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2019-8-26

Governor Northam Announces More Than $13.4 Million in Community Development Block Grants

Fourteen localities receive funding for housing and community revitalization efforts

GREENSVILLE—Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $13.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Accomack, Alleghany, Grayson, Greensville, James City, Lee, Mecklenburg, Russell, and Wise, and the towns of Appomattox, Chase City, La Crosse, Parksley, and South Boston. Governor Northam made the announcement at an event in Greensville, where he presented local officials with a check for one of the fourteen awarded projects.

“The Community Development Block Grant program continues to be a vital resource for funding projects that help build strong regional economies throughout Virginia and address the most pressing needs in our communities,” said Governor Northam. “The localities receiving these grant awards are making important investments in infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, and downtown revitalization that will enable them to deliver essential services to their citizens and attract new residents, businesses, and visitors.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $18.1 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of dilapidated structures and blighted conditions.

“These grants fund 14 different projects targeted to improve quality of life,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “CDBG is a flexible tool we utilize to help address blight, improve housing, provide facilities for a variety of needed services, and increase access to water and sewer in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

2019 CDBG Competitive Grant Awards:

 

Locality

 

 

Project Name

 

 

Award

 

Accomack County

Gospel Temple/Adams Crossing CDBG Project

$700,000

Alleghany County

Wrightsville Community Revitalization Project

$1,400,000

Town of Appomattox

Appomattox Downtown Revitalization

$700,000

Town of Chase City

Endly Street Phase II

$1,374,406

Grayson County

Eagle Bottom Housing Phase II

$523,200

Greensville County

Washington Park Phase VI

$1,353,241

James City County

James City County Scattered Site Rehab

$1,000,000

Town of La Crosse

Pine Street Neighborhood Improvement Phase I

$1,397,044

Lee County

St. Charles Water Line Replacement Phase III

$1,000,000

Mecklenburg County

Quail Hollow Road Housing Rehab Project

$1,000,000

Town of Parksley

Parksley Downtown Revitalization

$700,000

Russell County

Belfast Waterline Extension Project Phase II Letter of Intent

$630,000

Town of South Boston

Poplar Creek Homes Letter of Intent

$700,000

Wise County

Banner Sewer Project

$954,000

TOTAL:

$13,431,891

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE CAPTAIN PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE STAFF

RICHMOND – Effective Aug. 10, 2019, Virginia State Police Captain Tricia W. Powers joins the Department’s Executive Staff as a Deputy Director of the Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS). State police Superintendent, Colonel Gary T. Settle, promoted Powers to the rank of major following the retirement of BASS Deputy Director, Major Lehew W. Miller III.

Powers has been serving as the commander of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division since her promotion to captain in 2016. Since transferring to CJIS as a lieutenant in 2013, Powers has provided leadership to the division’s 250 sworn and civilian personnel, and overseen the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), Sex Offender Registry, Firearms Transaction Center, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), and the Uniform Crime Reporting/Incident Based Reporting program. She represented the Department as a gubernatorial appointee to the SEARCH Consortium and as the FBI CJIS Systems Officer.

Powers graduated the Virginia State Police Academy in 1994 with the 90th Basic Session. Her first patrol assignment as a new trooper was in the Culpeper Division’s Area 13 Office in Winchester. In 1997, she was promoted to special agent and advanced to the rank of first sergeant working in general investigations and drug enforcement in the Culpeper and Chesapeake Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Field Offices. She returned to uniform as a first sergeant in 2010 as the commander of the Chesapeake Division’s Area 32 office in Norfolk/Virginia Beach. In 2012, Powers was promoted to lieutenant in the Richmond Division.  A native of Luray, Va., Powers is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bridgewater College and a master of criminal justice degree from Troy State University.

Miller was appointed to the BASS Deputy Director position in September 2016. Previously he had served three years as the division commander of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Division. Prior to his promotion to captain of the ICT Division, Miller served nine years in the capacities of lieutenant and first sergeant in the BCI Criminal Intelligence Division. He joined State Police as a dispatcher in 1992 and was assigned to the State Police Culpeper Division. He graduated from the State Police Academy in May 1994 with his first patrol assignment in Caroline County. Three years later, Miller was promoted to special agent in the Drug Enforcement Section of the Richmond BCI Field Office. A graduate of Emory and Henry College with a bachelor’s degree in history and geography, he has received numerous service awards during his tenure with the Department and has served on numerous state and national boards and subcommittees related to public safety telecommunications and homeland security. He is also a 2007 graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College.

The Bureau of Administrative and Support Services consists of the Information and Communication Technologies, Criminal Justice Information Services, Human Resources, Property and Finance, and Training divisions. Employees within this Bureau provide the Virginia State Police, as well as local and other state law enforcement, with support and essential services through their expertise and technical and professional backgrounds. BASS includes the largest number of civilian personnel within the Department.

SVCC Graduates 11th Power Line Worker Class

The 11th class of Power Line Workers from Southside Virginia Community College graduated on August 15, 2019 from the 11-week program.  They are

(Front L-R,) Brad Smithson of Hopewell, Kieran Broyan of Fredericksburg, Brett Dickerson of Llindeen, Dylan Miller of Lexington, Jonathan Stanley of Abingdon, Timmy Hankley of Kenbridge, Mike Reynolds of Amherst, Dontayves Montgomery of Crewe, Adam Tapp of Cumberland, Jason Alex of Brattleboro, VT, Alec Spaulding of Spotsylvania, Brad Wike (instructor)
 
(Back L-R), Clyde Robertson (Instructor), Logan Miller (Student Instructor), Lucas Truman of Disputanta, Thomas Mullen of Ashland, Seth Edwards of Amelia, Conner McCready of Onley, Seth Morris of Farmville, Joseph Droog of Rustburg, Shawn Crogan of Crewe, Zach Gray of Danville, Davis Cogar of Greenville and Jeremiah Loyd of Virginia Beach.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces Employee of the Quarter

Emporia, VA – Jakai Barnes has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Quarter. Ms. Barnes who works as an Insurance Verification Clerk in SVRMC’s Patient Access Department, has been employed at SVRMC since June 2008.

Each quarter employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in any or all of ten Standards of Behavior.  Ms. Barnes nomination included the following statement: “Jakai Barnes is dedicated to the SVRMC standards of behavior as well as an avid team player.  She goes above and beyond her duties and fulfills the tasks of many other positions within the department.  She steps in as PBX operator, ED registrar, outpatient registrar, and centralized scheduler as necessary.  Most recently, she has willingly stepped into the role of registration and scheduling clerk for the Rehab department. Jakai is always willing to adjust her schedule to the needs of either department while maintaining a smile and a positive attitude.  She is an asset not only to the department, but also to SVRMC.”

As SVRMC’s Employee of the Quarter, Ms. Barnes received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2019 Employee of the Year.

Wilson Thomas, CEO presents the award to Jakai Barnes, in the presence of her Director and co-workers.  (L-R) Jim Porter, CFO, Nicole Mitchell, Kiara Barnes, Wilson Thomas, CEO,  Jakai Barnes, Michelle Saunders, Patient Access Director, Amanda Phillips, Zhiquita Adams, and Terry Joyner.

Rotary Club of Innsbrook Presents Grant to Jackson-Feild

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook presents Terron Watkins, Assistant Director of Development, a check in the amount of $1,700 to be used for expenses related to GED prep and testing for students at Jackson-Feild’s Gwaltney School.

For the majority of students at Jackson-Feild’s on-campus Gwaltney School, chronic mental health disorders, frequent hospitalizations, and out-of-school suspensions have interrupted and hampered their education.  These grant funds in the amount of $­­­1,700 from the Rotary Club of Innsbrook will be used to help former residents prepare for and pass the GED exam. On average five to ten students each year earn their GED and return to Jackson-Feild to “walk” in the annual graduation ceremony.

Most of the children at Jackson-Feild have no family on whom they can depend. It’s imperative they complete their education and earn either a diploma or GED. A diploma, though, is often not realistic because they don’t have sufficient credits to meet graduation requirements. This leaves only the GED as an option.

From the first day of enrollment at Gwaltney School, every effort is made to prepare students to take the GED exam.  We have a staff member dedicated to the task of helping the boys and girls earn their GED even after they leave Jackson-Feild. She is available by phone for consultation and instruction, and she enlists community tutors to work with students in their home localities. At a cost of $170 per student, Jackson-Feild purchases GED workbooks, pays tutors, and covers the cost of the GED Practice Test as well as the actual GED test.

Jackson-Feild thanks the members of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook for investing in its children, and for recognizing and supporting the good work that takes place on its campus and in its school.

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