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Warner, Kaine Announce $70,000 for Economic Development in Southside Virginia

Funds will help create public-private partnerships to strengthen the regional economy and support job creation

Aug 15 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $70,000 grant to the Southside Planning District Commission to help establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region. The areas served by the Southside Planning District Commission comprise the counties of Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and Halifax.

“A key to economic success in Southside Virginia is this continued focus on building the long-term regional capacity of the area,” said Sen. Warner. “This funding will provide additional support to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and strengthen the framework for ongoing collaboration.”

EDA’s Economic Development Planning Assistance program will help support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the Southside Planning District Commission. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of a county’s economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.

Sens. Warner and Kaine are both authors of legislation to promote the economic development of sites like Berry Hill Park in Southside Virginia by reforming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' permitting progress, which would help attract businesses and jobs to the region.