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 goal in mind — commercial/industrial development of Southern Virginia Multimodal Park (SVMP) in Hurt. Though Altavista opted to withdraw from the partnership later in the year, the other three localities remain firmly committed and are working diligently toward the desired results.
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. Assembly/light manufacturing are also excellent niches for the site.
SRRIFA Board of Directors (2019)
Elton W. Blackstock (Chairman)
Ben L. Farmer
Dr. Charles H. Miller (Alternate)
*Town of Hurt
Gary N. Poindexter (Vice Chairman)
Steve W. Watson
E. Collin Adams Jr., (Alternate)
*City of Danville
Sherman M. Saunders
Fred O. Shanks III
L. Lee Vogler (Alternate)
SRRIFA Staff (2019)
Secretary: Hollye M. Keesee
Treasurer: Kim VanDerHyde
Meeting Agenda Packets
October 4, 2019 (Pending Approval at Next Quarterly Meeting on January 24, 2020)