"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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Officials endorse college proposal

September 28, 2004

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Monday joined the chorus of local groups endorsing a proposed college in the Martinsville-Henry County area.

The board adopted a resolution supporting the state's establishment of a new college in this area.

It also supports the state's acceptance of the $50 million challenge grant made by The Harvest Foundation. 

The resolution stated that higher education can be the catalyst for economic revitalization in Southside Virginia and calls for a new public college in Southside have been made over the years by state Sen. Charles Hawkins, R-Chatham, and more recently by Lt. gov. Tim Kaine.

It noted that the state does not have the money to establish a new college without substantial local funding, and that The Harvest Foundation had offered the $50 million challenge grant to begin the college in the Martinsville-Henry County area.

Plans for the college, including an accelerated, full-time schedule and also a weekend college system, are "non-traditional and innovative and seek to stimulate the regional economy and provide accessible higher education to the underserved students in the region."




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