February 23, 2017 @ 4:57 p.m.
Letter of Intent Signed by Local Leaders and SVMP
Above, L to R: Hurt Mayor Gary Poindexter, Danville City Mayor John Gilstrap, Altavista Mayor Mike Mattox, Southern Virginia Multimodal Park (SVMP) Managing Partner Jess Washburn, and Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Warren gather at a roundtable in a ceremonial signing of a Letter of Intent to create a new regional economic development partnership to be titled “Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority (SRRIFA), whose main focus will be development of a 21st-Century industrial/commercial park at the SVMP site. Photo courtesy of Altavista Journal Editor Tim Dalton.
Hurt Signs Memorandum For Intermodal Facility
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Over the course of the last year, Hurt Town Council and staff members have been working with Pittsylvania County, State officials, and the Southern Virginia Multimodal Park (SVMP), in a concerted effort to secure the establishment of Virginia’s second inland port at the SVMP. These collaborative efforts have resulted in the development and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the various stakeholders. The MOU represents the first significant “concrete” step in pursuit of this project – one of many that will be required going forward if the proposed facility is to become a reality.
That being said, it is important to understand that the proposed project is a major, sophisticated, multi-stage undertaking, and the scope of this MOU encompasses only the first phase of such a project, which is the conducting of a feasibility study. The MOU should not be interpreted to mean that we are at the point of a finalized deal for the prospective facility.
The MOU represents an early but major milestone along the road to a potential dream come true. To say that we are excited over the possibilities is an understatement. As others have already mentioned, this isn’t your typical county or town project, but is regional in scale. An inland port would function as an “engine” with the power to drive a gradual but profound change in our socioeconomic landscape over the coming years – one that is unequivocally for the better.
On behalf of the town, I offer my highest level of gratitude to State Senator Frank Ruff, Delegates Les Adams and Danny Marshall, Southern Virginia Multimodal Park LLC, Pittsylvania County, and all others who are partnering with Hurt in this endeavor.
Gary Poindexter, Mayor
A copy of the official MOU is available here.