John Tyler Community College Celebrates Chester Campus Renovation Project

May 24, 2018 / Current News

By John Tyler Community College CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Enhancing and expanding programs that […]

City Launches ‘Petersburg Works’ Workforce Development Program

May 7, 2018 / Current News

PETERSBURG — Petersburg’s unemployment rate currently stands at 7.1 percent, which is well above the state’s unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

Though city officials are hoping a new pilot program, Petersburg Works, can help change that. The program, which launched last week, aims to connect residents seeking employment with employers who are looking for workers.

Columbia Gas of Virginia Opens Training Center

May 2, 2018 / Current News

CHESTER — With tours, demonstrations and occasional giant blasts of safely controlled natural gas flames, Columbia Gas of Virginia celebrated the opening of a new training facility for employees who operate and maintain the company’s natural gas distribution system across the commonwealth.

Prince George County Wins 2018 Community Economic Development Award

April 19, 2018 / Current News

RICHMOND, Va — The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) announced the selection of Prince George County in partnership with Prince George Electric Cooperative winners in one of three different population categories of the 2018 Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA), presented last week at the association’s Spring Conference in Richmond.

Virginia’s Gateway Region Welcomes New President & CEO

Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Boswell as the organization’s new President & CEO.

With over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sector, Boswell comes to VGR after spending over 20 years working in economic development at the state level. Boswell’s focus on attracting new business, supporting existing business, and collaborating with various federal, state and local authorities to increase job creation and capital investment will serve Virginia’s Gateway Region well as the organization continues to grow and prosper.

Broadband Initiative Gains Momentum Across the Gateway Region

March 29, 2018 / Current News

Nearly 34 million people in America lack access to high-speed internet, 23 percent of which live in rural areas overlooked and underserved by major wireless and cable providers. Prince George Electric Cooperative has finally developed an innovative, cost-effective solution for affordable, reliable broadband access in rural communities, leveling the playing field with their urban counterparts.

Established in 1938, the Prince George Electric Cooperative’s (PGEC) founders “acted on a vision of improved quality of life” to bring the comforts of automated overhead lighting and running water to rural Prince George and Sussex Counties for the first time. 80 years later, PGEC’s CEO Mike Malandro still encompasses these progressive values, acting on an altruistic vision to improve the area’s quality of life through broadband access.

Unveiled in October 2016, PGEC and its subsidiary PGEC Enterprises, LLC launched a pilot program that entails a last-mile, fiber-to-the-home model, bringing internet service to these unserved rural communities. This revolutionary process begins with the installation of a “smart grid” of large fibers connecting power substations across the service area. Using efficient tools, PGEC’s own linemen lay the “last-mile” of fiber, connecting individual homes and businesses directly to the smart grid.

Regional Economic Development Organization Celebrates Another Year of Excellence

March 2, 2018 / City of Colonial Heights

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va – Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) welcomed business and community leaders from across the Richmond MSA to commemorate another year of success and achievement working together to create jobs and support local business at their 57th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 28.

VGR Board of Directors Chairman Victor Branch (Bank of America) welcomed guests to the event, shedding light on the importance of VGR’s work in the region and their insightful five-year strategic plan to create 3,000 jobs by 2020.

Members of VGR’s Board of Directors joined Branch to recognize VGR’s long-time President & CEO Renee Chapline for her thirteen years of dedicated service to the region. During Chapline’s tenure, VGR welcomed 231 company announcements, creating nearly 20 thousand jobs and about $5.5 billion of capital investment. Chapline recently began her new position as Vice President of Communications & Government Affairs at Prince George Electric Cooperative.

Service Center Metals Expansion in Prince George County Expected to Create 58 Jobs

January 11, 2018 / Current News

Service Center Metals, a manufacturer of aluminum extrusions, will invest $45.2 million to expand operations in Prince George County.

The expansion at Prince George’s SouthPoint Business Park is expected to create 58 jobs. Virginia competed against Indiana for the project.

Service Center Metals was founded in 2002 by Scott Kelley, Randy Weis and Chip Dollins, three former Reynolds Metals Co. executives. Manufacturing started in July 2003 in Prince George.

CCAM Announces $12.65M in Federal and State Funds to Build Apprentice Academy

December 30, 2017 / Current News

RICHMOND, Va.,– Today, William T. Powers III, president and CEO, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded CCAM a grant of $3.15 million to build an apprentice academy in Prince George County, Virginia. This award is supplemented by an additional $9.5 million appropriated from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CCAM established the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy to bolster the state’s advanced manufacturing industry by creating a reliable pipeline of workers with factory-ready skills and credentials suitable for high paying jobs. These grants allow CCAM to begin the construction phase on the Academy.

Prince George Broadband Gets “Smart”

December 28, 2017 / Current News

PRINCE GEORGE — Residents of rural Prince George County hoping to gain broadband access are now seeing light at the end of the tunnel — or, in this case, at the end of the cable.

Since February 2017, 50 households in the county have enjoyed top-of-the-line fiber connections, with the promise of more to come.

In the fall of 2016, Prince George Electric Cooperative unveiled a pilot program that offered last-mile fiber connections. By installing a “smart grid” of large-count fibers connecting power substations across the service area, PGEC was able to develop a revolutionary process. With this structure in place, PGEC’s own linemen can efficiently lay the “last mile” of fiber from the smart grid to individual homes and businesses.