Riverstone Technology Park Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Riverstone Technology Park and a ground breaking ceremony for Building One was held in Halifax County, Virginia, on May 12, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. The Honorable Matt Erskine, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Honorable Frank Ruff, a member the Virginia Senate 15th District and the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Honorable Clarke Hogan, a member of the Houseof Delegates 60th District and the Virginia Tobacco Commission were on hand to help break ground on Building One.

Riverstone is a 165 acre premier technology business park designed to attract technology based companies to complement the existing industrial base and develop higher education partnerships. Riverstone is located on US Highway 58, two miles from the intersection of US 58 and US 501. The park is located 60 miles from Research Triangle Park.

Riverstone Technology Park is designed for the needs of Information technology, biomedical, small technology, telecommunications and technical manufacturing industries for both manufacturing and corporate office facilities. The first tenant in the park, a 100 person customer contact center, will be occupying Building Two, a 15,000 square foot facility, in early 2005.

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Innovation Center boasts industrial-chic design, classes and job training

innovation center historical building renovationIt used to be called the Bag Factory. Today, the name is ditched for something entirely more glamorous and appropriate: the Innovation Center – an expansion of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, two doors away.

A $10 million complex, the Innovation Center is a model of industrial chic – a new jewel in South Boston’s Warehouse District that includes the Higher Ed Center itself and, in between, The Prizery arts center.

But it’s more than a pretty face and an old building saved.

It’s a place where people can do and learn things – as Halifax Education Foundation Development Director Tommy Nelson explains, it’s the space for the more non-traditional pursuit; the main building now focuses on the more traditional student.

Activities in the Innovation Center are geared to jobs: skills re-training for individuals or specialty training at the request of a business.

Area employers are taking notice – it’s now one of the first stops for economic development prospects – but Nelson hopes the weekend’s open house will raise its profile even higher: “Somebody’s going to see something on Sunday” that will spark conversations or phone calls.

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New CAD Lab Opens at STEM Center

CAD ribbon cutting

Members of the Burton family, school officials and students cut the ribbon Thursday morning officially opening the J. E. Burton Construction Company Inc. Pro-Engineering Computer Aided Design (CAD) Lab at the STEM Center.

“Today is not about me or my company, it’s about children and the students of Halifax County,” said Brian Burton, president of J. E. Burton Construction Company. “This is one way to give back to the community that has supported our company for 72 years.”

The laboratory features 20 complete computer stations equipped with Pro-Engineer CAD software. Superintendent Paul Stapleton said Governor Tim Kaine chose four school divisions in the state to receive a million dollars worth of the CAD software that all the major businesses around the world are using.

“Our students are getting the lead-in on something that hopefully will help all of them in their careers,” Stapleton said. “We were extremely pleased to get the software and the components that go with it.”

Burton donated the computers and other hardware needed to run the new CAD software.

“Brian stepped up because he really wanted to do something to honor his grandfather and the construction company,” Stapleton said. “On behalf of J. E. Burton Construction Company, Brian made the donation that got the hardware in this building and got our students moving quickly down the road.”

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Ribbon cutting lays the line for broadband expansion in county

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) held a ribbon cutting Monday to usher in a new era of expansion of broadband throughout Southern Virginia.

The company, which is headquartered at Riverstone Technology Park (RTP) in South Boston, has completed expanding their offices to make room for 25 new employees, and they plan to add an additional 75 throughout their service area in support of their construction of over 400 miles of new fiber routes.

Once the $20 million expansion program is completed, MBC will have increased their fiber routes to 1,500 miles, according to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) officials.

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