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Pair honored for leadership roles on IDA board

Former Halifax County Industrial Development Authority board members Lisa Kipps-Brown and Marcus M. Hargrave were recognized and presented resolutions of appreciation Friday during the regular monthly meeting of the authority board.

Brown and Hargrave were presented framed resolutions that included photographs of each individual along with a separate framed 8 x 10 photograph that appears on their resolution and a sweater bearing the Halifax County IDA brand.

Kipps-Brown served on the board from Aug. 7, 2007 to Jan. 31, 2012 holding the position of secretary-treasurer for almost four years. She also served on the finance, personnel and Riverstone Energy Center committees and was instrumental in the establishment of the energy center and the hiring of its Executive Director Dr. Doug Corrigan.

She also was responsible for designing the authority’s website and newsletter and partnering with the authority to offer a social media workshop series.

Hargrave served on the board from Oct. 20, 2005 until Jan. 31 of this year holding the position of secretary-treasurer from Feb. 2006 until June 2008 when he was elected vice chairman, a position he held until June 2011 when he was elected assistant secretary-treasurer and later secretary-treasurer.

Hargrave served on the investment policy action team, the management of IDA-owned properties action team, the project mentor financing action team and the finance, personnel, prospect and search committees.

Both Kipps-Brown and Hargrave were recognized for their participation and leadership on the board in helping to make decisions on economic development matters and visioning that increased the authority’s marketable land and building assets and assisted new and expanding industry in creating jobs and significant project investments.

In other business Friday morning, Garland Ricketts was elected to serve as chairman of the finance committee. Also serving on that committee is Butch Blanks and ex-officio member Board Chairman John Cannon.

Authority board members were updated on operations and personnel committee and properties and prospects committee meetings held during the past month.

Authority Executive Director Matt Leonard said he is pleased with the new committee structure now in place.

“It’s great to have input from the board in a more formal way. I have been getting a lot of help, one-on-one and two-on-one, and it’s making a big difference.”

Also Friday Leonard said request for proposals have been advertised for surveying the Burlington site and are due March 21.

The executive director said staff also is vetting two tobacco commission research and development grant submissions that are due March 25.

Leonard said he expected to report back to the board at its April meeting concerning the status of the submission, and at that time a resolution of support from the board may be required.

Over the past three months, the authority has helped facilitate $978,000 worth of disbursements to local industries from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, Tobacco Regional Opportunity Fund, Halifax County Opportunity Fund and the Halifax County Enterprise Zone.

“I think it’s important for the public to know how much we are involved in making sure that our current industries can take advantage of every possible pot of money out there that incentivizes them to remain and expand in Halifax County,” Leonard said.

Authority board member W. W. “Ted” Bennett pointed out the authority is the enabling agent and not the source of those funds.