(Wise, VA) October 1, 2020 – The GO Virginia State Board approved Per Capita applications for Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, United Way of Southwest Virginia, and William King Museum of Art on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
The Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority’s (LPRIFA) Project Intersection application, approved at $485,000 will assist in developing and repurposing a former 188-acre mine site in Norton, VA. The site, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 58 & 23, will provide four site-ready pad locations to include associated infrastructure, site-work, access roads, and amenities. The project will allow the site to be recertified from Tier II to Tier III per the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
The LPRIFA is partnering with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), Division of Mined Land Reclamation, Dickenson County Board of Supervisors, Lee County Board of Supervisors, City of Norton, Scott County Board of Supervisors, and Wise County Board of Supervisors for Project Intersection.
Through the two-year life of the project, LPRIFA anticipates that with the completion of Site #4 there will be 100 new jobs created during the first year of completion and occupation in 2023 with 500 jobs being created at the conclusion of year five in 2028.
“We are pleased that GO Virginia recognized the collaborative efforts of the Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority relating to Project Intersection. The authority is composed of the counties of Lee, Dickenson, Scott, and Wise and the City of Norton. The establishment of Project Intersection will provide for the diversification of the economy of far Southwest Virginia and assist in creating critical jobs for the region,” said Craig Seaver, Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority Coordinator.
According to Duane Miller, Executive Director of the LENOWISCO Planning District Commission and GO Virginia Region One Council member, “LENOWISCO is happy to see the GO VA award for Project Intersection to the Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority. Project Intersection is a great example of localities working together to foster economic growth for our entire region. This is certainly an example of being strong as a whole instead of as individual pieces.”
United Way of Southwest Virginia’s (UWSWVA) Ignite Tech Talent Pipeline application, approved at $251,960 will build upon the success of the Ignite Internship program by working with partners to develop a talent pipeline that increases the number of graduates from high school, community college, and four-year colleges ready to work in information technology jobs in the region to meet the forecasted ten-year demand for talent in Region 1.