Virginia’s assets and opportunities, including our geographic location, Right-to-Work laws and growing technology sectors. Barry DuVal extolled the virtues of Virginia’s business climate and the cooperative spirit that both parties represented in Virginia’s General Assembly and executive branch show when dealing with economic issues affecting Virginians. He took note of the fact that Virginia is in an election season and hoped that Virginia will continue to be pro-business, pro-jobs across all sectors of the economy, and pro-education. What can we do to remain the number one State for Business? The keys he outlined from the Virginia Chamber’s perspective, as well as at the local Chamber level, are: advance a pro-business policy agenda; work to reduce the cost of health care for all businesses; promote investment for infrastructure, workforce and education; and provide a unified voice for Virginia’s business community. All three speakers mentioned connecting curriculum and education with jobs of the future, continue diversification of the economy, and expanding broadband access to every citizen of Virginia. The second panel brought everything closer to home, as Eric Campbell, Harrisonburg City Manager, and Stephen King, Rockingham County Administrator, addressed “The State of the City and County”. The City Manager gave a hint, but not a formal glimpse, of the City’s new branding initiative, which has since been released. He also covered several on-going studies (parking, traffic, and a master
plan) for downtown Harrisonburg, talked about the continued growth of the City and the top areas of public sector focus, and singled out the growth in tourism revenue and the associated tourist tax collections since Hotel Madison and the Shenandoah Valley Conference Center opened last year. The County Administrator went through a long list of business expansions in Rockingham County recently as well as some of the commercial and retail opportunities that growth is bringing. He also recognized the public service and infrastructure needs that the County is looking at going forward, but stressed the fiscal restraint the County officials try to use and the recognized regional impact of County decisions. There were three concurrent sessions mid-afternoon, which were all well attended and Chamber staff received many positive comments. Keith May and Tim Reamer, with Cottonwood Commercial Realty spoke on the “Future of Commercial and Retail Real Estate, and More”. This topic came out of Chamber discussions surrounding e-commerce and small business adaptation over time. Cindy Maish, U.S. Department of Labor, Community Outreach, addressed the sometimes thorny issues of employment law versus practice, even unintended. Everyone left that session with plenty of notes and a better understanding of what issues raise red flags and how to avoid them altogether. Dave Saunders informed and entertained the attendees at a session on Marketing Trends. His Richmond based company, Madison + Main, specializes in branding and digital marketing. Wrapping up the afternoon sessions, the Chamber opened a survey instrument to gauge the current opinions of the business community on the economy and areas of programs that the Chamber may consider going into 2020. Kai Degner, with JMU’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education, led this exercise. Connections2019 wrapped up with a business expo and reception in the Festival Center ballroom. Door prizes and a grand prize of two airline tickets from SkyWest Airlines flying out of SHD kept the crowd around until the end. The events of the day were provided not only by the Chamber but with the support of: Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, James Madison University, Massanutten Resort, Atlantic Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Poultry Federation, Appeal Production, JMU’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education, DuPont Community Credit Union, Bridgewater College, Blue Ridge Community College, Converge Local, United operated by SkyWest Airlines and Cargill.
If you were not able to join us for Connections2019, here is the link to the two sessions that were recorded Click HERE for the link.
Frank Tamberrino and Lois Crawford winner of the two round trip tickets from United operated by Skywest Airlines
Jon Alger, James Madison University President, introduces the featured panel
2019-2020 COMMUNITY PROFILE & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY The new 2019-20 Community Profile and Membership Directory for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is now available. Town Square Publishing once again partnered with the Chamber, but the Chamber staff gave this edition a slightly different twist. Chamber President, Frank Tamberrino explained that the articles for this Community Profile were written by local individuals who are partners in the development of the community. “We tell people all of the time that we are part of a collaborative community where City, County and the private sector actually get along and work together to take advantage of opportunities or to solve issues. Similarly, we work across organizational lines all of the time, focused more on the community than who gets credit”. Specifically, articles were written by: Dr. Jay Langston, executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership; Bob Hill and the team at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors; Dr. John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College; Nicky Swayne, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council; Bob Privott, In and Around Harrisonburg; and Chamber staff. Photos were provided by area photographers, businesses and institutions. The cover photo was shot by Cody James at JMU, and shows just one part of the new construction at JMU, a vibrant commercial and lodging area of Harrisonburg, and the beauty of Rockingham County in the background. Copies were mailed to Chamber members in late September and also distributed at Connections2019. Additional copies are available at the Chamber of Commerce office and also online by clicking here.
AMP’T: Advancing Modern Professionals of Tomorrow Kickoff event at Hotel Madison Grace + Main Coffee Shop
Visit for the Village, Stay for the Town November 29 - December 22, 2019 Nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Timberville was incorporated in 1884. This tight-knit community is home to artisans, foodies, and Christmas spirit. In order to showcase the exceptional talents of residents, the Timberville Christmas Village opens in November and runs through December. The Village is located at 325 American Legion Drive, Timberville, VA. For more details click here. Page 6
2019 Remaining Calendar of Events PRE-SESSION LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST • DEC. 4, 2019 @ JMU Festival & Student Center 7:30-9:00 a.m.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council together host the Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at JMU Festival and Student Center. This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. What can we expect when the 2020 Session begins? $15 Chamber Members | $15 SVTC Members $20 Non-Chamber & Non SVTC Members
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MEMBER SUCCESS ORIENTATION
BUSINESS RELATED COMMITTEES
Broadway-Timberville Business Council Second Wednesday of each month, 12:00 Noon
November 26 - 10:00 a.m., Chamber Office
December 13 - 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., JMU Ice House
December 10 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., The Cracked Pillar (Co-Host Holiday Social with Greater Ashby Business Council)
Aging-in-Place Roundtable Third Friday of each month, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Diversity Business Council Last Wednesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. Greater Ashby Business Council Second Tuesday of each month, 12:00 Noon
For a full list of events click here
Public Policy Committee Second Tuesday of each month, 12:00 Noon
*Schedule complete as of release time; subject to change Visit the Chamber’s Event Calendar for confirmed dates.
Shenandoah Women’s Alliance Quarterly
Jonah Pence at Beards & Broads
Brix & Columns Vineyards
It is time again to participate in our Shop Local campaign for the 2019 Holiday Season! In an effort to support our Chamber Member retailers this holiday season, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is continuing our â€œShop Localâ€? initiative that will kick-off Friday, November 22 and concludes on Tuesday, December 17. The goal of the program is to generate consumer spending for Holiday 2019 while also creating new year-round consumers that are encouraged to shop with local Chamber members first. Consumers are encouraged to shop locally with participating Chamber Members for a chance to win a holiday gift basket filled with items donated by participating businesses. From Friday, November 22 to Tuesday, December 17, any consumer who spends at least $25 at a participating Chamber Member location will be given the chance to enter their name into the drawing. There is no limit on the amount of times an individual can enter, but they can only enter one time per transaction. So the more times they shop at the participating businesses, the better their chances of winning! Make plans to support the participating Chamber Members for all of your holiday shopping needs! Visit hrchamber.org for the list of businesses.
Travel has just gotten eaiser in the Valley
The new flight schedule* beginning December 4, 2019 is as follows:
*flights schedule varies and is subject to change The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) and SkyWest Airlines are pleased to announce two new United Express flights between Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), as well as schedule enhancements for current flights this December. These changes will continue to make it even easier and more convenient for Shenandoah Valley travelers to fly local. The new flights to Washington Dulles will provide travelers greater flexibility thanks to a new mid-morning arrival from Washington, a new evening departure, and a new late-night flight back to the Shenandoah Valley. Flights to Chicago Oâ€™Hare International Airport will also be enhanced with a mid-morning departure from Shenandoah Valley. These improvements will help ensure maximum connection opportunities at both hubs and more convenient flight times for customers.
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Opening
Cave Hill Farms Brewery Ribbon Cutting
Country Roads Audiology & Hearing Ribbon Cutting
Beards & Broads Ribbon Cutting
InterChange Group, Inc. Cold Storage Facility Grand Opening
Another Chance Events - Monica Pangle Another Chance Events is an event design and specialty rental company based in Harrisonburg. Serving weddings, parties, events, and celebrations of all sizes throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Another Chance Events is an event rental, decor rental and styling company. Weddings, parties, events, and celebrations of all shapes and sizes, they have what you need to bring any occasion to life. From Contemporary to Vintage & Rustic, with everything in between. From arbors to votives to your essential tables and chairs. Your event needs style. Theyâ€™ve got the stuff that styles. Schedule your showroom appointment! All of their inventory is under one roof for you to touch, view and prepare for your event. 7021 Arch Drive, Mt. Crawford, VA 22841 | 540-820-5884 | http://www.anotherchanceevents.com Beards & Broads LLC - Kyle McQuillian Urban Axe Throwing is THE new, fun and exciting sport in Harrisonburg. Youâ€™ll always remember the first time you hurled an Axe and hit the target! They invite you to experience what pure adrenaline feels like at Beards & Broads. Become a party planning legend when you book your next event for family, friends or co-workers at Beards & Broads. 1971 Evelyn Byrd Ave Ste G., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-208-7902 | https://beardsnbroads.com CBM Mortgage, Inc. - Timothy Cline CBM Mortgage is a mortgage financing company devoted to helping you get the best possible home loan solution. CBM Mortgage is a locally owned and operated mortgage lender based in the town of Front Royal with branch offices located in Winchester, Strasburg, Charlottesville, Alexandria, Culpeper, Virginia Beach and Frederick, MD. They provide home mortgages, real estate loans & refinancing services. They take pride in giving their clients the highest quality customer service in the Shenandoah Valley. 912 Hometown Way, Front Royal, VA 22630 | 540-431-2359 | http://www.cbmmortgage.com Clutter Conversions - Kathy Rusmisel Professional Organizing. Let us take the stress out of your transition into your new home - whether you are moving into a smaller home, an assisted living residence or retirement community. Our goal at Clutter Conversions, LLC is to help our clients and their families with the transition from their existing home to their new home. We understand the emotional, physical and financial stress associated with the entire process. 5 Louise Drive, Bridgewater, VA 22812 | 540-908-9215 | http://www.clutterconversions.com Lil Bloomers Daycare - Toni Bowyer With small class sizes and a warm, nurturing environment, Lil' Bloomers Daycare focuses on developing your child's learning potential while remaining sensitive to your child's individual needs. Our dedicated teachers and staff are passionate about forming strong partnerships with parents to ensure the best possible experience for all children. Virginia Licensed Childcare Center located in McGaheysville. Providing quality childcare for ages newborn-5 years of age. 38 Bloomer Springs Rd, McGaheysville, VA 22840 | 540-289-5533 | http://www.lilbloomersdaycare. com Page 11
Plains Area Daycare Center - Melissa Britt The mission statement of Plains Area Daycare Center is to provide quality and affordable childcare for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children, birth though 12 years of age, in northern Rockingham County with a special emphasis on providing scholarship assistance to low income families. 12059 Daphna Road, Broadway, VA 22815 | 540-896-4622 | https://plainsareadaycare.wixsite.com/padc Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition - Kyle Lawrence They believe that biking should be fun. They believe that change can be playful. They believe that inclusion and a welcoming attitude will make us stronger and better, together. They believe in stewardship and working for future generations. They believe in the power of the bicycle to transform ourselves and our world. 128 W Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 571-277-8121 | http://svbcoalition.org Shifa Institute, PLC - Nabeel Babar Shifa Institute is a membership-based endocrinology, weight loss and wellness practice dedicated to providing high-quality affordable specialty care. They serve Harrisonburg, Virginia and surrounding areas. 1461 Brookhaven Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-908-2100 | http://www.shifainstitute.com Smart Beginnings - Greater Harrisonburg - Sharon Shuttle Smart Beginnings - Greater Harrisonburg is for all people that are interested in local efforts to ensure Smart Beginnings for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County children birth to six year old. 395 S. High Street, Room 7345, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-810-5610 | http://www.harrisonburg.k12. va.us Stonewall Jackson Inn - Joel Graham Cozy, well-equipped rooms with vintage dĂŠcor, soft and sensuous luxury sheets and pillows, and hardwood floors provide a charming, relaxed setting and supreme comfort. They are a smoke-free property. As soon as you enter Stonewall Jackson Inn, you will be welcomed by their attentive staff and made to feel at home. The staff is dedicated to ensuring that your stay is comfortable, relaxing and memorable. They like to say that you check in as guests, but checkout as friends. 547 E. Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801| 540-433-8233 | http://stonewalljacksoninn.com Valley Montessori School - Danielle Jahne Fostering growth in independence and problem solving; the development of order, concentration, and coordination; the nurturing of oral communication skills; and the stimulation of the childâ€™s joy in discovery and learning. 15 Southgate Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-3070 | http://www.valleymontessori.school/ William Roy - William Roy Individual Member Page 12
Vinny's Italian Grill and Pizzeria - Ann Johnson Vinny's is your neighborhood Pizzeria, serving your traditional and unique favorites. With the taste of a New York style pizza, delicious subs, meatballs and pasta dishes; Vinny’s adds a new twist to old family recipes and sauces. They take great pride in preparing the freshest market foods for their customers, making their dough and sauces fresh daily and using nothing but the finest ingredients and selected cheeses, topping it all off with "Vinny's" trademark fast and friendly services. 225 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-564-0105 | http://www.VinnysItalianGrill.com
The 2020 Sponsorship and Advertising Guide will be released on November 18, 2019. Sponsorship of Chamber-led events and advertising in Chamber publications increases your visibility, markets your business and promotes your commitment to your Chamber and greater community. Your company’s brand is included in collateral materials and print advertising to help you lock in valuable public recognition. We are happy to help guide you through the events and programs that reach your target audience and align with your marketing budget. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels to meet the needs of all Chamber members. For further information on the Chamber’s event sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Sara Wittig, Director of Marketing & Communications 540-434-3862 x 108 or email@example.com. Remember that the Sponsorship and Advertising Guide can be found on the Chamber’s website. Click here.
Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony Sponsorship New this year…Hors D’oeuvres Sponsor • $550 • 5 Available • Two event tickets • Logo on event program to be displayed on the event tables • Logo on signage at the Hors D’oeuvres tables • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on Social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Platinum Event Sponsor • $2,000 • 2 1 Available • Four event tickets in preferred sponsorship seating • Company logo included in all collateral electronic and print materials • Logo on sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Opportunity to place logo item on each table for display • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Beverage Sponsor • $550 • 4 2 Available • Two event tickets • Table card at beverage station acknowledging sponsorship to guests • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Capital Ale House, MillerCoors Award Winner Table Host Sponsors • $750 • 5 3 Available • Two event tickets • Table card acknowledging sponsorship to guests • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Lantz Construction Company, Farm Credit of the Virginias Dessert Sponsors • $750 • 2 1 Available • Two event tickets • Table card at each table acknowledging sponsorship to guests • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc - Burkholder & Associates,
Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony Sponsorship Program Sponsor • $300 • 2 1 Available • One Event Ticket • Logo on Event Programs and displayed on event tables • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to DuPont Community Credit Union, Audio and Visual Sponsor • $1000 • 3 SOLD • Two Event Ticket • Company Logo included on all collateral electronic and print material • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Appeal Production, Dynamic Aviation Group, Blue Ridge Bank Event Photographer • TAKEN • One Event Ticket • Watermarked photo album shared on the Chamber’s Facebook Page • Ability to sell photographs from event • Photo credit when Chamber uses photography in future publications • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Josh Gooden Photography Long-Time Member Acknowledgement Sponsor $300 • 2 SOLD • One Event Ticket • Logo on Event Programs to be displayed on event tables • Sponsorship acknowledgement at the event from stage and on posters • Logo on the sponsorship slide of slideshow running during reception • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to the event Special Thanks to Blue Ridge Community College, VA Poultry Federation