Cathy Jett is the assistant business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene.
Northern Neck picked for program to strengthen its economy
The Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership, a public-private economic development initiative of the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, has been selected to participate in the USDA Rural Development’s “Stronger Economies Together” program.
It gives residents and civic leaders in Westmoreland County and three other rural counties the opportunity to develop and implement a regional ecoomic development strategy or plan. They will receive the latest tools, training and technical assistance.
Training sessions will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 22 at Westmoreland State Park. Others will be held at least once a month through May 9 at locations to be determined later.Topics will include exploring economic opportunities, strategies for enhancing the regional economy and developing visions and goals.
There are no requirements to participate other than a desire to improve the economic position of the community and region through cooperative strategies. To register, please contact Lisa Hull by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 804.333.1919. There is no fee to participate. Registrants will receive a confirmation letter with more program details prior to the first session.
Those interested in following the activities of the group but unable to participate at this time can sign up to receive updates by contacting Lisa Hull by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 804.333.1919.
“Stronger Economies Together” is made available by USDA Rural Development, in conjunction with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Association of Counties, and other state and local partners.