TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS IN RICHMOND
Commission Approves 13 Funding Requests for Projects in Southern and Southwest Virginia
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Tuesday, January 9th to give final approval for 13 funding requests. The 13 requests total more than $13 million and will support projects across Southern and Southwest Virginia. The total funds to be disbursed break down as follows: $9.2 million for economic development in Southside Virginia,
AMERICAN MERCHANT INC. TO ESTABLISH MANUFACTURING OPERATION IN BRISTOL
Project Slated to Bring 405 Jobs
Bristol, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that American Merchant Inc. will establish their first U.S. based manufacturing facility in Bristol. American Merchant Inc., a subsidiary of Merchant House International, Ltd. is a Hong Kong based manufacturer of home textiles, seasonal décor products, and leather shoes. The facility in Bristol will produce products such as embroidered hand and bath towels.
WILLIAM KING MUSEUM OF ART OPENS BETSY K. WHITE CULTURAL HERITAGE GALLERY
Richmond, VA – The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon held an opening reception yesterday for the Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Gallery. The exhibit in the new gallery is comprised of objects produced in 19th and early-20th century Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee including ceramics, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, paintings, and more. The gallery will be the flagship asset of the museum’s Cultural Heritage Project (CHP).
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR APPALACHIAN REGIONAL EXPOSITION CENTER
Wytheville, VA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center in Wytheville. The Exposition Center, strategically located at the intersection of interstates 81 and 77, will include a 200’ x 300’ arena, 3,000 permanent seats and space for an additional 2,000 temporary seats. The facility is designed to host many types of events including livestock shows, rodeos, indoor sporting events,
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HIGHER ED. CENTER LAUNCH NETWORKING AND CYBERSECURITY ACADEMY
Classes Slated to Begin in January
Abingdon, VA – Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, in partnership with Old Dominion University, today announced the creation of the Cisco Networking and Cybersecurity Academy. The academy will work directly with Old Dominion University, Virginia Highlands Community College, Wytheville Community College and the National Center of Systems Security & Information Assurance to develop and offer a high quality curriculum that will combine in-depth technical training and professional skills development covering a variety of disciplines including networking,
VIRGINIA PRODUCE COMPANY INC. EXPANDING IN CARROLL COUNTY
Project Will Add 33 Jobs
Richmond, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia Produce Company Inc. will expand operations at its produce packing facility in Hillsville. The expansion is expected to produce 33 new jobs and $650,000 in capital investment over three years. Production of over-wrapped produce will double over the next three years and result in a significant increase in Virginia-grown produce purchases.
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR SUMMIT VIEW BUSINESS PARK
Richmond, VA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for phase 1 of Summit View Business Park in Franklin County. Summit View, located on U.S. Route 220 North of Rocky Mount, will initially have a 5-acre pad and a 25-acre pad available. At 550 total acres Summit View has the potential to attract large businesses from around the world looking to relocate or expand in Virginia.
Blue Ridge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to Move to Washington County
Richmond, VA – It was announced today that Highlands Automotive, Inc., which does business as Blue Ridge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will move its car sales and service operation from its present location in Russell County to Washington County. The new facility will be located near exit 14 on I-81 and the move is designed to increase sales through improved accessibility and visibility.
PATRICK HENRY’S RED HILL BREAKS GROUND ON EUGENE B. CASEY EDUCATION AND EVENT CENTER
Brookneal, VA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today to announce the start of construction on the Eugene B. Casey Education & Event Center at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill. The 5,000 square foot center will be built just outside the historical area at Red Hill and will be able to host a variety of events including educational classes and lectures,
TOBACCO REGION REVITALIZATION COMMISSION MEETS IN GALAX
Commission Approves 21 Funding Requests for Projects in Southern and Southwest Virginia
Galax, VA – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th of September to give final approval for 19 funding requests. The 21 requests total more than $10.5 million dollars and will support projects across Southern and Southwest Virginia. The total funds to be disbursed break down as follows: $1,995,850 for megasite development,