SAIC Bringing 40 IT Jobs to Dickenson County

VCEDA participated in the May 18 announcement by Gov. Ralph Northam about a new employer bringing 40 new IT jobs to the region, locating in the Dickenson County Technology Center.

The VCEDA Board approved an up to $2 million loan to the Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to build-out the second floor of a building in the Dickenson County Technology Park in Clintwood for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) that will create approximately 40 information technology (IT) service desk jobs. VCEDA held a loan closing on May 11. Under a contract with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), the SAIC staff in these new technology jobs will respond to and assist 55,000+ state employees who have questions or need assistance with IT.

Read more about the announcement.

To read the Governor’s news release.

VCEDA closed the up to $2 million loan to the Dickenson County IDA on May 11. In photo, from left, are: Danny Lambert, Secretary/Treasurer, Dickenson County IDA; Talbert Bolling, Chairman, Dickenson County IDA, Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel; and Mitzi Sykes, Director, Dickenson County IDA.

Groundbreaking is Held for Southern Gap Transportation and Logistics Center in Buchanan County

Pictured, from left, are Stephen Moret, VIrginia Economic Development Partnership; Jonathan Belcher, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority executive director/general counsel; Carroll Branham, Buchanan County Board of Supervisors chairman; Brian Ball, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Dr. Tommy Wright, Southwest Virginia Community College president; and Cody Mumpower, representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith’s Office.

Ground was officially broken May 16 on the new Southern Gap Transportation and Logistics Center in Buchanan County. The project  will provide transportation and logistics workforce development and training through a cooperative partnership between the Buchanan County IDA, VCEDA, and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC). The project is being funded through up to $5.729 million in grants approved by VCEDA at its April 19 board meeting.

Those on hand for the announcement included Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and members of his staff; Stephen Moret, president & CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and several others from VEDP; as well as representatives from VCEDA, the Buchanan County IDA, the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, SWCC and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

“VCEDA is pleased to be able to assist on this project which will help prepare the workforce for jobs in fields related to transportation and logistics such as diesel repair, CDL and certified logistics associate or technician.”

Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel

Read more about the center announcement.

VCEDA Markets to Contract Manufacturers

VCEDA attended the AmCON Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., May 15-16. Pictured from left are VCEDA Marketing Coordinator Susan Copeland; Buchanan County Marketing and Tourism Director Scotty Wampler; and VCEDA Marketing Ambassador Charlotte Mullins.

VCEDA exhibited at the AmCon trade show held at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. May 15-16. The show is a design and contract manufacturing event which draws manufacturers providing custom metal, plastic, rubber and electronic parts and finishing services. The VCEDA team, that included Susan Copeland, VCEDA marketing coordinator; Scotty Wampler, Buchanan County marketing and tourism director; and Charlotte Mullins, VCEDA marketing ambassador, marketed Virginia’s e-Region as an excellent location for advanced manufacturing, met with 40 companies and learned about the importance of 3D printing, robotics and workforce training for these manufacturers. Contract manufacturers exhibited at the event.