South Boston's Italian Delight Family Restaurant has won the US Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award®! Winners of the award represent the 100 best in American business.
“The Blue Ribbon Award winners show that, even facing uncertainty and economic challenges, small businesses can grow and succeed,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “They are America’s economic engine, driving growth and job creation all across this country.”
All Blue Ribbon recipients will be recognized during America's Small Business Summit, where an overall winner will be announced and will receive one complimentary registration to attend the summit, courtesy of Sam's Club®.
Last year at America’s Small Business Summit 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Italian Delight with the Community Excellence Award, recognizing the success it has achieved in the eyes of its employees, customers and community.
The Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County is pleased to announce that, with the assistance of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, we are about to begin Phase 2 of the renovations to Green View Advanced Manufacturing & Training Center.
The IDA continues its efforts to renovate the site, building exterior and potions of the building interior at Green View. It is anticipated that this will take up to five years and cost $4.5M. The IDA has received a grant from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and Halifax County, Virginia for the continued improvements of Green View. The property is located on Green's Folly Road in Halifax County. It contains 33.87 acres, and an existing abandoned 400,000SF manufacturing plant with outbuildings, formerly known as Daystrom.
The deadline to respond to the RFP is February 21, 2013.
They say to make an omelet; you have to break a few eggs. Well, here at the Halifax Industrial Development Authority, for the past several months we've been doing just that – along with everything else in the kitchen - including the sink.
There are more exciting things on the horizon, so we hope you will continue to read our newsletter and stay tuned. From all of us at the Halifax IDA, we hope your 2013 is off to as an exciting and productive start as ours.
The jobs outlook in Halifax County remained the same in November as it was in October, holding its own at 8.7 percent, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Tuesday.
Some 14,923 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,338. The VEC said 1,415 county residents were looking for jobs during that month.
Halifax County's jobless rate in November a year ago stood at 9.6 percent, according to VEC archive data.
A lifelike animated video that seeks to answer an age-old mystery that's baffled scientists for more than 2,000 years has landed a Southside energy center director in an elite group of finalists.
The question, which by itself may seem simple, asks how does hot water freeze faster than cold water? However, proving the phenomenon is something that's awed chemistry lovers for centuries.
Doug Corrigan, executive director of the Riverstone Energy Center in Halifax County, has been selected as a top 11 finalist in The Royal Society of Chemistry/Hermes 2012 Mpemba effect competition, according to a news release from the energy center.
Corrigan earned ranks on the short list "because of his engaging cartoon and compelling explanation," according to the society's website.
About 22,000 entries were submitted from more than 120 countries.
"I entered the competition because I have always been excited about answering scientific questions for which there seems to be no solution," Corrigan said on the website.
The Mpemba effect is named after Erasto Mpemba, a Tanzanian student who made the claim that warmer water freezes faster than colder water, but to this day scientists are still baffled as to how this happens, according to the release.
D. H. Griffin, who now owns the Burlington property on Cowford Road in Halifax, has begun demolition of the former textile plant.
Demolition is expected to be complete by the spring.
The Town of Halifax anticipates partnering with the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority to market the property to potential businesses once demolition is complete. The ultimate goal is to salvage and recycle material from demolition and make the property available to potential buyers who may bring new business and jobs to the area.
The Pacific Mills Co. constructed the building in 1946, and Burlington Industries acquired the building in 1955 when it bought out the company. The Halifax plant was part of the Worsted Fabric Division of Burlington Industries, which included five other plants.
The Virginia Manufacturers Association and ECPI University unveiled the new Manufacturing Skills Institute Friday afternoon at the SVHEC-Innovation Center, located at 820 Bruce St. in South Boston.
The Manufacturing Skills Institute is a flexible education and workforce training system that aligns regional employer needs, industry-recognized credentials and economic development objectives.
The institute will provide education and training programs for both existing and emerging technology skills within the Mid-Atlantic with the goal of making Southern Virginia an internationally-recognized hub for advanced manufacturing training and education.
Additionally, ECPI is offering select advanced manufacturing skills certificates that translate into advanced standing college credits.
"The system will be phased-in and will include a portfolio of world-class education and skills training that leads to competency-based, industry recognized and stackable credentials," said Brett Vassey, Virginia Manufacturers Association president and CEO.
He described the partnership as an "industry-based, outcome-based program that leads to jobs."
The Manufacturing Skills Institute will provide relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing by offering targeted training programs delivered by Manufacturing Skills Institute and partner institutions.
South Boston has been chosen as the home of the new Manufacturing Skills Institute, a public-private partnership to develop skilled workers for advanced manufacturing companies that operate in the region and across Virginia.
The new MSI, a collaboration between the Virginia Manufacturers Association and ECPI University, will be housed at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, where government, education and business leaders gathered for Friday's announcement.
"This is unique and a gem,"said Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, who said the new center will provide education and training which in turn will spur the creation of manufacturing jobs throughout the region.
The Manufacturing Skills Institute will operate in partnership with the SVHEC, the Modeling & Simulation Center of Excellence at Riverstone Energy Center, the National Center for Coatings Application, Research, and Education (C-CARE) and the National Technology Transfer at the Research & Development Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE), located at the SVHEC Innovation Center.