Broadband initiative scores VEDA award

By Terry Harris

Yoti Jabri, Economic Development Director for Surry County made an announcement concerning the ongoing effort to provide broadband access in Surry County during the March 4 regular board meeting of the Surry County Board of Supervisors.  

“I'm excited to announce that Surry County has won the 2020-21 Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA) Community Economic Honorable Mention Award in the Population Category 2,” Jabri said.

According to the letter apprising the county of the award, which was included in the board’s meeting packet, the CEDA Awards normally presented at their VEDA Spring Conference will be conducted virtually this year, and in order to recognize the CEDA recipients during the conference on Friday, March 19, 2021, “VEDA’s PR firm, Consociate Media will be filming all the recipients to put together a compilation video to show at the Spring Conference and “announce” the award recipients.”

The letter confirmed that award statues being shipped directly to winners, and that Consociate planned to do the filming of the winners sometime the week of March 8th to present during that virtual spring conference.  It ended with, “Thank you for your efforts on behalf of economic development for your region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Jabri explained at the meeting that the award was for the county’s work with Prince George Electric Coop and added that the county, “should be very proud of the award as it portrays the partnerships commitment to improving the quality of lives of our citizens and businesses.”

County Administrator Melissa Rollins described the project as “very important… because Prince George Co-op was the only ones who came to the table when it was time for us to get broadband to our citizens.”

“I hope y’all are proud of the award and kudos to the Economic Development Team,” she added.

Jabri also announced that there will be a virtual meeting for citizens and board members and Prince George Electric on March 16th at 5 p.m. where answers to questions that have been coming from citizens would be provided.

“I think it could give a lot of clarity on where the project is,” Jabri said. “Some of the areas I can state that were Dominion territories on Feb. 16th the SEC heard a case for Dominion and Prince George electric to have a partnership in regards to being a middle mile provider so they have to go through certain regulatories through the SEC being a utility and that will be more discussed at that time.”