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Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

September 27, 2016

Eastman Foundation

Martinsville, VA (September 27, 2016) – The Eastman Foundation has committed $125,000 to the effort to revitalize Fieldale, the site of its largest operation in Henry County.

Eastman officials presented a ceremonial check for that amount to the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative on September 6 at the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) offices. The money will go towards streetscape improvements, facade and/or grounds work at the Fieldale Recreation Center (formerly the Fieldale Community Center) and any other needed areas within the Fieldale business district, according to Mary Ann Mason, grant administrator for Henry County.

SBIF Business Plan Competition

September 8, 2016

Local entrepreneurs will have a chance to compete for funding, space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) business plan competition. Applications accepted September 6-October 14, 2016.

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Harvest Youth Board grants Smith River Sports Complex $2,500

August 22, 2016

Harvest Youth Board grants Smith River Sports Complex $2,500

The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) plans to broaden the age appeal of the children’s playground by enhancing it with a $2,500 grant from the Harvest Youth Board.The current children’s playground at the SRSC is designed for a target age range of 4-to-7 years, according to the project application. This expansion will extend the range from 2-to-12 years.

Airport Receives MACF Grant

August 11, 2016

Airport Receives MACF Grant

Martinsville Area Community Foundation (MACF) has awarded a grant of $25,000 from an anonymous donor-advised fund to the Blue Ridge Regional Airport for facility upgrades and beautification.


Solid Stone Fabrics to expand textile manufacturing operation

July 22, 2016

Solid Stone Fabrics to expand textile manufacturing operation

Solid Stone Fabrics, a textile manufacturer and distributor of stretch fabrics, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation in Henry County.  The expansion will accommodate new equipment and building improvements to the existing facility, and create 22 new jobs.