Southside Virginia Community College was chosen as one of 10 community or technical colleges across the country to receive funding from the Lowe's Foundation Gable Grants program. 

The Lowe's Foundation announced that nearly $8 million in grants will go toward supporting skilled trades nationwide. The grants are the first in a five-year, $50 million commitment to help prepare 50,000 people for skilled trades careers. This investment will fund cutting-edge programs in appliance repair, carpentry, construction, electrical, HVAC and plumbing.

photo of HEYCO Werk USA building in Greensville County VA

HEYCO Werk USA to expand its operation in Greensville County, creating 21 new jobs

RICHMOND, VA - Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that HEYCO Werk USA Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based HEYCO Group and manufacturer of automotive parts, will invest $5.4 million to expand its operation in Greensville County. This location supplies precision plastic molded parts for the automotive industry as well as various industrial markets. HEYCO Werk USA is servicing automotive products for all BMW SUV models worldwide and will expand production to meet the growing needs of BMW plants in South Carolina, China, and South Africa. The project will create 21 new jobs. 

"A diverse, steadily growing ecosystem of automotive manufacturers, innovators, and customers is thriving in the Commonwealth, and HEYCO Werk USA benefits from strategic access to our specialized supply chains and strong manufacturing base," said Governor Glenn Youngkin. "The Virginia operation has expanded HEYCO's production footprint to serve BMW plants worldwide, and we are thrilled the company will create more high-quality manufacturing jobs for the hardworking citizens of Greensville County."

artist rendering of Hotel Elle

'It's a whole different business sector that we had not even envisioned or imagined before'

A groundbreaking took place Thursday for a new boutique hotel in Brunswick County that officials said will benefit small businesses and bring jobs to the area.

It has been decades since the county along Virginia’s southern border with a population just shy of 16,000 has seen a project like this.

“There really are no words to describe the excitement, and the enthusiasm and the energy behind today's event,” Alfreda Jarrett Reynolds, the director of Brunswick County's Economic Development Office, said.

Reynolds is hopeful that Hotel Elle, which is slated to spur nearly 170 jobs for the area, will be a “catalyst to revitalize our economic development engine.”

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that the Town of Chase City in VGA will be awarded $232,002 from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) for the Chase City Colgate Square. The VBAF provides either grants or loans to local governments to restore and redevelop brownfield sites and address environmental problems or obstacles to their reuse in an effort to effectively attract new economic development prospects. Administered by the Virginia Resources Authority, the VBAF is a partnership between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Department of Environmental Quality.

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $24.7 million in 20 Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants. IRF grants provide gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities.

“The transformation of older, vacant or blighted structures into productive, usable spaces is crucial to catalyzing economic growth to create thriving communities,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “The Industrial Revitalization Fund continues to be an important resource for those redevelopment efforts, spurring regional partnerships, economic development and job growth across the Commonwealth.”

aerial photo of Clarksville, Virginia, on Buggs Island Lake

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that FyberX Holdings ("FyberX"), a developer of technology to process raw agricultural biomass into refined natural fibers, will invest $17.5 million to establish its U.S. headquarters and production operation in the former Kinderton Distribution Center building in Mecklenburg County. The new facility will process hemp and other agricultural products, producing fibers to supply the textile industry, and will create 45 new jobs.

"This industry is an emerging market in the United States, and I welcome the opening of the headquarters of FyberX which will unlock its growth potential in the Commonwealth," said Governor Glenn Youngkin. "This industry provides a sustainable alternative for industrial and consumer products that will also bring economic benefits to Virginia communities and farmers, and we look forward to a successful partnership with FyberX.

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