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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Distillery planning move to Danville’s River District

Vincent Puccio hopes to bring a whiskey distillery, retail store and tasting room to the River District by the end of the year.

He and his partner, William T. Willis, own and operate Dry Fork Fruit Distillery in Meadows of Dan in Patrick County. But they c...

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Crema & Vine getting closer to opening date

Anyone wondering when signs of progress would be visible at the Crema & Vine project got the question answered this week when the framework for the outdoor dining area’s awning was installed, the parking lot repaved, workers began assembling...

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Machining class ready to get in gear at GW

A new precision machining program, a revamped alternative education curriculum and several new administrators will all greet Danville Public Schools students when they return to classrooms Wednesday.

Dozens of new training machines and a spacious multi-roo...

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Taco-tequila bar, grocery store, brewpub coming to Craghead Street

A taco-tequila bar, a grocery store and a brewpub will be opening on Craghead Street’s 500 block, owner Rick Barker announced Monday.

Fresh, local ingredients and a choice of indoor and outdoor dining options will be part of each new business.

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Posted on: July 17, 2017

New trolley bus route geared toward shopping, other activities in River District

A new trolley bus route is coming to Danville next month.

Starting Aug. 4, the service will be available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. the first Friday of each month.

The Mainline trolley bus route will run from Ballou Park to the ...

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Posted on: July 17, 2017

Former Ritz Theater purchased in River District

The former Ritz Theater building at 534 Spring St. has been purchased with an eye toward renovating the structure for a new life in the River District.
Agostino Pugliese and his wife, Brandi — also owners of Dell’Anno’s Pizza ...
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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Cottontail Weddings & Events nears opening in latest River District project

Another new business is close to opening in the River District: Cottontail Weddings & Events.

Owner Matthew Switick said he expects the construction — which is in its finishing phase, with air conditioning being installed last week &mdash...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

More properties under development in River District

Two new projects were approved by the River District Design Commission recently, and while details have not been released, this adds two more properties to those under development in the district.

The 9,900-square-foot former warehouse at 534 Bridge St. ha...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

Students place in national SkillsUSA competition

Four Dan River Region precision machining students placed in a national competition.

Six students from Danville Community College and Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skil...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

‘Future I-785 Corridor’ signs return to Danville as ‘a symbol of a promise’

Highways signs reading “Future I-785 Corridor” have been reinstalled along the U.S. 29 bypass from the Virginia-North Carolina border to its intersection at U.S. 58.

State and local officials unveiled the sign during a ceremony Tuesday ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Salon opens in River District after owner drawn to downtown atmosphere

Another new business has joined the growing River District with Snipz Hair Studio holding a grand opening celebration Monday at 326 Main St.

Danville Mayor John Gilstrap welcomed Angel Mac to downtown, noting a drive through the River District inspired her...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Improvement Versus Reinvention: Impressions from Virginia

Amid reassurances from our hosts that Virginia’s weather isn’t usually overcast, rainy and chilly in the middle of May, I and three other media guests traveled town to town for three days visiting, all in all, 10 manu...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Marketing efforts for White Mill site ‘encouraging’

The Danville Industrial Development Authority officially owns the White Mill property on Memorial Drive, with the final paperwork signed Tuesday morning, Corrie Teague Bobe, assistant director of economic development, said.

The IDA announced its plans to p...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Noblis renews commitment to Danville, intends to increase personnel

The Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing — a high-tech supercomputer company at 527 Bridge St. — announced Monday it has signed a second five-year lease to continue doing business in Danville.

The company plans to instal...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Purchase agreement signed for $100 million project at Berry Hill Industrial Park

A second business has signed a purchase agreement for acreage in the Berry Hill Industrial Park, the Regional Industrial Facility Authority announced at a meeting Monday.

Enviva Development Holdings LLC has signed an agreement to buy a 168-acre tract along...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

DCC precision machining students head to National SkillsUSA Championships

Three of Danville Community College’s precision machining students will compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships during the week of June 19 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Quin Motley of Chatham, Stephen Chambers of Axton, and Artsem Fitsner of t...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Kelvin G. Perry has joined the Danville Office of Economic Development as project manager.

Kelvin G. Perry has joined the Danville Office of Economic Development as project manager.

His responsibilities include the recruitment and retention of businesses and developers to the River District, assisting with the manageme...

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Kyocera SGS breaks ground on facility in Cyber Park

Kyocera SGS corporate leadership and local officials from Danville and Pittsylvania County participated Monday in a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a 30,000 square-foot facility in Cyber Park to research, develop and...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Council approves purchase of White Mill property

Danville City Council voted Tuesday night to appropriate $1.5 million from the general fund to go to the Industrial Development Authority toward the purchase of the White Mill property, which includes eight parcels.

Councilmen voted 7-2 for the motion, wit...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

Agenda package for the Monday, April 10, 2017 RIFA

The agenda package for the Monday, April 10, 2017 Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority (RIFA) Meeting is now available for download at the following link:
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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Blue Ridge Fiberboard to invest $2M in Danville plant

Blue Ridge Fiberboard plans to invest $2 million to improve efficiency at its Danville plant.

The Danville Office of Economic Development announced the investment Thursday at the former Masonite plant.

Blue Ridge Fiberboard employs 119 people at its plant a...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

A MILESTONE With Berry Hill Industrial Park groundbreaking, hopes to attract thousands of jobs

After more than eight years of work by regional officials and years of wrangling with bureaucratic regulations, leaders finally broke ground at the 3,500-acre Berry Hill Industrial Park on Thursday afternoon.

The groundbreaking ceremony was for phase one d...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

IDA plans to buy White Mill property in Danville

White Mill Building

The Industrial Development Authority plans to buy the White Mill property — including the building — for $3 million.

Danville City Council will hold a first reading on whether to appropriate $1.5 million from its general fund for the ID...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Ribbon cutting planned for Berry Hill Industrial Park

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore will come to the Dan River Region next week for a ribbon cutting at Berry Hill Industrial Park in southwestern Pittsylvania County.

The ribbon cutting for grading of a 133-acre pad at the park will take...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Kyocera building moving forward in Danville’s Cyber Park

Work should begin at the upcoming Kyocera SGS Tech Hub site at the Cyber Park within the next three months, said Danville’s director of economic development.

Telly Tucker told the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority board...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Riverfront park vision detailed to council

RiverPArk

A cascading water wall. Steps and lawn terraces facing the Dan River. An oval lawn large enough to throw a Frisbee, hold a community concert, host a Flag Day event or stage food truck rodeos.

Those are all part of a vision for a Riverfront park proposed by...

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Posted on: March 11, 2017

Downtown draw: Plans for riverfront park bring excitement to leaders, River District businesses

Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen on Main Street downtown has seen more customers during its lunch rush since Spectrum Medical opened in the River District Tower last week. A new riverfront could bring even more business if it’s buil...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Spectrum Medical is set to open its new offices

Spectrum Medical is set to open its new offices and begin taking patients at the former Dan River Research Building — now River District Tower — at Bridge Street on Monday.

Danville Economic Development Director Telly Tucker said the re...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Work to begin grading 133 acres at the 3,500-acre Berry Hill industrial mega park should begin soon.

Work to begin grading 133 acres at the 3,500-acre Berry Hill industrial mega park should begin soon.

The Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority board voted Friday morning to approve a resolution accepting a $3.77 million bid from Haym...

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Posted on: February 20, 2017

Rick Barker’s $10 million renovation of most of the 500 block of Craghead Street is moving along,

Rick Barker’s $10 million renovation of most of the 500 block of Craghead Street is moving along, with the first phase of the project — the Hughes and Venable buildings — on schedule for completion in May.

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Announces DCC’s Designation as a Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense

Governor McAuliffe Announces Danville Community College’s Designation as a Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense

~The determination was made by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security~

 

Danville –&...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

JTI Leaf Services expanding in Danville

The 110,000-square-foot expansion will accommodate additional storage for unprocessed and processed tobacco.

The expansion is a way to be more efficient and secure and retain the 300 full-time and seasonal jobs that already exist at JTI, Steve Daniels, pre...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Power rate fixes help Intertape to expand

The news this week that Intertape Polymer is investing $22 million in its local plant to add manufacturing lines is a huge turnaround from two years ago when an unexpected electric rate increase from Danville Utilities threw the company’s budget...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Goodyear to mark 50 years in Danville next week

Goodyear — Danville’s largest private employer — broke ground in Danville 50 years ago and cured its first tire on Nov. 25, 1966.

The company’s Danville plant manager gave a history of the factory during the Danville...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Lidl work begins: Building permit issued for 36,000-square-foot grocery store

Work has begun on the 5.4-acre site that German grocery chain Lidl purchased last November at the intersection of Piedmont Drive and Piedmont Place.

A building permit to construct a 36,000-square-foot grocery store was issued last week.

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Intertape Polymer growing; $22 million investment expected to add new manufacturing lines

CHATHAM — Intertape Polymer Group plans to invest $22 million in several new manufacturing lines at its facility near Ringgold.

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted to offer incentives of up to $144,319 over three years in machine and too...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Essel Propack has purchased a new $6 million tubing machine

Essel Propack has purchased a new $6 million tubing machine that will produce more than three times that of the plant’s other equipment in Danville.

Known as the SHOT (super high output tubing) line, the machine will be up and running by mid-Nove...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Plans announced for 500 block of Craghead Street

The 500 block of Craghead Street is in the middle of a massive renovation, encompassing eight of the nine buildings on the block — all purchased by Rick Barker Properties over the past two years.

Barker first completed the first floor of 554 Craghead S...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

With craft brewery, pair continues River District transformation

The two men who have partnered in two successful development projects in the River District — the Pemberton Lofts on Bridge Street and the Continental Lofts on Craghead Street — have teamed up again to bring a craft brewery to the district.

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Kyocera SGS Precision Tool Inc. (KSPT)

KYOCERA

Kyocera SGS Precision Tool Inc. (KSPT), a wholly owned Kyocera Corp. (KYO) company and a leader in solid carbide cutting tool manufacturing, announced today that it will invest $9.5 million to establish a North American technology and strategic manufactur...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Official: Commitments are signs precision machining pipeline effort is working

“We wouldn’t be here without this.”

“This” is the effort that has been made in the Dan River Region to provide more training programs to get people ready to work in precision machining fields, according to Alan Pearce, president and CEO of Kyocera SGS ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Work is underway at the former AVRC building in Cyber Park

Work is underway at the former AVRC building in Cyber Park to transform it into the North American headquarters of Overfinch, the British car company that customizes Range Rovers and transforms them into luxury vehicles.

Corrie Teague, Danville’s deput...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Governor: New jobs, investment a 'huge win’ for region

Kyocera SGS Tech Hub LLC — which announced Thursday it was bringing 35 jobs and $9.5 million in investment to the Dan River Region — plans to begin manufacturing in Danville in November and open up in its own separate facility in the Cyber Park in early 2...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Fast facts about Kyocera and SGS Tool

Kyocera Corp. is a huge company that operates plants and offices around the world. It recently purchased SGS Tool Co. in Munroe Falls, Ohio, and has renamed the company.

In Danville, a new plant will be opened in the Cyber Park and will be named Kyocer...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

DCC program takes ‘training to a new level’

The number of the Dan River Region’s students in advanced manufacturing has increased by three times since five years ago. That means there are more qualified workers for jobs like the ones announced by Kyocera SGS Tech Hub LLC on Thursday afternoon.

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Averett debuts new $5.2 million stadium, saying ‘this changes Danville’

Averett University unveiled the new Frank R. Campbell Stadium and presented the space as a venue for the entire Dan River Region during a news conference and tour Wednesday.

“This changes Danville,” said Averett Athletic Director Meg Stevens. “This cha...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Telvista hopes to hire 150 new full-time workers by the end of the year,

Telvista hopes to hire 150 new full-time workers by the end of the year, said the company’s site director.

The addition to its workforce will result in a total of more than 650 jobs at the customer service provider’s location at 119 Cane Creek Blvd. in...Read on...

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

British luxury SUV enhancer chooses Danville

A British “enhancer” of luxury SUVs plans to locate its engineering and production facility in Danville, bringing 41 new jobs -- paying an average of $45,000 per year -- and millions of dollars in investment.

Overfinch North America made the announceme...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Danville receives Virginia Main Street Merit award

Posted on: July 15, 2016

On behalf of the City of Danville, the River District Association was presented this week with a Virginia Main Street Merit Award for Best Downtown Public Improvement Project at the Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections C...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2012

Gamewood offers Internet TV in Danville

Getting TV over broadband fiber is the best way to watch high definition television, one local provider says.

And without the city’s efforts to build out broadband with the nDanville network and its connection to the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 13, 2012

Danville company grows to connect businesses to IT services

Running a business requires documents, data and administrative or back-office functions.

Horizontech Inc., a global technology services company that’s been headquartered in Danville since 2007, helps companies or government agencies store and process d...Read on...

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Posted on: February 13, 2012

A River District renaissance

The city of Danville and Danville Regional Foundation are working together to bring about a renaissance of Danville’s River District — an area spanning from Ridge Street to Riverside Drive and Poplar Street to the Carrington Pavilion. But we need the invo...Read on...

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Posted on: February 13, 2012

Supercomputing buzzing in Danville

Danvillian Phillip Hayes Jr. loved deconstructing and toying with his computer as a kid.

After earning a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University, he never expected to find a job in his chosen career field in Danville. That was until ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2012

Danville tobacco company partners with Institute

JTI Leaf Services in Danville partnered with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for needed laboratory services to ensure quality tobacco blends.

Since the announcement of the joint venture company in 2009, JTI Leaf Services quickly learne...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2012

Startup, store may come to Danville downtown

Board members of the Industrial Development Authority of Danville on Thursday approved financial help to renovate space downtown so a small startup technology-based company could lease it.

The space in the top floor of the building next to Noblis and t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2012

Danville-designed battery passes go-kart test

On Thursday, LiFeBatt USA in Danville tested a prototype battery pack on an electric go-kart inside Dan River Grand Prix on Riverside Drive.

LiFeBatt CEO Don Harmon and Chief Operating Officer Michelle Robinson seized the chance to test the 64-cell, 48...Read on...

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Posted on: February 9, 2012

Danville college focuses on training students to get jobs

Danville Community College has taken an aggressive role in training Southside’s workforce.

The college even has a whole facility — RCATT — dedicated to training to assist with economic development.

Each year DCC partners with up to 25 businesses in ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2012

A New Economic Outlook Report is Now Available!

In this document, you will find key pieces of data that will give you a clear view of the city of Danville’s economic condition.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012

Southside cooperative expands to attract money, jobs

High-tech companies wouldn’t want to come to the region without access to broadband to send large amounts of data quickly.

Twelve years ago, Southside leaders foresaw the need for the rural region to be able to compete like this with larger cities in a...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2012

New office space available in the River District

The River District is now home to 7,056 square feet of new office space. Our Common Ground LLC, a company owned by Danvillian Barry Koplen and former Danvillian Sarah Lee Michaels, has purchased and renovated the former Franklin Discount Company, located ...Read on...

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