Promoting Economic Development in Virginia’s Tobacco Region
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-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 1,940 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.
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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.
April 26, 2016 Summit Registration
Agenda and Meeting Materials
In 2015 the Center for Rural Virginia completed a report based on stakeholder input sessions in planning districts across the Tobacco Region. The report describes economic development priorities in each district, and is provided here to stimulate discussion at the Commission’s upcoming Summit sessions.
Rural Center Strategic Plans Assessment Report 4/30/15
Changes to Tobacco Commission processes effective July 1, 2015
Legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly session under Code of Virginia sections 3.2-3100 et seq. , requires several enhancements and changes to the Tobacco Commission's grant processes and other organizational aspects, effective July 1, 2015. Click here to read more ...
As part of these enhancements, the Commission has established a Revolving Loan Fund in partnership with Virginia Resources Authority. Click here to see more...
To fulfill the recommendations within the January 2013, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report, the Tobacco Commission (TRRC) 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. Click to read more...
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 email@example.com.
Investing in the Regional Economy
Research & Development
Ply Gem Windows to expand operations in Rocky Mount, VA
Drake Extrusion, Inc. expands into Henry County
Expanding the spotlight in Bristol, VA
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
City of Bristol Welcomes Nulife Glass January 2015
Carroll County Welcomes CWW Conveyor Systems, LLC
Carroll County Welcomes Andrews Farming and ANDO Logistics
Charlotte County Welcomes Blue Ridge Railcar Repair
Commonwealth Crossing - Megasite Breaks Ground
Henry County Welcomes Starsprings USA
Henry County Welcomes Hardide Coating, Inc. January 2015
Henry County Welcomes Monogram Food Solutions
Grayson County Welcomes - McAllister Mills
Grayson Welcomes - Oak Hall Cap & Gown
Grayson County Welcomes Independence Lumber
Grayson County Welcomes Hansen Turbine
Grayson County Welcomes - Core Health & Fitness
Greensville County Welcomes - 510nano, Inc.
Franklin County Welcomes Trinity Packaging Corporation
Henry County Welcomes Kilgour Industries
Lunenburg County Welcomes - Global Refining Group
Martinsville - Henry - ebay to add 191 jobs
Mecklenburg - Microsoft Expansion Project
Positive Outlook of Southern Virginia Economic Development
Precision Machining at John Tyler Community College - Youtube video prepared by John Tyler Community College
Research & Development Project Wins National Award
Scott County Welcomes TeleTech Holdings, Inc.
Smyth County Welcomes Mayville Engineering Company
Tazewell Welcomes - Tadano Mantis Corporation
Tazewell Welcomes - Simmons Equipment Company
Washington County Welcomes Qore Systems
Wise County Welcomes NorrisBuilt