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Tobacco commission approves request for Green View funding

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission on Tuesday gave the green light to the Halifax Industrial Development Authority’s request for $1.3 million to improve the Green View Advanced Manufacturing Center (former Daystrom building).

Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Matt Leonard expressed pleasure with the commission’s decision Tuesday saying, “We’re grateful to the tobacco commission and for what this will mean to our community.” 

Tobacco commission staff had recommended award of the grant to be used for water sealing 391,000 square feet and renovations to 140,000 square feet as dried-in industrial and commercial space in the center located at Greens Folly.

The authority plans to make the additional improved space available to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center for workforce development programs and also identifies space allocated for research and development as well as wood and products manufacturing business incubation.

In applying for the $1.3 million, the authority asked Halifax County Supervisors to approve $150,000 in matching funds. The money will come from the 2014 county budget.

As part of the total project budget of $1,492,000, the authority also has committed $42,000 of authority funds as a local match.