Checkered Flag Goes Down on Successful Weekend

primland10.2010The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance with the support of Lt Governor Bill Bolling, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) got their first regional marketing effort started at Martinsville Speedway. The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance is a partnership championed by the LT Governor that includes Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties as well as the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

The effort, that included 10 invited site selection companies as well as companies that are looking to expand or relocate operations, showcased the southern region of Virginia over the weekend of October 22 through the 25. It also included a presentation on the workforce, regional assets such as industrial parks and shell buildings, education and quality of life.

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Annin Takes Top International Honors

Annin wins Best in Category for fair flagfrom the News & Record - Annin & Company's South Boston facility last week submitted four entries to the 2010 Golden Image Awards Competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 13-15.

The Golden Image Competition is the screen printing and graphic imaging industry's showcase of printing excellence.

Competition for these coveted awards is fierce with flag and banner entries from around the world vying for the honors.

Of the entries submitted, Annin won "Best in Category" for its digitally printed "Halifax County Fair banner".

The design and graphics for the flag were supplied to Annin by Fair coordinator Donnell Corelle.

"Annin's award winning 49'ers flagThis is the first time we have ever won in the digital category," said plant manager Bill Kelehar.
Also Annin's entry in the screen printed category "Charlotte 49ers" captured the silver ribbon.

Photos - Top, Annin & Company's Halifax County Fair banner recently took top international honors among digitally printed banners in a competition held in Las Vegas. With the banner they created are,from left, Linda King, Joan King, Wanda Francis, Melissa Roark and Tim Bauldwin.

Bottom - Annin's Charlotte 49ers banner received a silver ribbon in Las Vegas competition. With the banner are, from left, Wanda Francis, Joan King, Melissa Roark and Linda King and in the back: Charles Edmondson, Tony Conner, Jerome Whittle and Oscar Garzon

County Agencies Clear Hurdle to Tobacco Commission Funding

At the regularly scheduled Southside Economic Development Committee meeting of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, several Halifax County agencies and one business cleared a major hurdle in their march toward funding.

The Southside Economic Development Committee recommended unanimous support for applications from the Halifax County Department of Tourism, the Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County and the Halifax County Service Authority. The Committee also recommended approval for the application by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative that is region wide in scope, with committee member Connie Nyholm abstaining from the vote.

“This represents a huge step forward for Halifax County and our efforts to secure funding for these critical projects,” said Mike Sexton, IDA executive director. “Without the support of the Tobacco Commission staff and the vote of support by the committee, it would be impossible to move these projects from the idea phase to the planning phase and on to the completion phase.”

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Virginia Main Street foodies pick their favorites

Bistro_Horzontalfrom Virginia Main Street - Virginia Main Street blog readers logged on in record number to select their favorite Main Street eateries. In just over a month nearly 59,000 votes were cast for one of 25 restaurants.

Nearly half of the votes were for South Boston’s BISTRO 1888. And it’s a worthy top choice. The Bistro demonstrates what first-class food and downtown reinvestment can do for a community. Since executive  chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield moved back east from Portland, Oregon and established the eatery with co-owner Barbara Cage, South Boston has been a dining destination. Read reviews of the American Automobile Association three-diamond rated BISTRO 1888 here.

According to Destination Dowtown South Boston director Tamyra Vest, the restaurant played an important role in stepping revitalization up to the next level when it opened in 2003. “We feel very fortunate. Really good restaurants are critical to an arts and culture based revitalization strategy. When visitors or residents come into town to see a show or an exhibit, they want to pair it with a memorable meal in a welcoming setting.  Bistro 1888 offers that.”

Building For Your Future!!!

rs_construction_aerialThe construction has begun for the 5 Soon to be Pad Ready Sites within Riverstone Technology Park. A Pad Ready site means that the site has been cleared, grubbed, and the mass grading has been completed. Only final grading will be necessary to begin construction on a building.

This project will improve the immediate availability of sites to build on, thus improving the competitiveness of Halifax County.  The pad ready and infrastructure ready sites will position Halifax County with sites ready to build on and increase Halifax County’s chances of success of meeting prospects’ needs by reducing the location timeline.  Being able to get time sensitive projects underway without excessive development or unnecessary unknowns is crucial for winning projects.

Also, to be completed in the Riverstone Project is the engineering for the 115kv Electrical Line extension to be brought to Riverstone Technology Park and design of the 34.5 kv loop for within the park. rs_constructionThis will reduce the timing to make infrastructure readily available to all sites within the park. This again will make Halifax County poised for a new industry looking to locate.

For more information please contact the IDA office at 434-572-1734.

SVHEC Business of Art & Design Interns develop 3-D renderings of Halifax County Assets

Halifax County has gone 3D! Through a partnership between the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), interns in the Business of Art & Design program at the SVHEC have developed 3D renderings of Halifax County’s most notable assets.

3d studentsInterns Britteny Madine, Evan Irby, Ben Scarborough, and Russell White developed complete 3D models of the Prizery, Berry Hill, the SVHEC, Downtown South Boston, and the SVHEC’s Innovation Center (currently under construction). These full-scale computer renderings are fully explorable, and can be used to create digital tours for the Internet. This will allow the IDA to show the beauty and strength of the community before a prospective employer ever drives into town. “The collaboration with the SVHEC is one of the most important things we’re doing to differentiate Halifax County when competing for jobs,” said IDA Executive Director Mike Sexton. “We can differentiate ourselves quickly with collaboration, and that’s critical to rebounding our workforce.”

The interns used Google Sketchup to create their full-scale models. Because they did not come into the project already knowing the software, the entire process of developing the 3D models was a learning experience for them as well as BA&D coordinators. “We want to incorporate Google Sketchup into the Business of Art & Design curriculum, and this project was an opportunity to do real research and to prove out the concept of doing that,” said Business of Art & Design Coordinator Ben Capozzi.

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VIR Named in Top 6 US Road Courses

Car and Driver Magazine has published a feature article "America's Best Road Courses - An insider's guide to our favorite racing circuits," and Halifax County's own VIRginia International Raceway is on the list! An excerpt from the article reads:


When we picked VIR as the venue for our annual Lightning Lap performance shootout, we called it the nearest thing to the Nürburgring’s fabled Nordschleife, which is used regularly by many automakers for high-performance development. Equating VIR with the Ring may be a stretch. But it’s the closest approximation we’ve found in the U.S., and it’s set in beautiful countryside."

The article reveals the best places to watch and the scariest corners, plus has an interesting historical note.  Click here to read the entire article, or here to go straight to the VIR content.  Congratulations, VIR!

Arctic ‘Igloo’ Takes Shape On Burlington Property

Lindstrand USA

from the Gazette-Virginian

HIGH-TECH IGLOO – That’s what this inflatable structure appears to be, but it’s actually a drilling warehouse manufactured here by Lindstrand, USA, and bound for the north slope of Alaska. Pictured, from left, are Richard Tisch of Fairweather Exploration and Production Services, Angela Lewis of Lindstrand and Dan Gilbert of Base-X, which are cooperating in the venture. (G-V Photo/Doug Ford)


Like something out of a science fiction movie, it rises from the pavement next to the former Burlington plant in Halifax, but its final destination is the north slope of Alaska.

It may look like an igloo for a very large Eskimo, but it’s really an inflatable drilling warehouse, built here by Lindstrand, USA and bound for Prudhoe Bay, according to Richard Tisch of Fairweather Exploration and Production Services of Anchorage.

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