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 1,736 grants totaling more than
$1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. Click on Who are We at the left to learn more.
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.
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 at least three Centers of Excellence (CoE’s) for advanced manufacturing workforce training.
Per the recommendations in the BCG report, three committees have been formed and meetings of those Committees convened in August and November of 2013. The committees are a Curriculum Committee, Resources Committee, and Marketing Committee. The meetings provided the frame work to begin drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) document. The RFP was released on January 10, 2014 (see proposed timeline below).
Successful responses to the RFP will define CoE’s specifically targeted at medium-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs. These jobs are defined in part as requiring either significant experience or significant on-the-job training, so the strongest responses will focus on intensely hands-on training programs that raise skills and knowledge well above basic or entry levels.
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.
The industry recognized certifications are third party verifications of skills and are an absolute requirement for each of the CoE’s. It will also 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.
Proposed timeline is as follows:
Interested parties are invited to call or write the listed 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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