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2018-7-10

Crater Planning District Commission Awarded EDA Grant

Funding will allow economic development initiatives

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced that the Crater Planning District Commission will receive a $70,000 economic development grant award to be matched with $30,000 in Commission funds, to enable the Commission to continue important economic development initiatives in the region.

The Planning District was originally designated an Economic Development District in 1985.  It’s current 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identifies five focus areas that will strengthen the District’s economic base:  Technology Expansion, Workforce Development, Small Business Growth, Infrastructure Improvements and GO Virginia projects.

Commission efforts are focused on major initiatives that have come out of the CEDS planning process.

  • Logistics– Through the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS), there is a collaboration among Fort Lee (Logistics Capital of the Army), five Virginia universities, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Port of Virginia and logistics companies, focused upon capitalizing on the region’s excellent location, transportation network, proximity to the Port of Virginia, logistics expertise in the universities and talent at Fort Lee to position this region for growth in logistics.
  • Advanced Manufacturing/Workforce Development– The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) has a workforce development component that will grow to be the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy to prepare workers for jobs in 21st century advanced manufacturing companies.  Currently CCAM is training soldiers exiting the military for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing.  CCAM is an applied research center that provides production-ready advance manufacturing solutions to member companies across the globe.
  • Tourism– The PDC continues to administer Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART), as well as support other jurisdictions pursuing initiatives to grow tourism.  According to the latest U. S. Travel Association (USTA) tourism survey results, visitor expenditures in the Crater District totaled $430 million and $364 million in the PART region. Local governments in the Planning District received $34+ million in local tax revenues from tourism and 4,300 jobs in the region are associated with tourism.  Thus, tourism spending in the region is a growing important contributor to the region’
  • Infrastructure Improvements– EDA recently announced the selection of a $3.15 million funding package to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) to support the construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy (AMAA) on CCAM’s campus.  The AMAA will be a “game-changer” for the Crater region, as well as the Commonwealth, as it will deliver qualified workers with industry-directed skills and credentials for advanced manufacturing high-demand jobs in machining, welding and mechatronics.  The AMAA will also provide for the upskilling of incumbent workers who are seeking career advancement.

For additional information, visit www.craterpdc.orgor call (804) 861-1666.

Nourish Your Brain

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why?  Perhaps you’ve misplaced your glasses just to find them on your head a little later. As we age we must make a concerted effort to provide our brain plenty of nourishment from healthful foods and mentally stimulating activities to prevent or at least slow the progression of more serious brain conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about antioxidant-rich foods and physical/mental activities that can contribute to brain health then you should attend July’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center.

This FREE program will be on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

Amy Moore Hawkins, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Virginia Cooperative Extension for Mecklenburg County, will be the speaker for the program.  Amy has been with the Virginia cooperative Extension for 14 years. Her job responsibilities include education the public on nutrition, health and wellness, particularly chronic disease prevention and maintenance.  She also focuses on local foods and their connection to health and wellness.  Since coming to Mecklenburg County, she has implemented the Balanced Living with Diabetes program, Mast Food Volunteer training, multiple nutrition and wellness workshops, food safety and food preservation workshops as well as school garden projects.  

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARREST ALMOST A DUI AN HOUR DURING JULY 4 HOLIDAY PERIOD

RICHMOND – Fourth of July 2018 marked a busy holiday for Virginia State Police when it came to arresting impaired drivers and citing speeding motorists. In addition, a total of three fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Augusta, Culpeper and Northampton during the two-day, holiday, statistical counting period.

Once again this year, Virginia State Police participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), which is a traffic safety initiative that began 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018  and concluded Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at midnight. The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like the Fourth of July.

The 2018 Fourth of July Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers stopping and arresting a total of 42 drunk drivers during the 48-hour statistical counting period. Troopers also stopped and issued summonses to 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers. Troopers cited 429 safety belt violations and 114 child restraint violations.

“Every impaired driver who makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle puts countless other lives at risk of injury or death,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We need every Virginian to make the smart, safe and sober decision to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Changing drivers’ dangerous behaviors saves lives.  During these summer months, we ask that all drivers and passengers adopt safe habits like always buckling up, putting down the phone and, of course, never driving impaired. Those are the first steps toward achieving our goal of zero fatalities. We can get there, but we need everyone’s help to make it a reality.” 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that was one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

July 4 Holiday

Traffic Fatalities

# of Days

2017

9

4

2016

5

4

2015

4

3

2014

11

3

2013

7

4

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