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Hampton Roads, Virginia — The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) is pleased to announce it has selected its 2021 Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) recipients, recognizing James City County and the City of Williamsburg for their efforts in advancing economic vitality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VEDA recognized Surry County with an honorable mention award for the expansion of broadband internet for residents and businesses in the community. Award recipients were recognized during the VEDA 2021 Spring Conference on March 19. Entries are judged on factors that include innovativeness, transferability, community commitment, and the benefits derived for each.
VEDA will submit the two winning entries to the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) for consideration at its similar award program that will take place later this year. Last year, Pittsylvania County, Danville and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance went on to win the SEDC award among the southern states for its planning efforts to regain jobs and investment in that region.
“The challenges facing Virginia’s economic development organizations were unprecedented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jenny Carter, Director of Workforce Partnerships and Projects at the Virginia Community College System and chair of VEDA’s CEDA awards committee. “All of our awards recipients shifted gears quickly on behalf of their communities to keep their local economies moving in the right direction.”
Surry County and Prince George Electric Cooperative’s subsidiary, RURALBAND, received a $2.25 million grant from the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative to extend services to areas underserved by a broadband provider. By Feb. 2021, RURALBAND had connected 637 County residents to high-speed internet and set up multiple hot spots in the community to serve as hot spots available to all community members
Click here to view the acceptance of this award.