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 tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.  To date, the Commission has awarded 2,102 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.


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Last Mile Broadband Pre-Applications Now Being Accepted

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) will accept applications for a second round of Last Mile Broadband (LMB) funding in Spring 2019. Up to $5 million will be made available for projects that provide greater than 10 Mbps/1 Mbps service to tobacco region communities. Applications will be accepted from local governments, and may include partnership with private service providers. A pre-application is required to be submitted by December 21, 2018 to describe a potential project.

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9/21/18 Tobacco Commission Meets In Floyd

TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS IN FLOYD

Commission Approves 19 Funding Requests for Projects in Southern and Southwest Virginia

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Wednesday, September 19th to give final approval for 19 funding requests. The 19 requests total more than $13.7 million and will support projects across Southern and Southwest Virginia. The total funds to be disbursed break down as follows: $3 million for regional economic development,

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9/12/18 Piedmont Access To Health Services, Inc. (PATHS) Expanding In Chatham

21 NEW JOBS COMING TO PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc. Expanding In Chatham

Chatham, VA – Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Rural Economic Development, Cassidy Rasnick announced today that Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc. (PATHS) will relocate and expand in the Town of Chatham. The project will create 21 new full-time jobs and includes significant capital investment. The new facility will be located in the former Hampco building.

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8/2/18 Sale Of BVU-OptiNet Broadband Network To Sunset Digital Completed

SALE OF BVU-OPTINET BROADBAND NETWORK TO SUNSET DIGITAL COMPLETED
Deal Will Ensure Continued Operation and Expansion of Broadband Network

Bristol, VA – An agreement was reached by all parties today that will see Sunset Digital purchase Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) OptiNet broadband network. As an investor in the network, The Tobacco Commission will receive a return on that investment from the sales price as well as a commitment from Sunset to make thousands of home connections at the Commission’s direction.

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