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Job creation tops list of regional priorities

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission ranked job creation and retention as major regional priorities in adopting its 2016 Community Development Block Grant Regional Priorities list March 23 in Saluda.

Commission members were briefed that more than 70 percent of workers who live in the six counties and three towns of the Middle Peninsula work outside of that district, according to MPPDC executive director Lewis Lawrence. That’s more than 30,000 workers who leave here to go to Richmond, Newport News and other localities for their jobs.

Lawrence said the commission did not identify any specific project for CDBG funding in the coming year.

Linked to job creation and retention, the commission also listed other high priorities as development readiness (worker training for certain job sectors) and business district revitalization.

Ranked as medium priorities for CDBG purposes were comprehensive community development, community facilities and community service facilities....

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