Source: The Lynchburg News & Advance
Writer: Katrina Koerting

Susan Marston AdamsA Charlotte County administrator will serve as the new county administrator in Appomattox after a unanimous vote at a specially called Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Susan Marston Adams, 52, of Red House, was selected for the position Monday and once the negotiations were finalized, signed her contract in open session Tuesday.

“I’m very humbled,” Adams said, passing the contract back to Supervisor Chairman William Craft. “I’m just happy to be here.”

She said she is looking forward to serving the community, managing the county’s daily operations, overseeing its finances and working with the school and county boards and employees.

New Jobs and Investment in Greensville County The Greensville County Board of Supervisors welcomes CIMC Intermodal Equipment, an American division of the China International Marine Containers family, the largest builder of shipping containers and chassis in the world to the Greensville County Industrial Park. CIMC Intermodal Equipment, with corporate offices in California, will make significant investments to expand its chassis assembly production from South Gate, California to the Greensville County Industrial Park.

The new operations renovations are currently under way in the former Quality Culvert facility and will create an estimated 40 new jobs as the operation matures.

Grants encourage regional economic collaboration

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $200,000 in funding for five collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically-distressed areas to stimulate job creation, economic development and provide a significant return on state investment.

Williamsburg, VA – While speaking at the Virginia Chamber of Economic Summit on December 5th, Governor Terry McAuliffe released his New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan and a series of legislative proposals aimed at accomplishing the plan’s mission of growing and diversifying the Virginia economy.

“The legislative items that I am announcing today will help lay a stronger foundation for sustained economic growth so that we can adapt to cuts in federal spending and a changing global economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “ These bipartisan proposals are common sense actions we can take now to protect and enhance Virginia’s position as a global economic leader. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to take these important steps toward a new Virginia economy.”

Governor McAuliffe’s New Virginia Economy Agenda will include legislation to:

Funding to assist regional collaborative effort with small business development programs

CDBG Dec5December 5th, 2014 KEYSVILLE, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Local Innovation funding through Mecklenburg County for the Virginia’s Growth Alliance, which is a regional collaboration made up of 10 counties and one city in the Southern Virginia region. The grant will be used to develop several new programs for youth, new businesses and established businesses throughout the region to spur small business development and create jobs.

“Helping the Commonwealth’s existing and future business owners find ways to succeed is an important piece of building a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Programs like the Community Development Block Grant invest in the success of our communities and encourage business growth throughout Southern Virginia.”

This project will offer several different educational, mentoring and monetary programs including a pilot youth educational program involving both online and classroom education, a six-week “digital high touch” course for new entrepreneurs, a startup principles program for existing businesses, a microenterprise lending program funding business start-up or expansion, and a Peer2Peer XChange mentoring program to help develop network for new business owners. 
The Virginia Growth Alliance is comprised of Mecklenburg County, Amelia County, Brunswick County, Buckingham County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Greensville County, Lunenburg County, Nottoway County, Prince Edward County and the City of Emporia.

~Blue Ridge Railcar Repair to invest $2.41 million to expand operation~

Blue Ridge RailcarRICHMOND- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Blue Ridge Railcar Repair LLC (Blue Ridge), a subsidiary of Patriot Rail Company LLC, will invest $2.41 million to expand its operations in Charlotte County. Virginia successfully competed against Louisiana for the project, which will create 37 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Blue Ridge Railcar Repair was established in Charlotte County in December 2013, bringing an existing railcar repair facility back into operation and adding jobs and tax revenue to a community that has been hard hit by industry loss. Less than a year later, the company will expand to include railcar cleaning, blasting and painting capabilities to meet increased demand in the marketplace and grow its customer base, bringing an additional 37 new jobs that will pay above the county’s prevailing average wage. The new investment and job opportunities for Southern Virginia are exactly what we need to build a new Virginia Economy, and we look forward to Blue Ridge’s success in Charlotte County in the coming years.”

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