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Broadband in rural areas a top priority to legislators

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Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) and Delegate James Edmunds (R-Halifax) agree that finding additional funding for the broadband initiative in rural Virginia will be priorities for them in the upcoming General Assembly session.

The General Assembly convenes Wednesday in Richmond for a “long” session, which will adjourn on March 10 — a total of 60 days.

Ruff is focused on funding the expansion of broadband into rural Virginia, admittedly an expensive proposition.

The tobacco commission has committed $10 million to broadband expansion, but more money is needed, Ruff said.

“That’s the thing we need to enhance.”

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has applied for a grant through the tobacco commission to supplement the costs of providing broadband through fiber to its customers, according to Edmunds.

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60th District Digest August 11, 2017

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NFIB: Delegate James Edmunds Earns 100% Rating on Small Business Issues

RICHMOND, August 11, 2017- Nicole Riley, State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, announced today that Delegate James Edmunds earned a score of 100% on the 2016-2017 NFIB/Virginia Voting Record. NFIB/Virginia is the commonwealth's leading small-business association, with 6,700 small-business members statewide.

"What this means is that Delegate Edmunds has stood up for Virginia's job creators time and again on important issues such as addressing the rising costs of healthcare, opposing efforts to place additional mandates on the backs of small business and reforming Virginia's regulatory structure," Riley said.

Small businesses account for 98 percent of the commonwealth's employers and employ nearly half of Virginia's non-government workforce, according to federal government statistics.

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60th District Digest May 2, 2017

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HALIFAX:
There has been a lot of local news this past week, chief of which is the mighty flooded Dan River. Businesses in South Boston and other locations have suffered a lot of damage because of the speed of the rising water. Although the river has now receded, the real work started with the clean-up.

I was at Staunton River State Park when the park hosted Governor McAuliffe on the last of his visits to 37 Virginia State Parks. The Commonwealth has much to offer with the natural beauty found at all these parks and I am proud that we have several in the 60th District.

Staunton River State Park Gov. McAuliffe visit

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Hotel will create 76 new jobs

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Project gets support from state program

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and state leaders have pledged support for the Hotel Weyanoke’s renovation and restoration project in Farmville — one that’s slated to create 76 new jobs and spur more than $7 million for the economy of the town.

The announcement was made Wednesday on the steps of the historic hotel, located at 202 High St. in downtown Farmville.

Pictured are, from left, Farmville Town Manager Gerald Spates, project developer Garrett Shifflett, Shelia Bradley, representing Del. James Edmunds, state Sen. Mark Peake, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, Farmville Mayor David Whitus and Weyanoke co-owner Ross Fickenscher.

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60th District Digest Feb. 17, 2017

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Richmond:
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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