Southwest Economic Development Application Deadline
October 8, 2020
Please review the FY21 Guidelines before beginning an application as we are utilizing the Economic Development, Agribusiness, and R&D Broadband applications for this round.

 

For resources to support a locality, PDC, ISP, or citizens interested in expanding broadband in their community, please go to: https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov

 

 Take A Look At What The Commission Has Accomplished Over The Last 20 Years In Our
FY 19 Annual Report

 

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in formerly tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.  To date, the Commission has awarded 2,215 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.


Latest News

6/25/20 Metalworx to Relocate to Grayson County

60 NEW JOBS COMING TO GRAYSON COUNTY
Metalworx to Relocate to Grayson County

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Metalworx, Inc., will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operation to Grayson County. The project is expected to create 60 new jobs and includes $4.77 million in capital investment. The Tobacco Commission is assisting this project with a $265,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant and a $265,000 Opportunity Fund loan.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade,

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6/18/20 Blue Ribbon Extraction to Establish Hemp Processing and CBD Oil Extraction Facility

41 NEW JOBS COMING TO TOWN OF SOUTH BOSTON
Blue Ribbon Extraction to Establish Hemp Processing and CBD Oil Extraction Facility

Governor Northam announced today that BRD Extraction, LLC, doing business as Blue Ribbon Extraction, will establish a hemp processing and CBD oil extraction operation in the Town of South Boston. The project is expected to create 41 new jobs and includes $3.26 million in capital investment. The Tobacco Commission is supporting this project with a $250,000 Agribusiness grant.

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5/19/2020 TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS ELECTRONICALLY

TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS ELECTRONICALLY

Commission Approves 29 Funding Requests for Projects in Southern and Southwest Virginia

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Monday, May 18th to give final approval for 29 funding requests. Approved Education and Workforce Development projects include a partnership between New College Institute in Martinsville and Amazon Web Services to train workers for cloud services positions, a new Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at Emory &

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5/18/20 Damage Prevention Solutions Signaltape XT Meets New ODOT Marking Tape Specifications

SIGNALTAPE MEETS ODOT SPECIFICATION
Damage Prevention Solutions Signaltape XT Meets New ODOT Marking Tape Specifications

COLUMBUS, OH – In a vigilant effort to reduce the adverse effects associated with the damage of buried utilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently updated the 2019 Construction and Materials Specification Manual, which includes specific changes related to underground warning/marking tape.

A significant change to take note of is the requirement to “Furnish tape with a break strength of at least 3000 lb (1361 kg) when tested to ASTM D6775.”

There are two new specifications related to underground warning/marking tape;

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