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Local Job Creation the Focus of Business Appreciation Week Recognition on May 12

Albemarle County will recognize and celebrate the important contributions of local businesses and will acknowledge initiatives aimed at local job creation at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 6:00 pm on May 12 as part of Virginia’s Business Appreciation Week.  Representatives from the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA) including Peter Su, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade/Director of DBA; Preston Wilhelm, Director of the Virginia Jobs Investment Program; and Debbie Melvin, DBA Project Manager for our region, will be in attendance.  

Over the last three years, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program has assisted seven Albemarle County businesses that anticipate creating or retraining 260 jobs and adding over $13,745,000 in capital investment.  As part of Albemarle County’s annual business recognition ceremony, we will be thanking our partner, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, for their continued help and support to our business community offered through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“With our community’s obvious interest in and focus on job creation in these challenging economic times, we really value our strong partnership with the Department of Business Assistance and we appreciate the very tangible results they are achieving with County businesses,” said County Executive Bob Tucker.

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program, a division of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, provides funding and customized recruiting and training services to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change.  As a business development incentive supporting economic development efforts throughout Virginia, the program reduces the human resource development costs of new and expanding companies throughout the Commonwealth.

Established in 1965, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program is the second oldest economic development incentive in Virginia and the most frequently requested business incentive in Virginia for new and expanding operations. cited the program specifically as one of the reasons Virginia received the “#1 Best State for Business” for the fourth year in a row in 2009. In addition to funding to offset recruitment and training costs, companies qualifying for the program also receive free consulting on human resources and training challenges, media production services, and soft skills training.

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