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Virginia Municipal League Conference - 2013. Town Section: Working together for economic Development. Town of Ashland/Hanover County. Town of Ashland – established 1858 Population – 7,289 Square Miles – 7.2 Total Budget (General, Capital Projects, Unreserved funds) - $14.9 million

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Virginia municipal league conference 2013

Virginia Municipal League Conference - 2013

Town Section:Working together for economic Development


Town of ashland hanover county
Town of Ashland/Hanover County

Town of Ashland – established 1858

  • Population – 7,289

  • Square Miles – 7.2

  • Total Budget (General, Capital Projects, Unreserved funds) - $14.9 million

  • Debt free community – Pay-as-you-go Capital Plan

    Hanover County- established 1720

  • Hanover County population – 100,668

  • Square Miles – 474

  • Total Budget (All funds including schools) - $372.6 million

  • AAA bond rating by all three agencies


We have had our disagreements
We have had our disagreements

  • 1996 Voluntary Settlement Agreement - annexation lawsuit

  • In return for allowing the Town to almost double in square mileage, the County took over operations of the Town’s water and wastewater systems. The Town Council also has final say where lines are extended within the corporate limits and received a lump sum cash payment to use for economic development purposes

  • Political fallout

  • Public perception


However it is getting better
However . . . It is getting better

  • The last 10 years the Town & County have worked hand-in-hand on several projects

  • Town/County Liaison Meetings

  • County Administrator & Town Manager

  • Expedited review process for development

  • Utilities, planning, project management


Specific projects
Specific Projects

  • Dominion Resources Innovation Center www.dominnovation.com (DRIC)


DRIC

  • Between 5-9 companies incubating since 2009

  • Tech Challenge Hanover

  • $10,000 prize put up by the business community

  • Next steps





Vitamin shoppe
Vitamin Shoppe

  • Vitamin Shoppe Distribution Facility

  • Flagship Center for the East Coast

  • 311,000 square feet

  • 170 new jobs immediately with up to 350 at full capacity

  • Town/County elected officials and staffs worked together

  • Governor’s Opportunity Fund




Points to remember
Points to remember

  • Communicate!!!!

  • Small victories can turn into big victories

  • Find a win-win. There has to be at least one!

  • Even if the political climate is difficult, professional staff can help mediate challenges.


Thank you
Thank you!

Charles Hartgrove, ICMA-CM

Town Manager

www.town.ashland.va.us

@TownofAshland


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