For the Record - Southern Virginia, January 2013

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CBN Secure Technologies Inc. hopes to complete its expansion in Danville by the end of March 2013 and hire more employees by the latter part of 2013, according to Mark Houlton, the company’s vice president of business development. The 17,000-square-foot expansion would add 25 jobs to its local facility, which currently has 40 employees. CBN is based in Ottawa, Canada, and makes driver’s licenses and other types of identification cards. (

The City of Danville ranked fourth in its population category in a survey of the top U.S. cities in the use of technology in municipal government. The survey by the Center for Digital Government focused on the efforts of cities to save money and to meet higher demand for services. The center is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.
(News release) 

The Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce does not want Virginia’s 30-year-old moratorium on uranium mining to be lifted, saying “there are still too many questions and uncertainties that could have negative irreversible consequences on our region.”  The chamber’s position was announced the same day that the state’s Uranium Working Group presented its report about possible industry regulations to the members of the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Coal and Energy Commission meeting in Chatham.  The working group made no recommendations on the moratorium. Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine and mill a 119 million-pound deposit in the Pittsylvania’s Coles Hill community.
(Danville Register & Bee)

MedExpress opened in Danville. MedExpress was founded in 2001 in Morgantown, W.Va., by four emergency room doctors who saw a need for a more streamlined urgent-care facility. Ten years later, MedExpress has 90 centers. Danville is its 11th facility in Virginia. ( 

New College Institute in Martinsville broke ground in November on a three-story, 50,000-square-foot building. It will house new programs in advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurism and health care as well as contain administrative offices and public meeting space. Construction is expected to begin in March. (

Patrick Henry Community College was selected as one of four community colleges nationwide to participate in the new Catalyst Fund grant program and will receive a $215,000 grant. The college will use the funds to implement cooperative learning strategies in the online environment, as well as training faculty at other community colleges across the country. (

Vintages by the Dan, a wine and beer retailer, opened in Danville at 312 Main St. The shop also carries wine glasses and accessories, candles, cooking utensils and gift items. Owner Robin Jones plans to expand the store to carry antiques, art and locally made items. She also anticipates hosting wine and craft beer tastings in the future. (

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