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Regional Alliance awarded $50,000

Halifax County, as part of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, has been awarded $50,000, one of three awards totaling $200,000 for collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities program, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday. 

The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically-distressed areas that stimulate job creation, economic development and provide a significant return on state investment.

In addition to Halifax County, the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance is composed of counties of Pittsylvania, Henry  and Patrick and the cities of Danville and Martinsville.

“Building Collaborative Communities encourages cooperation between communities to reach common goals,” said McDonnell. “Since the inception of this program, we have seen great regional partnerships created and fostered through this program, as well as the involvement from the private sector, community organizations and various other regional organizations.”

Building Collaborative Communities is a broad-based program that brings to bear resources from a number of state entities, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Senior Economic Advisor, Department of Business Assistance, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Community College System and other agencies as appropriate.  

The commonwealth is providing $200,000 to support this program in FY2014.