November 9, 2018
KING AND QUEEN COUNTY—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Premier Tech, a global leader in the horticulture and agriculture sector, will invest $1.89 million to expand its peat moss and pine bark mixing and distribution facility in King and Queen County. The investment will enable the company to increase its production capacity and introduce new products to the East Coast market. Virginia successfully competed with Minnesota for this project, which will create 20 new jobs.
“As one of King and Queen County’s largest employers, Premier Tech is an invaluable corporate partner whose expansion will have far-reaching benefits, both for the region and for Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries,” said Governor Northam. “Global manufacturers such as Premier Tech are drawn to the Middle Peninsula for its strong manufacturing talent pool and competitive operating costs. We are grateful to Premier Tech for its commitment to rural Virginia, and we look forward to seeing the company continue to thrive in the Commonwealth.”
Founded in 1923, Premier Tech is a global manufacturer of packaging equipment, water management systems, and growing media products, with over 4,500 team members in 26 countries. The company’s activities are organized within three key business segments: Horticulture and Agriculture, Industrial Equipment, and Environmental Technologies. Premier Tech operates six locations in the U.S., including the King and Queen County facility which produces mixes of mulch, fertilizers, and growing media solutions.
July 18, 2018
Bennett Mineral Company in King & Queen County has been selected to participate in the 2-year Virginia Leaders In Export Trade (VALET) program, sponsored by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
May 7, 2018
Gloucester Main Street has once again been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
May 7, 2018
SALUDA, Va. – The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MP-PAA) has earned a 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for its Coastal Land Giving for Public Access Program. The unique program leverages the generosity of coastal landowners to ensure coastal residents and visitors have sufficient public access to natural resources.The MP-PAA began accepting land donations in 2006. Since then the organization has increased public land availability along the coast by hundreds of acres, expanding the public spaces where Virginians and tourists can kayak, hike and participate in other outdoor activities.
The MP-PAA was one of five organizations to receive a gold medal during an award ceremony held at the 29th Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington earlier this month. Through the MP-PAA’s Coastal Land Giving for Public Access Program landowners can easily donate their waterfront land for public benefit.
“Across Virginia’s diverse coastal zone, only one percent of the shoreline is publically owned, making it difficult for many people to get on the water,” said Lewie Lawrence, Executive Director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission. “We’re delighted that the Governor’s office has recognized the Coastal Land Giving for Public Access program, which is giving the public much greater access to wonderful Chesapeake Bay resources without burdening taxpayers or government resources.”
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards recognize contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in four categories – sustainability, environmental project, land conservation, and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The awards are presented annually to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.
The MP-PAA began accepting land donations in 2006. Since then the organization has increased public land availability along the coast by hundreds of acres, expanding the public spaces where Virginians and tourists can kayak, hike and participate in other outdoor activities.
For example, in 2013 a landowner participating in the Coastal Land Giving for Public Access Program donated 97 acres on the Severn River in Gloucester County. The parcel, now known as Captain Sinclair's Recreational Area, features a mile of open shoreline, stands of dense forestry and tidal wetlands ideally suited to fishing, kayaking, waterfowl hunting and other outdoor activities. Outbuildings are available on the property, which is also used by the Gloucester High School crew team as a practice and equipment storage facility.
A 274 acre-parcel of land within the pristine Dragon Run Watershed has also been made available for public use under the program. The Browne Tract features nine public hunting zones available for big game, small game and waterfowl hunting, and each zone can be reserved online for $10.
For their generosity, land donors participating in the Coastal Land Giving for Public Access Program can receive tax benefits and fulfill desires to leave a legacy, inspire future generations and support the local economy.
A map of properties available for public use can be found on the MP-PAA Property and Facility Reservations website.
To learn more about the MP-PAA’s Coastal Land Giving for Public Access project, click here: http://www.virginiacoastalaccess.net/landgiving.html
For more information on the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, click here: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwards/GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwardWinners.aspx
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April 29, 2018
Whitley Peanut Factory, Inc., a Virginia’s Finest Company since 1992, will invest nearly $530,000 to expand its operation in Gloucester County. This growth will allow Whitley’s Peanuts to increase production, improve operational efficiency and achieve an even higher level of food safety certification. To support this expansion, the company will create five new jobs and increase their annual purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by 36 percent to over 600,000 pounds over the next three years. The Middle Peninsula Alliance applauds Gloucester County's efforts to support this important home-grown business! https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=26247