The search is on for a new executive director for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, and on Friday morning IDA Chairman Chad Francis said a search committee is in the process of being formed with names to be revealed at next month’s meeting.
When the IDA board met Friday morning at the Southern Virginia Technology Park in South Boston, it was in agreement on hiring a consulting firm that will be made known to the public next month “with any luck,” Francis said adding, “It is forward progress.”
Kristy Johnson, who has been serving as interim director since former director Matt Leonard resigned last fall, said the board is “on schedule and on track” in the hiring process.
In addition to revealing more information about the search committee and consulting firm, the board plans to also elect officers at its March 15 meeting after the county board of supervisors selects two new IDA board members at its March 4 meeting.
In other business Friday morning, IDA board members took the following actions:
• Announced Southern Virginia GO Region 3 will hold an “all hands on” public meeting from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 27 followed by a reception at The Prizery with a “solid agenda” featuring a variety of guest speakers from throughout the region as well as a presentation from a Virginia Economic Development Partnership representative;
More than 100 people from throughout the region are expected to attend, according to Southern Virginia GO Region 3 board member and county IDA board member Nancy Pool.
• Were informed a golf tournament will be held on June 7 at Greens Folly Golf Course to raise funds for a naming opportunity at the high school in hopes of naming a classroom at the high school after Wanda Bostick Jeffress who passed away last March;
• Welcomed to the meeting new county administrator Scott Simpson who assumed his duties in February;
• Were updated on the upcoming Henrietta Lacks Commission meeting that will be held at the Southern Virginia Technology Park on Tuesday, March 19, and on the upcoming SOVA Innovation Summit concerning the partnership between the Mid-Atlantic Broadband and Microsoft to be held Tuesday at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Innovation Center; and
• Authorized Johnson to execute the Tobacco Regional Fund agreement for Aquatic for $125,000.