For the Record: Southern Virginia, July 2010

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Since 2004, Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. has helped create 2,682 jobs with a total investment of $206.1 million, according to Mark Heath, the organization’s president and chief executive officer. This budget year, the EDC received $475,000 from Henry County, $380,000 from Martinsville, $950,000 from The Harvest Foundation and $25,000 from C-PEG, the Chamber’s Partner for Economic Growth. Heath was responding to questions about the EDC’s performance from the Henry County Board of Supervisors. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Despite efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to sell Danville’s downtown post office building, there have been no buyers. The building remains the home of the postal branch and the federal courtrooms, according to Jerry Fischer, Danville’s director of community development. (Danville Register & Bee) 

A staff report by the Virginia Division of Certificate of Public Need recommended that an outpatient surgery center in Danville proposed by Centra Health be denied. The report said that existing operating rooms at Danville Regional Medical Center are capable of meeting existing public need; in fact it counted 11 surplus operating rooms in the planning district. The report also noted that the proposed surgery center had generated “considerable opposition”  in the community. (Danville Register & Bee)  

The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved funding a socioeconomic study of uranium mining in Southern Virginia. The study, which has a $200,000 ceiling, comes as Virginia Beach and the Danville Regional Foundation are undertaking their own examinations of the possibility of mining ore at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County. (Danville Register & Bee)

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