For the Record -  Southern Virginia, October 2012

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Averett University announced plans for a $6.3 million expansion of athletic facilities at its North Campus. Plans call for installation of a turf field surface and eight-lane track, along with a 2,000-seat stadium. After completion of the project, the athletic program will add men’s and women’s track and women’s lacrosse. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region received accreditation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board. The Dan River foundation has assets of more than $23 million and awards $1 million in grants and scholarships. Foundations must meet 41 standards in legal and accounting practices for accreditation.  (Danville Register & Bee)

Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc., a producer of films and coatings for solar panel systems, will invest $5.4 million in an expansion of its Henry County facility. The move will create 60 jobs. Virginia competed with Arizona and North Carolina for the investment. (News release)

Danville Regional Airport received a $9.5 million grant from the FAA for safety improvements to the facility. The work will reduce the length and width of runways and taxiways. During the two-year project, the airport will be closed to most jet traffic. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville Regional Medical Center will place a CT scanner at the Pittsylvania County offices of Dr. Minesh Shah, Chatham Family Medical Center and Danville Dental Associates. The $1.5 million investment will create five to 10 jobs. (News & Advance)

New College Institute, in Martinsville, in conjunction with Virginia State University, will offer a program to prepare high school students for high-tech careers or jobs employing
advanced manufacturing technology.
(Martinsville Bulletin)

Illusionist Wayne Alan has reopened the historic North Theatre, a 65-year-old landmark in Danville. Alan purchased the building in January. In 2004, a group was formed to restore the building. After $2.5 million in renovations, the theater hosted a variety of performances for five years. But it later closed due to lack of revenue and was put up for sale for $395,000. (Danville Register & Bee)


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