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Board supports business pilot program

Gloucester supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to allocate $15,000 to the Virginia Community Business Launch, a pilot program designed to encourage the creation of small business opportunities.

Gloucester was one of three communities that received up to a $100,000 grant under the VCBL, which is an initiative of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan.

According to Main Street Preservation Trust executive director Jenny Crittenden, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development reached out to 11 organizations and local governments it thought would be viable choices for the program.

Gloucester made the first cut, she said, and moved onto the second round of the grant application process, which involved a four-hour in-depth interview. Main Street Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association representatives officially received the award from the state Secretary of Commerce during Virginia’s Economic Summit that was held last month in ...

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