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Bolling hails start of Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

The partners in the venture — Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry and Patrick counties, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville — offer an abundance of industrial parks, shell buildings and other enticements, and the job of the Alliance will be to sell these regional assets to site selection decision-makers. Bolling expressed optimism that the...

Alliance aims to market region

The alliance is a marketing partnership between Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Halifax counties, and the cities of Martinsville and Danville. Leigh Cockram, formerly vice president of the EDC, became the alliance's first director June 15. Cockram said once a lead for a new industrial project is generated, her job is to determine which...

AERIAL Machine and Tool opens third plant

AERIAL Machine and Tool Corporation was founded by Benjamin Kurz in Long Island City, NY in 1926. Aerial Machine & Tool located its main office and plant on U.S. Route 58, JEB Stuart Highway, Vesta, VA in 1988. AERIAL is a prime contractor for the US Department of Defense and the company specializes in life-safety equipment, parachute...

Alliance hopes teamwork will add up to more jobs for Southside

Other areas in the state have similar workforce and incentives. What it will come down to is "product" like available industrial parks, shell buildings and graded shovel-ready sites. One hurdle will be changing the mindset about rural areas because in actuality, the region isn't outdated but progressive, she said. It has major airports within 50...

ICF announces 539 new jobs for Henry County

ICF International, a global professional services firm, will establish its first operations center for Business Process Management (BPM) in Henry County. The $15 million center will create 539 new jobs. Governor McDonnell said, "This project is truly transformational for Henry County. ICF International is a Virginia-headquartered company that was...

Regional economic alliance has big hopes for Southern Virginia

How to get jobs in Southern Virginia is a question county and city leaders have struggled with for years. They hope part of the solution will come with help from a new economic development alliance. The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance covers four counties and two cities and will look at how to market big businesses in the region. Those...

Bill Bolling kicks off regional alliance with cooperation theme

Approximately 50 government and economic development leaders from the partnering localities attended the kick-off event for the alliance whose purpose is to target concentrated job creation. Bolling has been instrumental in the creation of the alliance from suggesting the regions form a partnership to "dangling a couple hundred thousand dollars...

Alliance on a mission to bring jobs to Southside

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance will place the region on the map for business leaders and prospective companies, leaders say. "I think this is going to be the extra boost we need to take our economic development efforts in Southern Virginia to the next level, and I think we're going to see that pay off over the course of the months and...

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance Hires First Director

Danville, VA (June 2, 2011) - Virginia’s newest regional economic development organization, the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA), has hired Leigh Cockram as the organization’s first Director. Cockram is currently the Vice President of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and has been actively involved in the...

Checkered Flag Goes Down on Successful Weekend

Checkered Flag Goes Down on Successful Weekend

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, with the support of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) got their first regional marketing effort started at Martinsville Speedway. SVRA is a partnership championed by the Lt. Governor that includes Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties as well as...