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Once again, history will be made at Longwood.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has named Longwood to host the single vice‑presidential debate for the 2016 election. We will welcome the candidates to campus for the debate in Willett Hall on October 4, 2016 — with America and the world watching.

I believe that no campus in America could be more fitting for this remarkable and great responsibility in our democratic process. Having recently celebrated the 175th anniversary of our founding in 1839, we are among

Through the support of the Southside Virginia Education Center Board of Directors, Greensville County and the City of Emporia have initiated a partnership with Iowa-based nonprofit ACT to become one of the first Certified Work Force Ready Communities in Virginia. Through a region-specific version of the ACT Work Ready Communities program, the certification will help the community create the infrastructure and policies that support local workforce development and training systems for existing and future clients.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones attended the kickoff vowing support from the

Acquisition will enable growth in wireless infrastructure and services

South Boston, VA – June 24, 2015 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a leading non-profit wholesale network transport provider in Southern Virginia, today announced that it has successfully acquired the Tower Services Division of Gamewood Technology Group, Inc.  MBC will establish a new wholly owned subsidiary, MBC Towers, Inc.

As the use of mobile devices and demand for wireless broadband continue to grow, a key component of expanding broadband coverage in rural Virginia is access to more tower sites. While wireless technologies may change over time, the need for more towers and fiber to connect those towers will continue to expand as the

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 43 today, establishing the Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission to bring public and private sector experts together to make recommendations on how to make Virginia the national leader in unmanned systems.

"Capitalizing on Virginia’s advantagesin the unmanned systems industry is key to building a new Virginia economy," said Governor McAuliffe. "This executive order will lay the foundation for my administration's efforts to make this Commonwealth the world's leader in unmanned systems and seize the enormous economic opportunities that accompany growing this industry.

The Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission will be a key asset in charting the way forward to grow this industry and create new, good jobs and economic opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Source: JACOB GEIGER Richmond Times-Dispatch
Thursday, March 26, 2015

dominion aerialDominion Resources Inc. will announce today that it plans to build a 1,600-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Southside Virginia.

The plant — which would be the state’s largest fueled by natural gas — would be built on a 1,143-acre property that straddles the Greensville-Brunswick county line, with most of the land in Greensville.

It will draw fuel from a Transco pipeline that is being extended to the site, and it would eventually be supplied by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The plant, which would need to be approved by the State Corporation Commission, would open in 2019.
“We are very pleased to have been selected for the site of this project and welcome Dominion to our county,” said Peggy R. Wiley, chairwoman of the Greensville Board of Supervisors.

510nano Incorporated to invest $11 million to relocate headquarters and establish manufacturing operation

510nanoGREENSVILLE COUNTY, VA - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that 510nano Incorporated, a developer of renewable energy projects and technologies, will invest $11 million to relocate its headquarters and establish a manufacturing operation in Greensville County. The company will construct a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for the production of solar panels in Greensville County Industrial Park. The project will create 113 new jobs.

 Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Creating these 21st century jobs in the advanced manufacturing and renewable energy sectors is critical as we work to build a new Virginia economy. 510nano’s investment in Greensville County is a huge win for the Commonwealth and especially for a community that is transforming itself.”
“Greensville County is a great fit for 510nano’s headquarters and new manufacturing operation, offering a site that meets the company’s needs, a superior workforce, a manufacturing industry cluster and close proximity to a world class port,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We are confident that 510nano will continue to profitably pursue its strategic vision from its new Virginia location.”

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