N E W S R E L E A S E
May 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Russell Seymour, Secretary, Economic Development Authority, James City County
County Receives $20,000 Grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund
James City County is pleased to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from Governor McDonnell’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund. The County is one of 11 projects to receive funding and one of only four jurisdictions to receive full grant funding as a single locality.
JCC’s Rural Economic Development Committee (REDC), a subcommittee of the Economic Development Authority made up of key local government personnel, local business leaders and agricultural producers, is spearheading the project with the help of both the Office of Economic Development and the Planning Division. The REDC will use the grant funds to develop a plan to grow local agricultural businesses. JCC’s project will kick off in June and conclude in May 2014. Both the JCC Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Authority passed resolutions supporting the submittal of the AFID grant application in February.
John McGlennon, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, stated, "I am pleased that the County applied for this grant, and along with the Board, I am excited to see the results moving forward. James City County is known for its rural beauty and agricultural tradition. This grant recognizes that rich history and provides us with help in identifying how to make the best use of these assets and enhance the rural economy."
According to Governor McDonnell’s office, “(James City) County boasts many agricultural and forestry assets, and has undertaken a number of individual efforts to promote them, but never has the County taken a comprehensive look at how to protect, support and leverage these assets. The need is particularly important for the County, with development pressures coming from its east and west. This effort is just the type of project the AFID Planning Grants program was designed to engender.”
The creation of the AFID was part of Governor McDonnell's jobs-creation and economic development agenda during the 2012 session of the General Assembly. The Governor’s budget allocates $250,000 annually for AFID.
For more information about AFID, please visit: vdacs.virginia.gov/agribusiness/pdf/grantsum.pdf.