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February 18, 2014

Va. hoping to add 268 jobs

TAZEWELL, Va. — Officials in Tazewell County are hoping to attract a new company to the county that could create 268 new jobs.

Members of the county Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 earlier this month to support the county Industrial Development Authority plan to enter into a performance grant agreement with the Virginia Tobacco Commission for a development dubbed “Project Jonah.”

The agreement seeks a $1 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for a feasibility and site study for the location of the proposed development, which could create a minimum of 268 jobs for Tazewell County, according to the Industrial Development Authority.

Spencer said the proposed development would involve “processing.” He said the title “Project Jonah” is simply a code name for the prospective business.

“This is not a done deal,” Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer said. “We will know more within the next six months.”

Spencer said the unidentified company also is looking at sites in other states.

“We are certainly very hopeful that the company will come to Tazewell, all along we have tried to have more jobs available in Tazewell for the younger generation,” Spencer said.

Spencer said a performance grant agreement would require the company to meet the terms of the agreement, or a repayment of the grant money would have to be made.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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