New business center in Henry County breaks ground

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) A new business center officially broke ground Wednesday after more than a decade of planning.

They announced the first project, which will be a unique training center that will allow companies to train, and recruit while their new home is being built.

The land was bought by the county in 2007.

It's been a long, hard process for the planners of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, but all of them say it's been worth it now that they can announce the Commonwealth Centre for Advanced Training.

"We're always looking for an unfair advantage, as we say and we think this will hopefully give us that," says Martinsville Economic Development Corporation President/CEO, Mark Heath.

Project leaders say all of this land will eventually be home to different industries that will create hundreds of jobs and help the economy.

"Quality jobs, and lots of them, will truly be that rising tide that lifts all boats," says Economic Development Corporation Director, James McClain II.

The Patrick Henry Community College President says Henry County will win the economic development competition at this rate.

"It is the competitive edge because we know the competitive advantage is a workforce talent development strategy that works," says Patrick Henry Community College President, Angeline Godwin.

Ground was broken on the training center, then the hope is to recruit clients to start building their businesses here.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year, and should take 12 to 18 months.