Lieutenant Governor Bolling Presents State Grant for Regional Collaboration

October 25, 2011

State Helps Launch Commonwealth TransTech Marketing Alliance

Virginia State SealSouth Hill – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today joined state and local officials to announce the creation of a regional economic development organization, Commonwealth TransTech Marketing Alliance, and present the Alliance with Building Collaborative Communities grants.

On behalf of Governor McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bolling presented a $168,000 grant to the Alliance, which is comprised of the Counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and the City of Emporia for the Building Community Collaborative program, which is a new initiative that was created through a recommendation from the Governor's Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation. This grant will cover the initial costs of establishing the organization and hiring an executive director. Also announced at the event was a $200,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission in support of the marketing activities of the Commonwealth TransTech Marketing Alliance.

Lieutenant Governor Bolling said, “I want to congratulate our local partners in Southern Virginia for banding together to create the Commonwealth TransTech Marketing Alliance and I am delighted that the Commonwealth has been able to play a role in making this announcement possible. We know from experience that economic development efforts are more successful when regions of the state work together instead of competing against each other. Today, I am pleased to present a grant check to the Commonwealth TransTech Marketing Alliance to support long-term economic development efforts in their region. These funds will provide critical support to programs that help create jobs, promote tourism and support critical educational projects in the region. I look forward to working with the Alliance to maximize these resources and bring more jobs to Southern Virginia.”

State Senator Frank Ruff said, “The Commonwealth TransTech Alliance is a regional effort that is needed in Southern Virginia. We believe that we can be far more effective by marketing our part of Virginia through regional economic development collaboration; we expect to create new opportunities and expand existing ones through this effort. Collectively we have many assets to market globally. We will focus on promoting the region and creating new jobs and opportunities.”

Angie Kellett, Economic Development Director for Mecklenburg County, said, “These grants are a big step forward for this Alliance. We want to create an active, multi-functional economic organization, which will aggressively support and market the seven-locality region.”

Building Collaborative Communities is a broad-based program that brings together resources from a number of state entities, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Department of Business Assistance, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Community College System, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission and other agencies as appropriate. The Commonwealth is providing $100,000 to support this program in FY2012, along with an additional $28,000 from the Virginia Community College System for proposals targeting workforce enhancements and $40,000 from the Department of Housing and Community Development for proposals supporting entrepreneurship development.

For more information on the Building Collaborative Communities, click here.

Contact:
Natalie B. Slate
Natalie B. Slate
Greensville County Deputy Administrator
1781 Greensville County Circle
Emporia, Virginia 23847
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