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McDonnell, Va. economic development organizations recognized

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Southern Business & Development magazine has named Gov. Bob McDonnell and seven Virginia organizations to its annual “Top 10” lists that honor economic development efforts in the South.

McDonnell was listed on the magazine’s “Top Ten People Who Made a Difference in Economic Development.” The magazine noted that McDonnell had established a job creation officer and created an economic development and job creation commission after taking office last year.

Seven other data centers, economic development organizations and businesses in Virginia made other lists from the magazine.

Three organizations were named on the magazine’s list of “Ten Notable Economic Development Efforts,” including:
- The newly created Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, a two-year initiative to create a regional marketing approach in Southern Virginia.
- The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative in Rural Virginia formed to provide broadband to the state’s rural regions. The cooperative has built an 800-mile network of open-access, advanced fiber optic cable in the region.
- The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), which markets the region of 10 cities and five counties to attract new business to the area.
Three data centers made the magazine’s list of “Ten Best Data Center Sites in the South.” Those include:

          -Scott County Regional Business and Technology Park in Duffield, which includes two telecommunication broadband providers, a Tier III certified data center and fiber redundancy.
          -Quality Technology Service in Henrico County. QTS retrofit the former Qimonda semiconductor plant into a 1.3 million-square-foot data center.
          -GigaParks in Southern Virginia. The magazine staff said they couldn’t pick a specific data center in that region because there were so many. So the magazine highlighted the region’s 60 GigaParks, which feature low power and bandwidth costs and the 800-mile broadband network that connects all GigaParks.

The Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center in Emporia was named to the magazine’s “Best Automotive Assembly Plant Sites in the Southern Auto Corridor.” The 1,545-acre site is a regional effort that is located along Interstate 95, has access to CSX railroad, and is located within 90 minutes of the Port of Virginia.

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