Promoting Economic Development in Virginia’s Tobacco Region
The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is a 31-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,831 grants totaling more than
$1,072,922,288 across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.
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To learn more about Commission's programs click Grant Funding Info at the left. Also be sure to see the profiles below for examples of significant programs and facilities supported by Commission grants.
The Tobacco Commission welcomes Evan Feinman as its newly appointed Executive Director
To fulfill the recommendations within the January 2013, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report, the Tobacco Commission (TICRC) in partnership with the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) initiated a project to fund three Centers of Excellence (CoE’s) for advanced manufacturing workforce training.
Per the recommendations in the BCG report, three workgroups for Curriculum, Resources, and Marketing were formed and convened in August and November of 2013. The meetings provided the frame work for a Request for Proposals (RFP) document which was released in January 2014. Proposals were received in April 2014 and the three regional CoEs that have been designated by the Commission in 2014 are based at the New College Institute in Martinsville, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing in Abingdon. All three Centers will serve multi-county areas through partnerships with community colleges and other education providers. Each CoE has been initially funded with grants of $2 million each.
The CoE’s will focus on three main job classifications. They are broadly identified as 1) machinists, 2) welders, and 3) industrial machinery mechanics. CoE’s will provide curriculum and training programs that produce students that achieve industry recognized certifications, such as NIMS for machinists, AWS for welding, and Siemens and/or NIMS for industrial mechanics. The targeted industries include but are not limited to aerospace, automotive, and heavy machinery manufacturers. CoE's are specifically targeted at medium-skilled training (above basic or entry levels) for advanced manufacturing jobs that are defined in part as requiring either significant experience or significant on-the job training.
The industry recognized certifications are third party verifications of skills and will be the most critical measure of success. By the third year of operation, each funded CoE will need to produce 70 to 80 students per year who achieve an above basic certification in one of the three job classifications identified split by the approximate ratio of 50% machining professionals, 28% welding professionals and 22% industrial maintenance mechanics.
Interested parties are invited to call or write TICR and CCAM contacts for additional information.
Workforce Plan Final Report
Advance Manufacturing Workforce Plan Presentation
Virginia Tobacco Commission's Indemnification Program has Ended
Since 2000, the Commission has made available $309 million to Virginia's tobacco producers and quota owners. In January 2012, the Commission announced that it has reached the end of its indemnification obligation. The final deadline for submission of Phase I Verification for Payment forms and Applications for Payment was June 30, 2012. The 2012 payment was the final distribution of Phase I Indemnification funds. The Commission has satisfied its statutory obligation to indemnify burley and flue-cured producers and quota owners, and the program has ended.
If you have any questions, please contact the Tobacco Commission office at 804-225-2027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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