WoodLINKS Students Heading to National Competition in Las Vegas

Two students in Halifax County High School’s WoodLINKS, USA dual enrollment program are headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) Fresh Wood Student Competition. Recent high school graduates John Barry and McKenzie Stevens will be representing the WoodLINKS program as they compete against high school students from across the United States.

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Local Company Featured in Wall Street Journal Video

Flag Business Flying High

Annin & Co. is the largest flag manufacturer in the U.S., and IDA Board Member Bill Kellehar is the Plant Manager at the company's Virginia factory here in South Boston.  WSJ's Shawn Bender reports on how the flags are made at the South Boston factory, and how the business is holding up in the recession.

Ariel Atom in June "Car and Driver"

Ariel Atom 3 - Specialty File

Small tweaks and a berserk Honda powertrain make the near-perfect Atom lighter, faster, and better.

Car and Driver, June 2009

Those who weren’t among the half-dozen anxious souls who had an Atom on order as its former U.S. builder, Brammo Motorsports, closed its doors are excused for missing the track toy’s one-year hiatus. The builder’s baton has since been passed to TMI AutoTech, a recently formed U.S. subsidiary of Canadian firm Trak Motorsports, which ran the Ariel Atom Experience [Upfront, October 2007] and, in March 2008, set up operations in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse on the grounds of Virginia International Raceway. The first Atom emerged in January from TMI’s facility, where the steel-tube frame is bent and welded and the car is painstakingly hand-built by the company’s five employees. TMI plans to produce 50 cars this year and with additional staff, 100 the next.

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IDA Places Billboard at South Boston Speedway

IDA banner at South Boston SpeedwayLive Work Play…Imagine Your Tomorrow in Halifax County, Virginia. This is one of the newest banners posted at South Boston Speedway that can be seen by race fans.

The IDA wants to capitalize on the racing audience by promoting Halifax County and supporting America’s Hometown Track. “The banners promote the newly redesigned IDA website” stated Nancy Smith, Marketing and Research Director for the IDA. “We are excited to team up with Halifax County Tourism and South Boston Speedway to promote Halifax County,” she continued.

The IDA along with Tourism and South Boston Speedway are sponsoring a race in August. The race is slated for Saturday, August 1st and is called “Imagine Halifax 150 Late Model/Limited/Pure Stock/Legendary Flatheads.”

DCC’s Rapid Prototyping Gives Local Entrepreneur a National Boost

Danville, VA -- What started as a passing observation while watching a TV show is turning into major entrepreneurial success for one Halifax businessman.  It was three years ago when Paul Davis was watching a home show on the HGTV network.  Although each of the show’s featured homes was quite beautiful, they all had one major detractor in the kitchen.

“A horribly messy refrigerator,” the owner of South Boston’s Sears store recalls.  “Papers, pictures, magnets, you name it – they were all covered with it.”

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TOURISM WORKS for Your Halifax County Business

Virginia is For LoversMeet with Virginia Tourism at the Prizery on August 19, 2009

Small businesses represent 95% of Virginia’s tourism industry, including retail, dining, lodging, attractions and events. Virginia Tourism and the Halifax County Tourism Department is committed to driving traffic to your tourism business! Want to pitch your story to our PR staff? Interested in what tourism grant funding is available? Make sure you are listed on Virginia.org, the Commonwealth’s official travel and tourism website and gohalifaxva.com the local travel website. Come by during a lunch break and meet one-on-one with VTC’s marketing and development staff to target and reach travelers, the media and to increase your tourism visitation.

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County Officials Meet With Senator Mark Warner

Halifax County VA officials meet with Senator Mark Warner Senator Mark Warner met with Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Executive Director Mike Sexton, County Administrator George Nester, IDA Chairman John Cannon, and Capital Results Partner Rob Shinn on June 4th along with Congressman Periello’s staff member Beth Elliott to discuss projects in Halifax County.  Senator Warner agreed to work together to support the county’s request for federal stimulus and earmark funds.  In addition economic development projects were discussed and plans were made to continually involve the Senator with these projects to ensure he is able to assist in any way possible.  Members of the group will maintain contact with the Senator’s staff to keep him up to date on projects or activities.


photo left - Mike Sexton, IDA Executive Director; John Cannon, Chairman of IDA; Senator Warner; George Nester, County Administrator of Halifax; Rob Shinn, Partner at Capital Results.








VEDP Director of Communications & Promotions Visits Halifax

Mike Sexton and Rick Richardson, VEDP Director of Communications & PromotionsRick Richardson, Director of Communications & Promotions at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) visited the Halifax County IDA on Thursday, May 28th.  Mike Sexton, Executive Director for the IDA took Rick on a tour of the hidden treasures in Halifax County.  Places visited included The Prizery, The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Berry Hill and the STEM Center.  Rick quoted Halifax County as "surprisingly sophisticated" and is looking forward to a return trip.

Supporting Business Development and International Trade, VEDP's Communications & Promotions division plans, executes and manages the Partnership's overall marketing outreach initiatives. VEDP uses a comprehensive and aggressive marketing strategy to communicate that Virginia is the best state for business around the world.  What does this mean for Halifax County?  It means showcasing our existing businesses in various state marketing pieces, features in VEDP's newsletter on Halifax County business expansions and new business developments, and partnering with VEDP on various industry trade show missions.  The Communications and Promotions Department is a marketing arm that continues to be an important ally for Halifax County.