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Halifax Enterprise Zone extended for five years / January 11, 2018

The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in partnership with the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Halifax, and the Town of South Boston is pleased to announce that their applications have been approved to both expand the current Enterprise Zone (EZ) geographically, and extend use of the EZ program for another five years beginning Jan. 1.

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Enterprise Zone program allows selected communities to establish geographic zones, determined to have the highest potential business uses, and overlay them with state and local incentives to support increased employment and taxable capital investments.

“Like everything else Halifax IDA does now, we take a proactive and collaborative approach to managing and improving our Enterprise Zone,” said Matt Leonard, IDA executive director. “For the last four years, we have used an annual cycle of zone promotion, education, application, review and awards to make sure we reach as many of our eligible business as possible. Helping retain and grown them is a top priority for the IDA.”

Generally described, the proposed expansion goes north along Wilborn Avenue from the northern end of the current EZ near Edmunds Street and takes in properties along and near to Wilborn Avenue to its intersection with Hamilton Boulevard, where it turns west. It also expands slightly west along Railroad Street, and south along Berry Hill Road to Berry Hill resort. Notable areas and properties that would be added include: Crossroads Ford Building (Formerly Crowell), Berry Hill Resort, Alphacraft, Powell Funeral Home, Hupps Mill Plaza, Commonwealth Assisted Living, various medical office buildings adjacent to or associated with Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. The total additional acreage to include this area is approximately 125 acres, bringing the sum total for Halifax’s EZ to 3,670.

“We are very pleased to have received approval for both and expansion and an extension in the same year,” said Kristy Johnson, the IDA’s deputy director and local EZ administrator. “This confirms that businesses are growing in Halifax County, and that the Commonwealth believes Halifax is applying and managing its EZ program well.”

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