July is here and people are continuing to fire-WORK on their communities! Check out these exciting new updates on broadband, new businesses, regional funding and more. Let’s continue making change happen in our area! 


Please share our newsletter with friends and family and encourage others to subscribe.

If you have any good news to share, make sure to email emma@appvoices.org so that we can continue watching Southwest Virginia ascend.


Budget includes money for Hurley, Central Virginia Training Center

 The Virginia General Assembly has approved their two-year budget, which includes $4 billion in tax cuts and $1.25 billion for school construction across the state, and $400,000 for economic development programs in SWVA’s coal counties. 


Lebanon restaurant awarded Virginia Coalfield Economic Development grant

The Weeping Willow Café and Tap House has been awarded a $10,000 Seed Capital Matching Fund Grant by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. The restaurant is projected to add six jobs to the area.


Biotechnology firm in Wise aims to expand

After arriving in the area two years ago, SolarBiotech is looking to add 100 new positions within the next five years and begin building a 35,000-square-foot expansion to its existing facility in the Esserville Industrial Park. SolarBiotech is working with Mountain Empire Community College to develop their Bioprocessing Operator Certification program, which will allow students to apply work experience at SolarBiotech for course credit. 


Virginia among the first states to receive allocations from $10B broadband fund

Virginia is set to receive $219.8 million from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund to expand access to broadband internet. This funding requires that service providers offer discounts to customers living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and provide service speeds of at least 100 megabytes per second. 

MECC project gets program’s technical help

The Opportunity Appalachia program will give technical assistance to Mountain Empire Community College’s amphitheater project. The planned 1,000-seat amphitheater will host local cultural programs and aid in job expansion in the region.


Job Opportunities


Powered by Appalachian Voices
816 Park Avenue NW,  | Norton, Va.

Manage your email subscriptions | Unsubscribe