James City County Recognizes La Tienda
September 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven Yavorsky, Assistant Secretary, Economic Development Authority
Phone: (757) 253-6607
James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized La Tienda, a Spanish foods and products distributor, at its 17th annual Celebration of Business. La Tienda was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, given by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community.
In presenting La Tienda the award, Stonehouse District Supervisor and 2010 Board Chairman, Jim Kennedy, noted the company has been a member of the JCC business community since 1996, “The company began operating out of its current distribution facility and showroom in Stonehouse Commerce Park in 2004 and in late 2009 added a retail location on Jamestown Road.“
Receiving the award for La Tienda were Tim Harris, and Jonathan Harris, co-CEOs of La Tienda. Tim Harris thanked several members of the JCC Economic Development Team and recognized the company’s humble beginnings, “We started off in a small office in [2010 EDA Chairman] Tom Tingle’s building and Marshall Warner approved our first loan [from Chesapeake Bank]. We will be in James City County for a long time.”
La Tienda presently employs about 30 individuals who assist in the distribution of more than 700 products from Spain, in addition to the distribution of specialty peppers that are grown in James City County. La Tienda is involved in many charitable organizations including the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center, Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and many other smaller education or food-related charities and recently received the 2010 Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education.
The event also recognized Keith Taylor, who is retiring later this year after serving for 21 years as JCC’s Economic Development Director. EDA Chairman Tingle acknowledged, “James City County will remember Keith for initiating countless programs to serve the business community and over three dozen economic development projects he assisted that created almost 3,000 jobs for local citizens and more than $350 million in taxable real estate improvement.”
The Celebration of Business is an appreciation event for major industrial, technical and business service companies in James City County. The event was held on September 23, 2010 in the Jamestown Settlement’s Rotunda and Great Hall.
La Tienda receives James City County’s 2010 Captain John Smith Award.
Left to right: Robert Middaugh (County Administrator), Jonathan Harris (La Tienda), Jim Kennedy (Chairman, Board of Supervisors), Tim Harris (La Tienda), and Tom Tingle (Chairman, Economic Development Authority.)