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IDA honors retiring Vaughan for service

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IDA Board Chairman John Cannon on Friday presented Patsy Vaughan with a framed resolution honoring her on her retirement. Also shown is IDA member Ted Bennett. (SOMcL photo)
SoVaNow.com / December 23, 2013
Patsy Vaughan was praised on Friday morning by members of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority for her 30 years of service to the organization.

Recognizing Vaughan for her efforts, dedication and contributions to achieving the Halifax IDA’s mission of improving Halifax County through increased employment and economic growth, the resolution passed by the board reads, “The Halifax IDA will be forever grateful to Patsy Vaughan for giving so much of herself to the community over her 30 years of service.”

IDA Director Ted Bennett in reading the resolution noted that Vaughan had started her career working half time in economic development and the other half for Halifax County. During her thirty years, he said, she had held various positions including being Industrial Development Coordinator from October 1983 to September 2003 and then being the Development Director from that time until her recent retirement.

She also served as Interim IDA Executive Director four times during her tenure: from October 1986 to April 1987; July 2004 to March 2005; April 2008 to December 2008 and in April 2012 until July 2012.

Vaughan, Bennett said, has been recognized by her peers and community leaders as being at the center of the successes enjoyed by Halifax County in developing its industrial base even before the creation of the Halifax County IDA with immeasurable contributions to the economic progress and job growth in the county and with a legacy that has allowed thousands of people to secure jobs and financial security.

During her 30 years of service she helped to attract companies and programs such as ABB, Presto Products, O’Sullivan Industries, FlexTec, NPS, RW, Power Partners, BHK of America, Annin and Company, J. M. Huber Corporation, Clover Power Station, Daystrom Furniture, d-Scan (now Tvilum), Dollar General Corporation, The Software Factory, Gloster Furniture, Penske, Estes Express Lines, Adesta, Cherokee Tobacco Company, LASCO Bathware (now Aquatic), Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, Mid-Atlantic Broadband, VIR, Lindstrand USA, TMI Auto Tech, NOVI Energy, Pacific Headwear, RTP Company, Sunshine Mills, Virginia Employment Commission and Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Contact Centers, Faneuil, SoVa Motion/National Tire Research Center, SVCC Truck Driver Training School, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia’s Shell Building Initiative program and certification in the Governor’s Business Ready Community Program.

Vaughan was presented with a framed resolution which was approved by the board and with a framed picture of Berry Hill plantation which had hung in her office for many years.

In other business Bennett complimented Director Matt Leonard and Dr. Doug Corrigan of the Energy Center on the interest generated in the marketing of the C-CARE Center. He said the center had received a good response to its offer of visits bringing some 20 high caliber respondents with more coming in early January.

“I was very impressed with the serious discussion generated about the need for the work of the center and the respondents seemed to want to participate,” Bennett said.

The deadline for responding to the request for proposals is January 17, and Bennett said he expects to have a full accounting of the activity for the board at its February meeting.

Leonard said the Southside Economic Development Committee of the Tobacco Commission has approved the IDA’s request for $1.14 million for Phase III renovations to Green View and he expects the full commission to give its approval in the coming weeks. He added that Phase II work has been delayed until more is known about what prospects may want done to the facility.

Director Chris Lumsden reported that he expects work to begin early in 2014 on the expansion of The Woodview Nursing Home and MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville. He said some 40 jobs will be created by the work.

Leonard closed out the meeting on an optimistic note saying he believes 2014 will be a good year for attracting new industry to Halifax County.

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