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August 20, 2015
ACT, Greensville County and the City of Emporia Announce Partnership Designed to Boost Workforce, Sustain Economic Growth
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 Commonwealth to the communities for their efforts. “The most important thing we can do for economic development is to invest in our talent and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st Century,” said Secretary Jones. “I want to commend Greensville/Emporia for prioritizing this, and I look forward to helping them market their achievements to businesses looking to locate or expand in Virginia.”
“Having a skilled and trained workforce is vital to attract business and industry to our area,” Margaret Lee, member of the County Board of Supervisors said. “The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is a logical partner with the SVEC Board and Southside Virginia Community College to certify the workforce and bring economic opportunities to the region.” This prosperous region boats development of Virginia’s next major employment center, the Mid Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center, also known as MAMaC.
At the core of the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®). This nationally recognized and portable credential is based on three essential workplace skill categories: applied math, reading for information, and locating information. Since January 2006, more than 2.75 million Americans have earned an ACT NCRC. Southside Virginia Community College just awarded its 20,000th creditial.
There are three categories of employees on which the certification focuses. Emerging employees are high school and college or technical training graduates that are entering the workforce for the first time. Transitioning workforce are unemployed, underemployed and recent active duty military that are seeking employment. Current employees are already holding a position in the community.
Taking the first step in obtaining the certification, in Spring 2015, through partnership with Southside Virginia Community College, Greensville County schools assessed a total of 257 Juniors and Seniors. The pass rate was an astounding 89% (228) of students who earned a NCRC. The percent breakdown of NCRCs earned were approximately 29% (66) Bronze, 59% (136) Silver, 11% (24) Gold and 1% (2) Platinum. The credential earned will compliment a college application as well as job resume.
The ACT NCRC not only assists individuals, it also helps assure employers that the people they hire and promote have the skills necessary to succeed. Counties that have sustainable, ongoing certification efforts are attractive to employers in terms of economic development. Once obtained the County and City will market the certification to attract and retain jobs through new business investment and expansion.
The Commonwealth Administration as well as the Virginia Community College has vowed their support of the ACT Work Ready Community Certification program. Southside Virginia Community College is a vital partner as well. However, it is the local citizens that will determine the success of this program. The participation of the chamber of commerce, local businesses and industries, employees, students, and unemployed residents working toward community certification is what will help attract new jobs and investment to the community as well as continue the success of existing businesses and industry.
So how can the community help in our next steps to certification? There are three plans of action that will take place over the next 24 months.
The NCRC will continue to be administered to Juniors and Seniors at the Greensville County High School giving the students a chance to earn a credential that will complement their diploma and resume. Citizens can help educate parents and students on the importance of completing the test and earning a credential.
Local Business and industry should register their support of the NCRC on the ACT website. This will be a simple process for employers. Economic Developers from the City and County will meet with local managers and owners to explain the program and garner support from as many employers as possible. If you are interested in showing your business’s support please contact Natalie Slate at the County or Jan Harrell at the City office.
Continued education of the public regarding the importance of the NCRC and how it can help the unemployed become employed will be vital to obtaining the certification. Working with the Workforce Investment board and Social Services representatives will reach out to those individuals trying to find employment and use the NCRC to booster those efforts. Business and Industry can help this effort by recognizing the importance of the NCRC and giving preference to applicants that have obtained the credential benefiting both the new hire and the company.
If you are an individual interested in receiving a NCRC or you are a business manager and wish to test your employees please contact Debra Smiley with Southside Virginia Community College. She will be happy to help you through the process.
“The nationwide momentum we’ve already established for the ACT Work Ready Community initiative will be strengthened by this partnership,” said Debra Lyons, ACT vice president for community and economic development. “We share the same purpose—supporting job creation and economic development—so this is a logical fit. We were pleased to welcome the Greensville County and the City of Emporia to our program.”Read more.
March 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne Clark
Phone: (804) 545-5806
Contact: Robin Parker
Phone: (877) 510-NANO(6266) x1
Governor McAuliffe Announces 113 New Jobs in Greensville County
~ 510nano Incorporated to invest $11 million to relocate headquarters and establish manufacturing operation ~
RICHMOND - 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, “Environmental and economic sustainability are top priorities in the new Virginia economy we are building, and gaining 510nano’s headquarters and new solar panel manufacturing operation in Greensville County is a huge win for the Commonwealth and an economically distressed community. The advanced manufacturing and alternative energy industries provide jobs of the 21st century, and this tremendous project fits into my administration’s platform to create more opportunities in both sectors. We celebrate this great investment and addition of 113 new jobs, and welcome 510nano to Greensville County and Virginia.”
“510nano is a unique, innovative company that develops green technology solutions that are critical to the future of energy in Virginia,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Greensville County is a great fit for the company’s headquarters and new manufacturing operation, offering a site that meets the company’s needs and a robust workforce and manufacturing industry cluster. We are confident that 510nano will continue to grow its strategic vision from its new Virginia location.”
510nano Incorporated is a cleantech innovator specializing in the development and operation of commercial- and utility-scale renewable energy power plants (REPPs), along with the design of associated modules, panels, and other hardware. Since its founding in 2005, 510nano has developed more than 30 clean technologies in various stages of commercialization. In 2008 the company began generating steady development, consulting, and management fees as a turnkey power plant developer. In 2012 510nano began deploying its own capital, starting with two rooftop systems on a long-term revenue contract with the Town of Los Gatos, California, and culminating in 2014 with the delivery of 510 REPP One LLC, a commercial-scale plant in Garysburg, North Carolina. The company has deployed third-party off-the-shelf technology at three solar farms producing over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power in an average year.
“Solar VIA is a technology that we’ve designed to lower the cost of solar generation to less than 6 cents per kilowatt-hour without subsidy,” said Dr. Reginald Parker, President & CEO of 510nano Inc. “The manufacturing home for the technology needs to be strategic and meaningful. With great access to I-95, Hampton Roads and rail, we see Greensville County, Virginia as an ideal home for the manufacturing site for Solar VIA, the headquarters for our solar energy business, and our energy research and technology center. Additionally, we felt that Greensville offered an attractive labor force, strategic nearby partners, and a great name for a green innovation company. This big step is more than a great opportunity. It is a renewable energy achievement for Virginia and the nation at large.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Greensville County and Virginia’s Growth Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Greensville with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $635,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The company may also be eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
"The Greensville County Board of Supervisors is thrilled 510nano Incorporated has chosen to locate in our community," stated Peggy Wiley, Chairman of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors. "During the past several years when the economy was not at its best, the County put an emphasis on investing in our economic development resources, such as the development of land and utilities and educational opportunities for our workforce. These assets are vital to bringing new companies like 510nano to the area. The County also participates in marketing on a regional level through a membership in the Virginia Growth Alliance. 510nano is the second announcement Greensville County has made in 2015 and we look forward to more in the near future."
“I am pleased that 510nano chose to invest in Greenville County,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore, Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “These are the R&D jobs that the Tobacco Commission looks for, which it turn helps to diversify our economy.”
“Economic development remains a top priority in the Commonwealth, and I am thrilled that 510nano Incorporated will bring new jobs and investment to Greensville County,” said Senator L. Louise Lucas.
“Jobs and economic development remain a priority for my 75th District and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Delegate Roslyn Tyler. “I am pleased that 510nano Incorporated has selected Greensville County as their headquarters and will create 113 new jobs that are needed in Southside Virginia, and it will also be an excellent economic boost to our county.”Read more.
February 3, 2015
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February 4, 2014
The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fourth grant to the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMaC) in excess of $4.4 million. The award, serving as a match to $3.3 million grant award from the Virginia Department of Transportation, completes funding for the expansion of Otterdam Road to serve the site from I-95. Greensville County, Mecklenburg County and the City of Emporia are partners in the Regional Industrial Facilities Authority created to support the site’s growth. The localities submitted a joint application to the Tobacco Commission for this funding opportunity.Read more.
June 24, 2013
Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded Greensville County a $3.3 million grant for the expansion of Otterdam Road to serve the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center through the Revenue Sharing Program.Read more.