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Two new members take seats on IDA

SoVaNow.com / February 19, 2018
The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority on Friday welcomed two new members, Joni Henderson and Brandon Scearce.

They will fill the seats vacated by Chris Lumsden and Butch Blanks, whose terms expired at the end of January.

IDA director Matt Leonard told members that there seems to be more interest in companies coming to Halifax County than he has seen over the past several months — interest that Leonard said he hopes will translate into tangible results.

In the meantime, Leonard said there are currently 300 to 500 job openings in the county in manufacturing and in health care services — which could mean employment for local residents.

Leonard also welcomed last week’s announcement of a GO Virginia grant award of $648,000 to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and five area partners to train students for information technology and advanced manufacturing careers.

The SVHEC is sharing the grant award with Danville Community College, Southside Virginia Community College and Patrick Henry Community College, as well as the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville and the New College Institute in Martinsville.

Finance Committee chair Mattie Cowan told fellow board members to expect a review the IDA’s FY2017 audit at the upcoming March meeting. Cowan said she hopes that their debt refinancing will be completed over the next 30 days.

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