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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3/13/20 1901 Group to Establish Third Virginia Operation in Washington County, Create 150 New Jobs

150 NEW JOBS COMING TO WASHINGTON COUNTY
1901 Group to Establish Third Virginia Operation in Washington County

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that 1901 Group will establish its third Virginia operation in Washington County. In addition to the 150 jobs this project will create the project will also generate $1.15 million in capital investment. 1901 Group is a leading provider of innovative IT services and solutions in the public and private sector market.

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3/3/20 NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE TO OPEN IN TAZEWELL COUNTY

NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE TO OPEN IN TAZEWELL COUNTY

Venue Will Be Constructed In Newly Renovated Theater Building

A new entertainment venue is coming to Tazewell County. Cultural Arts of Southwest Virginia will add approximately 1700 square ft. to the old theater building in North Tazewell to create a Performing Arts venue. The additional square footage will consist of a stage, greenroom, 2 dressing rooms including showers and restrooms, kitchenette, backstage prop area,

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2/26/20 Virginia State University Transfers Agricultural Equipment, Facilities to Southside Virginia Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association

Virginia State University Transfers Agricultural Equipment, Facilities to Southside Virginia Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association

With the handing over today of equipment and facilities worth more than a quarter million dollars to the Southside Virginia Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association (SVFVPA), one of the longest running projects supported by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) has come to a close. Between 2013 and 2020, Virginia State University (VSU) has worked with farmers in Southside Virginia to promote production,

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1/23/20 Tobacco Commission Launches Second Round Of Student Loan Repayment Talent Attraction Program

TOBACCO COMMISSION LAUNCHES SECOND ROUND OF STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT TALENT ATTRACTION PROGRAM (TAP)

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

The purpose of the Talent Attraction Program (TAP) is to encourage recent graduates to live in the tobacco region and work in targeted, hard-to-fill occupations in the Tobacco Region by providing up to $12,000 annually in student loan repayment with a two-year commitment. Loan repayment awards may be renewed for another two years if eligible with a maximum award of $48,000.

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1/21/20 Traditional Medicinals to Open Manufacturing Facility in Franklin County

56 NEW JOBS COMING TO FRANKLIN COUNTY

Traditional Medicinals to Open Manufacturing Facility

Richmond, VA – Governor Northam announced today that Traditional Medicinals will open a new manufacturing facility in Franklin County. The project is expected to create 56 new jobs and includes $29.7 million in capital investment. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is assisting this project with a $245,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grant as well as a $245,000 TROF loan.

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1/7/20 Tobacco Commission Meets In Richmond

TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS IN RICHMOND

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

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Tuesday, January 7th to give final approval for 19 funding requests. The approved requests total more than $3.7 million and will support projects across Southern and Southwest Virginia. The total funds awarded break down as follows: $1.9 million for AgriBusiness projects,

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12/19/19 Commission Co-Hosts Forum on Smart Communities Initiatives For Small Towns

TOBACCO COMMISSION ANNOUNCES $250K GRANT TO TOWN OF BIG STONE GAP FOR CO-WORKING SPACE TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES

Commission Co-Hosts Forum on Smart Communities Initiatives For Small Towns

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission today highlighted a Southwest Economic Development program grant award of $250,263 to assist the Town of Big Stone Gap in adding entrepreneurial co-working space to the renovated Mutual Pharmacy property. The grant was originally awarded in October of this year.

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