Seven VGA Counties possess a certificate of authorization from the FAA

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced initiatives that will further develop unmanned systems technology to strengthen the new Virginia economy, with an emphasis on unmanned aircraft systems.

“Unmanned systems technology is the next generation of research and data analytics and our investment into this technology gives Virginian companies the edge in competing in the global market,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “With these groundbreaking initiatives,


Governor McAuliffe announced a permit for a new solar facility to be built by Firestone Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Virginia Solar. Once complete, the 19.8-megawatt project will be the first utility-scale solar generator of its kind in Buckingham County.

After repeated delays by Georgia’s Congressional Delegation, construction for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) in Fort Picket, resumed on February 25th.

FASTC will provide hard-skills security training to State Department personnel and the foreign affairs community. The U.S. Department of State, working with the U.S. General Services Administration ( GSA) worked extensively to conduct environmental studies at Fort Pickett, which showed that the site was suitable for FASTC.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is planning an addition and renovations to the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR) in Nottoway County. This expansion will provide residential and treatment space for an additional 183 residents, with the ability to expand to serve another 75 individuals. Construction is estimated to cost approximately $80 million. This project is in the detailed design phase and was presented

Source: Southside Electric Cooperative
March 22, 2016

BLACKSTONE – Following the early March announcement of the launch of Virginia’s first Power Line Worker Training School, students and instructors wasted little time. On day two of the brand new 11-week certification course being offered by Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), students from across central and southern Virginia were already 40 feet in the air.

Learning the skills for a new job can be difficult for anyone, regardless of the occupation. But electric line work brings its own unique challenges, especially

~Company to invest $402.4 million and create 42 new jobs~

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Microsoft Corp. will invest $402.4 million to expand its data center site in Mecklenburg County and increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Virginia successfully competed against other sites in the U.S. for the project, which will create 42 new jobs. Microsoft’s original project in 2010 involved an investment of up to $499 million and 50 new jobs. In 2011 the company invested an additional $150 million to expand the site, and in 2013 announced a $348 million expansion. In June 2014 Microsoft invested another $346.7 million, creating 90 new jobs.