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Symposium generates interest in county, IDA advised

SoVaNow.com / November 19, 2012
Directors of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority received a glowing report Friday morning on the Symposium of the U.S. Renaissance in Advanced Manufacturing, held Oct. 22-26 in South Boston. The week-long series of events, staged at Riverstone Technology Park and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, attracted 250 attendees from 17 states as well as from Germany.

Dr. Doug Corrigan, director of the Riverstone Energy Center, told IDA members that the training seminars held during the week drew a great deal of interest. He said the seminars involved some 30 different industries from across the country. Students attending the symposium came from the Higher Education Center, Halifax County High School, Virginia Tech, SVCC, DCC and Longwood University.

The symposium got its start on Monday, Oct. 22 with remarks by guest speaker, NASA space shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin.

IDA Executive Director Matt Leonard reminded board members that two board seats will become vacant at the end of the year, although director Ted Bennett has agreed to serve a second term. However, Marcus Hargave is completing his second four year term and is not eligible for reappointment. Leonard said the board needs to make a recommendation in December to the Board of Supervisors for a replacement for Hargrave.

Leonard also advised directors that a master plan for the Halifax County Fairgrounds has been completed. He said he will work with the county administrator to determine the best uses for the portion of the property set aside for industrial/business development.

IDA directors considered a suggestion put forth by Hargrave, who is finishing up seven years of work on the board. He suggested that monthly meetings take valuable time away from the staff, and more work could be handled in committee meetings with the full board meeting less frequently, possibly bi-monthly. Fellow board members said they will consider the idea at a later date.

Following a closed session, the Board agreed, on a motion made by Ted Bennett and seconded by Garland Ricketts, to extend Corrigan’s Management Agreement at the Riverstone Energy Center through July 31, 2014, under the same conditions of his current contract, which is grant funded.

In a second motion put forth by Hargrave and seconded by Wanda Jeffress, the board authorized Leonard and IDA Chairman John Cannon to execute documents related to the sale or lease of the Flex-Tech building to a current business prospect. A prior motion had authorized the two to execute documents only for the sale of the Flex-Tech building.



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