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EDC Announces Staff Realignment to Focus on Talent Development

November 1, 2018

EDC ANNOUNCES STAFF REALIGNMENT TO FOCUS ON TALENT DEVELOPMENT

The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is realigning key positions in its organization to support talent development. With a 4.1% unemployment rate in Martinsville-Henry County, businesses need more skilled employees to join their workforce. Area companies cite this as one of their biggest business challenges.

Sarah Hodges, Director of Tourism, will now also serve as Director of Talent Development.  In this role, she will work with area companies to develop strategies to attract qualified employees.

Beth Stinnett has been named Assistant Director of Tourism and will lead the day-to-day management of the Tourism Division.

Valerie Harper, current Director of the Small Business Division, will serve as Director of Business Development. 

With this realignment, the EDC will be better positioned to help companies recruit experienced employees. 

“The better equipped our community is to attract skilled talent, the better we’ll fare in attracting and retaining businesses,” said Mark Heath, President & CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County EDC.

“Today’s workers are focused on more than just job opportunities that a region offers,” says Heath.  “They want to know about the schools, amenities, outdoor activities, etc. in our region.  Tourism will play a role in recruiting tomorrow’s job candidates and that’s why our realignment with the director of Tourism heading up Talent Development makes strategic sense.”


Governor Northam Announces 300 New Jobs in Henry County

September 19, 2018

Governor Northam Announces 300 New Jobs in Henry County

Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that Monogram Food Solutions will invest $30 million and create 300 new jobs expand its Henry
County manufacturing operation.


Mountain Valley Brewing expands in Henry County

September 5, 2018

Mountain Valley Brewing expands in Henry County

Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that Mountain Valley Brewing will invest $174,000 and create five new jobs to more than double production, sourcing over 65 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers.


Press Glass to be first company at Commonwealth Crossing, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000 SF manufacturing operation in Henry County and employ 212

July 30, 2018

Press Glass to be first company at Commonwealth Crossing

Press Glass will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000 SF manufacturing operation in Henry County and employ 212


New signs that project a new image of Henry County have been installed at two entrances to the county

May 29, 2018

New Image of Henry County

New signs that project a new image of Henry County have been installed at two entrances to the county.