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American Municipal Power, a Columbus, Ohio-based electric power cooperative, received a $29 million Clean Renewable Energy Bond from the Federal government for construction of a solar-powered energy plant in the Danville area. The 6-megawatt, photovoltaic plant will be built in partnership with Danville Utilities. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Berry Hill Road Industrial Park planned in Pittsylvania County received a $6.2 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. The grant will pay for the first three years of debt service on a $10 million to $13 million revenue bond. The officials hope that the 3,700-acre facility, a joint project of Pittsylvania County and Danville, will attract a major employer providing thousands of jobs to the area. (Danville Register & Bee)

Blue Ridge Fiberboard Inc., a subsidiary of W.R. Meadows Inc. of Elgin, Ill., will produce fiberboard products at the former Knight-Celotex plant in Danville. Plans call for hiring 88 employees. Of the four facilities Knight-Celotex operated when it was bought by Meadows, only the Danville plant is being reopened. The Virginia Tobacco Commission provided a $300,000 grant to help reopen the plant. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville’s Office of Economic Development received an “Award of Excellence for High Technology” from Expansion Solutions magazine. The publication cited the city’s fiber-optic infrastructure, technology enhancement grants and its ability to attract high-tech companies to the city. (Danville Register & Bee)

Land Planning & Design Associates, a Charlottesville planning and consulting firm released a master plan for revitalizing uptown Martinsville. Among its proposals, the plan allows for development of the New College Institute into a university setting, use of green space, rerouting of traffic and renovation and repurposing of the Courthouse Square area and the former Henry Hotel. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

American Municipal Power and its local government partners, including Martinsville, announced it would abandon a project to build a coal-fired electric power plant in Meigs County, Ohio. Escalating costs of the project were cited for the decision. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Results of Stuart, a call center operation which moved to Patrick County in 2006, will expand its operations and create 135 jobs. The company, which also runs a call center in Galax, will expand into 6,000 more square feet of the shell building its occupies in Stuart’s Rich Creek Corporate Park. Once the expansion is complete, the company will fully occupy its current location. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Shorewood Packaging Corp., a manufacturer of packaging boxes and paper products, will lay off 33 workers from its Danville facility, leaving 138 workers. Shrinking demand from customers was cited for the move. (Danville Register & Bee)

Tol-Tol Communications sold Danville radio station WILA to Lakes Media LLC, a radio group which owns several stations in Southern Virginia. The AM broadcast station will be reengineered for AM-FM service. The station was a staple of news and entertainment for Danville’s African-American community for decades. (Danville Register & Bee)

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