The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved funding for several projects in Southwest Virginia.
The commission met at the Richmond Marriott on Friday to approve projects that promise to create new opportunities for farmers, improve places’ ability to attract new businesses, help entrepreneurs start their business, and bring valuable tourism money to the area to lure a press release.
âSupporting our farmers and producers, and creating jobs and opportunities in the communities we serve by helping attract new businesses and grow existing ones, have always been priorities for the Tobacco Commission, and the projects approved at this meeting will be all it accomplishes things and more, âsaid Evan Feinman, Executive Director of the Tobacco Commission. “I am proud of what the Commission has achieved here in Richmond and look forward to getting these projects off the ground.”
The committee members approved a $ 9,000 grant to the Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association. The organization will conduct mechanized forage research in Southwest Virginia. The project will support the purchase of a no-till machine for sowing forage research and demonstration areas, the Tobacco Commission said in a summary of the projects.
The commission approved a $ 500,000 grant from the Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority for infrastructure at the Project Intersection industrial site in Norton. The property requires additional development and the construction of a 30,000-square-foot building to house the recently announced EarthLink project, the Tobacco Commission said. The release adds that improvements must be completed within 24 months to do justice to the project. Commission funds are used for site development work, including paving, curbs and gutters, site signage, lighting, and parking bumpers.