SRRIFA was formed in early 2019 following more than a year of negotiation and legal steps to construct the framework within which it would operate. In a somewhat new and different situation than other Virginia RIFA’s, four localities decided to join in regional partnership with one mutually beneficial common goal in mind — commercial/industrial development of Southern Virginia Multimodal Park (SVMP) in Hurt.
SVMP is Hurt’s foremost economic development priority. With recent designations as a Virginia Enterprise Zone and a federal Opportunity Zone, the property has been approved for nearly $100,000 in Virginia Economic Development Partnership VBAF grant funding to assist with aesthetic and/or other site improvements.
We are open to a myriad of possibilities for the SVMP. Based on new insights in 2018, we now place particular emphasis on logistics and envision the site as a future nexus of regional and/or global commerce. Currently, that appears to be the best niche for this particular property.
SRRIFA Board of Directors (2019)
Elton W. Blackstock, Supervisor (Chair)
Ben L. Farmer, Supervisor
Dr. Charles H. Miller, Supervisor (Alternate)
*Town of Hurt
Gary N. Poindexter, Mayor (Vice-Chair)
Steve W. Watson, Vice-Mayor
E. Collin Adams Jr., Councilmember (Alternate)
*Town of Altavista
Mike E. Mattox, Mayor
Wayne E. Mitchell, Councilmember
Reggie C. Bennett, Councilmember (Alternate)
*City of Danville
Sherman M. Saunders, Councilmember
Fred O. Shanks III, Councilmember
L. Lee Vogler, Vice-Mayor (Alternate)
SRRIFA Staff (2019)
Secretary: Hollye M. Keesee, Executive Assistant, Pittsylvania County Administration
Treasurer: Kim VanDerHyde, Finance Director, Pittsylvania County
Meeting Agenda Packets
Special Notice (posted Thursday, May 16 at 9:25 PM): The SRRIFA meeting previously planned for Friday, May 17 has been canceled due to multiple scheduling conflicts. The meeting is expected to be rescheduled in the near future. An announcement will be posted on this page once the new date is known, in keeping with FOIA requirements.
April 12, 2019 (Pending Approval
May 17 Next Meeting)