Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Seneca
As we bid farewell to 2016, my thoughts are turning to beginning the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Session will convene next Wednesday, January 11th at 12:00 Noon. This is will be my eighth year of representing the counties of Charlotte, Halifax, Prince Edward and a portion of Campbell. I will continue to serve on the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Health, Welfare and Institutions and Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees.
I attended the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission meeting in Roanoke last month. While there I voted for a project that should provide tremendous economic development benefits for our part of the state.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband received approval for a grant to finish construction of a tower that will provide high speed internet service to rural areas in Charlotte and Halifax Counties. The tower is being constructed in Saxe (Charlotte County) and, when finished, this project will allow students in rural areas of Halifax and Charlotte Counties access to high speed broadband internet, free of charge, using unused TV white space to broadcast broadband. Once the project is finished, ISP's will be able to provide broadband internet service (at a cost) to homes and businesses in these two counties. This additional access to high speed broadband will open the window for greatly enhancing the recruitment of new business and industry prospects in our part of the state.
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
- Congratulations to Charlotte County on the announcement of a new business in the Heartland Business Park - B2X Online, Inc. B2X is a wireless internet service provider based in Salem, Virginia and will partner with Mid Atlantic Broadband in the TV White Space Project. When finished, this project will allow access to broadband for households and businesses in Charlotte and Halifax Counties. The Tobacco Commission provided some of the funding for this project.
- I met with several constituents at Sheldon's Restaurant in Keysville on Tuesday, December 20 during my Pre-Legislative Listening Tour. It was a great chance to talk to people in person and hear their concerns as I prepare to return to Richmond.
- Congratulations to Sheriff Thomas Jones - the longest serving sheriff in Virginia. I presented his deputy, Johnnie Wright, with a resolution honoring his service (see photo). I salute Sheriff Jones for 28 years of service to Charlotte County!
It continues to be an honor to serve as your voice in Richmond. I encourage each of you to visit Richmond during session and see for yourself how legislation becomes laws. Please call my office, 804/698-1060, and we will be glad to help you plan a visit.
Quote of the Day:
Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. David Cameron