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Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “To promote economic growth and development in tobacco dependent communities.”. Tobacco Commission Overview. Created in 1999 as political subdivision of Commonwealth under Code of VA

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Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission

“To promote economic growth and development

in tobacco dependent communities.”

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Tobacco Commission Overview

  • Created in 1999 as political subdivision of Commonwealth under Code of VA

  • 31 member Commission of elected officials (10), Cabinet members (3), tobacco growers (6), citizens (gubernatorial appointees).

  • Two-fold mission, using 50% of annual tobacco settlement payments

    - indemnify tobacco growers and quota holders for lost production opportunities, and

    • economic revitalization of tobacco-dependent region

  • Strategic Plan, Annual Report on website

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Tobacco Commission regions

Southside & Southwest

34 counties, seven cities, 1 million residents

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Restructuring a Regional Economy

  • Regional economies historically based on tobacco, textiles, furniture, coal, etc.

    (low wage, education not required)

  • What exactly is “economic revitalization” and what does that include/involve?

  • If you have a windfall of money, how should you use it to accomplish “economic revitalization?”

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Signature investments

  • Education – expanding availability of career training “ladders” from GED to community college to bachelors and beyond

  • Broadband – nearly 1,700 miles of new, robust, affordable, open-access fiber

  • Replacing lost jobs with global industries investing in fully-served sites (e.g. IKEA, Tempur Pedic, Pepsi/Gatorade) including mega-sites/projects

  • Create a new R&D presence leading to commercialization in energy, agriculture, motorsports, modeling & simulation, nanotech etc.

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Agribusiness grants

  • Value-added diversification, providing new income for producers from sales outside the region

  • Examples: beef cattle handling/genetics; aquaculture; viticulture; organic crops;

    dairy comfort;

    bee colonies;

    hair sheep;

    farmers markets;

    bio-energy …

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Fuels from plant feedstocks

Grant in 2006 to VT and Windy Acres Nursery (Gretna) to demonstrate pyrolysis process for producing bio-diesel and additional products using plant materials and proprietary catalysts

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Two demo sites now producing diesel(VT and Piedmont Bioproducts)

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R&D centers

Centers funded in mid-2008 for construction/development:

Wise Tech Park Region 2000/CAER Piedmont Bioproducts

nanotechnology nuclear biomass


coal biomass clean energy M&S

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Ethanol on its way

Osage barley-fed plant in Hopewell (under construction) and Chase City (planned)


Chase City (Mecklenburg)

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Private investments announced(90 jobs, $13.4 million private investment)

Synergy bio diesel (Lee)

Donnachaidh poplars Lignetics pellets (Pittsylvania) (Lunenburg)

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Biomass South - Sept 2008

  • Southern Co (AL & GA Power)– working to convert coal-fired plants to wood/s-grass fired

  • Range Fuels– cellulosic plant in Soperton GA underway (wood torrefaction, s-grass, sorghum)

  • UT/DuPont Danisco/Genencor– pilot corncob/ s-grass refinery (grower contracts)

  • Fibrowatt - poultry litter to energy, plants in PA & NC

  • OK Bioenergy Ctr– s-grass/sorghum test plots

  • MSU – research on extracting oil from wastewater

  •; June 7-9, Biloxi

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Outcomes for tobacco region

  • Private capital investment = tax revenue

  • Job creation = personal income

  • Agricultural income from feedstock production

  • Research capability and IP licensing

  • Cleaner, more affordable, locally-produced fuels for businesses, institutions etc.

  • Attract and retain dollars in the local economy

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For additional info, or to discuss a potential project:

Neal Noyes, Executive Director

(804) 225-2027 [email protected]

Ned Stephenson, Deputy Director

(804) 786-7690 [email protected]

Tim Pfohl, Grants Director

(804) 786-2403 [email protected]

Sarah Capps, Grant Administrator – Southern VA

(434) 432-7203 [email protected]

Sara Williams, Grant Administrator – Southwest

(276) 619-4325 [email protected] or toll free (877) 807-1086