The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are conducting further studies at the Virginia Army National Guard's Maneuver Training Center at Fort Pickett and in Nottoway County's Pickett Park to assess the potential for locating a planned Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at the installation.

The move, announced by Gov. Bob McDonnell this week, comes after a year-long comprehensive search process
that included the review of over 40 publicly-held sites in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., which led to Fort Pickett and Pickett Park being selected as a potential candidate.

Marines train in security procedures at Fort Pickett which is being considered by the State Department as a training site for security personnel.The U.S. State Department is considering Fort Pickett and neighboring Pickett Park in Nottoway County for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center that could bring up to 1,000 jobs.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday that the State Department chose the site over 40 others in the Washington area and has started a years-long evaluation to determine whether the property is suitable for the project.

The center would be used to train federal government staff posted at American embassies, as well as some foreign security personnel.

Foreign affairs security personnel train at 19 locations nationwide. The training functions from those facilities would be consolidated at Fort Pickett.

John N. Prosise, the assistant county administrator in Nottoway, said he began conversations about the land 15 months ago with the U.S. General Services Administration and State Department.

The agencies are interested in using several hundred acres of Pickett Park, a roughly 3,600-acre business and industrial area that the county assumed ownership of after the 1995 round of base realignments and closures. The land was carved off of Fort Pickett and currently houses a Virginia Tech agricultural research center and the Blackstone Army Airfield, among other things.

The Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center in Greensville County, Virginia was recently recognized by Southern Business & Development Magazine in its annual Top Ten in the South lists. MAMaC was recognized in the category of: "Ten Best Automotive Assembly Plant Sites in the Southern Auto Corridor." MAMaC was the only site listed in Virginia or North Carolina.

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling stated, "Congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center for being recognized as one of the 'Ten Best Automotive Assembly Plant Sites in the Southern Auto Corridor.' Manufacturing is a vital part of Virginia's economy. We know that we can't just be an economy that consumes things, we need to be an economy that makes things too. I look forward to the localities in the region working together to promote Virginia's only certified megasite facility. This facility will enhance Southern Virginia's economic development opportunities for years to come."

Home Care Industries, Inc. to open manufacturing operation; Largest Supplier of Floor Care Accessories in North America

Virginia Beats out North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina for Project

RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Home Care Industries, Inc., one of North America's leading floor care companies, will invest $1.5 million to open a manufacturing and distribution operation in Mecklenburg County. The project will create 150 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina for the project.

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "Southern Virginia is on the rebound, and Home Care Industries' new manufacturing and distribution operation is further positive news for this region. Mecklenburg County was able to provide a building to meet the company's infrastructure needs, as well as convenient proximity to Home Care's plant in North Carolina. I welcome Home Care to Virginia and look forward to working with them in the future."

"I congratulate the largest supplier of floor care accessories in North America on calling Mecklenburg County home to its first manufacturing and distribution facility in the Commonwealth," said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "Home Care Industries supplies key accounts and national retail chains that are major household names, and I am pleased the company will have a presence in Southern Virginia."

The software maker confirms plans to spend up to $499 million to build a modular data center in Southern Virginia.

Microsoft has confirmed plans to build a large new data center in Mecklenburg County, Va., as the company is once again expanding its data center operations.

In a press release from the Virginia governor's office, Microsoft said it will spend up to $499 million to open the facility, which will use its latest modular, fourth-generation approach and will be located near the town of Boydton. The governor's office touted the plant as "the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history."

Microsoft was quite vague in its description of the center, saying only that it would use the company's latest modular design, which can be almost entirely pre-outfitted with computers, networking, and power connections. "This new data center will enable the best possible delivery of services to our current and future customers," General Manager Kevin Timmons said in a statement. Microsoft declined to offer any further details.

Will be Largest Investment Project in History of Southern Virginia

Company to Invest up to $499 million and Create 50 New Jobs
Virginia Beats out North Carolina and Texas for Company's Most Advanced Data Center

RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Microsoft Corp. will invest up to $499 million to locate their latest generation data center (Gen4) in Mecklenburg County, in what will be the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history. Using modular technology and advanced cooling mechanics, the center will be Microsoft's most advanced data center. The project will create 50 new jobs and Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas to secure this sought after facility.

"Microsoft is a household name and securing this global project is a significant economic win for Virginia," said Governor McDonnell. "The company's search process was long and competitive, and a great team of players came together to show Microsoft that Mecklenburg County was the right fit for its new version of a state-of-the-art data center. This project represents the largest investment project in the history of Southern Virginia. It will further bolster the Commonwealth's standing as a leader in the Information Technology sector, while creating new jobs for our citizens and spurring economic development throughout the region."

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