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Closing the gap

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In both Halifax and Charlotte counties, the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation has now connected 100 rural households to the Internet, for free.

Why is this a big deal?

In the United States, nearly 34 million people have minimal or nonexistent Internet connections. And 24 million of these people live in rural or countryside areas. With an ever-changing and advancing economy, the Internet is crucial in developing skills and workforce abilities, especially for kids. This lack of access exacerbates the divide between wealthy and less-well off communities, between urban and rural, and is a nationwide problem.

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60th District Digest Feb. 17, 2017

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I was honored last week to receive the Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business Award for the fourth consecutive year. During this session, I continue to be an advocate for businesses, both large and small. Some of the legislation that I have supported so far include the following:

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60th District Digest Sept. 21

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The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has announced an October 1, 2015 application deadline for the Agribusiness Grant Program.

Priority uses of Agribusiness grant funds include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting tobacco farmers in transitioning into alternative agriculture enterprises, including traditional and specialty crops and livestock, wood products, aquaculture, viticulture and other agricultural products.
    • Assisting farmers with improved production techniques that result in increased profitability.
    • Increasing net farm income.
    • Expanding market opportunities for agricultural products, either through expansion of existing products and markets, or identification of new products and markets.
    • Finding new ways to add value to agricultural products.
    • Pilot and demonstration programs that have the potential for transferability. All applications must be submitted through the Commission's new on-line applicant portal,


Good news for any organization or individual who is searching for grant opportunities!

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60th District Digest February 13

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  • Crossover was Tuesday, February 10 and we are now we are only debating Senate bills. The bills I introduced have all been approved by the House and are now in the Senate for debate.
  • HB 2319: My bill to add a ninth member to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors was passed by the House (98-Y 2-N) and has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Local Government.
  • My Scenic Dan River bill, HB 1507, has already been approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is in the full Senate now.
  • My bills on the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (HB2193) and State Park Master Plan (HB2226) have both been assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

A couple of other important pieces of legislation that have implications in our district were heard and acted upon this week:

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Edmunds Receives Appointment to Tobacco Commission

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Richmond – James Edmunds (R – Halifax), who is serving his third term representing the 60th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, was appointed today to serve on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

Delegate Edmunds is owner and operator of Edmunds Farms in Halifax. He also owns and operates Non Typical Outdoors, a company producing and distributing seed plot mixes specifically formulated for wildlife. In addition, Delegate Edmunds has operated the Halifax County Fair for the past four years. A graduate of Averette College (now University), he is a fourth-generation, life-long resident of Halifax County and has been operating the family farm since his father's untimely death in 1988. He is married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and has two children, Paul – 14 and Caroline – 10.

"Being appointed to the Tobacco Commission was one of my highest priorities. I am extremely pleased to be able to have a direct impact on decisions made by the Commission that affect so many farmers and businesses in the communities I represent," stated Edmunds.

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