"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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News Releases - 2006

Harvest awards grants

Dec 17, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The Harvest Foundation has awarded about $1.7 million in grants, heavily focused on education initiatives. - Read More

College opening hailed

Oct 25, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Using the analogy of a "loaves and fishes story," Gov. Tim Kaine said on Tuesday that establishing the New College Institute here was the result of starting with very little but working toward a larger goal. - Read More

NCI to seek $1.5 million for next year

Oct 25, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: With the doors of the New College Institute open barely a month, college officials have started the process of requesting an extra $1.5 million for next year. - Read More

Harvest unveils $20M plan - Civic center, soccer complex will be built

Oct 10, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation on Monday unveiled details of its plan to provide $20 million to construct a fieldhouse and arena in Martinsville and a soccer complex in Henry County, an announcement officials said will be remembered. - Read More

Officials praise project

Oct 10, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: People of all ages are eager to see two new sports-related complexes that will be built in the Martinsville area. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation Announces $20 million Sports and Recreation Gift for the Martinsville-Henry County Community

Oct 9, 2006 - Martinsville, Virginia, October 9, 2006 - On Monday, October 9, 2006, The Harvest Foundation will host an announcement and celebration of a $20 million gift for advancement on the community’s vision for sports and recreation tourism for the Martinsville - Read More

New College launched - Master's program begins

Sep 24, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: After more than two years of planning, organizing, adjusting and a little legislative arm twisting, a new era in education started in the area Friday as the New College Institute held its first class in Martinsville. - Read More

College is reality - The New College Institute is open for education

Sep 24, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin Editorial: The first class began at the college on Friday. The master's of education course is offered through Averett University at the college's classroom building in uptown Martinsville. - Read More

Accelerated degree draws students

Sep 24, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: An accelerated degree was one of the main reasons several students in the New College Institute's first class gave for enrolling in the program. - Read More

NCI OKs budget for state funds

Aug 1, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) on Monday approved a preliminary budget for the $1.25 million allocated to the institution by the General Assembly. - Read More

NCI Board members sworn in

Aug 1, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) finished the final leg of its journey from local vision to state sponsorship on Monday, when the institution's 11-member board of directors was sworn in at its first official meeting. - Read More

New college funding may rise

Jul 7, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The New College Institute might get a $250,000 boost from the federal government next year. - Read More

College gets $2.4 million

Jun 24, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The New College Institute emerged from the state budget impasse with $2.4 million, enough to launch its operations and pilot program this fall. - Read More

Longwood professor heads to New College Institute

Jun 23, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The New College Institute (NCI) on Thursday welcomed to Henry County and Martinsville its first faculty-in-residence. - Read More

NCI may spark growth in city

Jun 22, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The rebirth of uptown Martinsville might be a vital side effect of the New College Institute (NCI), the college's executive director said Wednesday. - Read More

Smith to become more accessible

Jun 20, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - Water enthusiasts will find it easier to enjoy the Smith River after construction of two new access points along the river is complete. - Read More

New College Institute would receive more than expected

Jun 20, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin - The New College Institute likely will begin its first two years of existence with $100,000 more than expected. - Read More

Kaine signs bill for new college

Jun 15, 2006 - Gov. Timothy Kaine has signed legislation creating the New College Institute in Martinsville, his press secretary said Monday. - Read More

Kaine appoints NCI directors

Jun 14, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Gov. Tim Kaine on Tuesday named his seven appointees to the board of directors for the New College Institute (NCI). Six of the appointees are from Henry County and Martinsville. They are subject to approval by the General Assembly - Read More

Kaine to sign college bill here

Jun 9, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Gov. Tim Kaine is scheduled to sign the bill creating the New College Institute in Martinsville and Henry County on Wednesday, June 14. The signing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Chatmoss Country Club, according to the governor's sc - Read More

$2.4 million for New College Institute intact

Apr 13, 2006 - While keeping $2.4 million for the New College Institute, the House nixes funding for the Hillsville Bypass and slashes money for the Governor's Opportunity Fund, two measures local lawmakers say are essential to area economic development. - Read More

Kaine signs bill for new college

Apr 11, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Gov. Timothy Kaine has signed legislation creating the New College Institute in Martinsville, his press secretary said Monday, April 10. - Read More

Harvest grants awarded

Apr 2, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Grants, totaling $1,128,475, were awarded to six agencies working in the areas of health, education and welfare by the Harvest board on Thursday, March 30. - Read More

Budget debate does not halt NCI progress

Mar 15, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: Richmond's budget deadlock - which resulted in the scheduling of a special session for March 27 - has left funding for the New College up in the air. But institute officials nevertheless are working to plan a demonstration project - Read More

Senate approves college bill

Mar 7, 2006 - Martinsville-Henry County's journey from an industrial area to a college town took a giant step on Monday, March 6. House amendments to SB40,were unanimously approved by the Senate, sending the bil to the governor's desk for signature. - Read More

Creating a new college: Institute's flexibility may spell success

Mar 2, 2006 - Martinsville Bulletin: The directors of similar, education center-style institutions in the state say the New College will have one important advantage over its established, stand-alone counterparts -- flexibility. - Read More

Kaine vows to fund college

Feb 23, 2006 - Gov. Tim Kaine pledged during a Martinsville Town Hall meeting February 23 to "make sure the money is there" to start the New College Institute. - Read More

New College Institute: House, Senate OK bills

Feb 15, 2006 - Legislation that would establish the New College Institute cleared floor votes in both the House of Delegates and Senate on Tuesday. The Senate version of the bill passed unanimously while the House approved its version on a vote of 95-5. - Read More

New College Bill advances; final vote in House set

Feb 14, 2006 - Virginia's House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would create a new public college in the state's economically troubled Southside. - Read More

House panel clears college

Feb 12, 2006 - Legislation that would create the New College Institute cleared another hurdle on Friday when the House Appropriations Committee reported the bill to the House floor, said Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Collinsville. - Read More

Altered college bill advances

Feb 10, 2006 - The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday referred to the Senate floor the bill that would create the New College Institute, but not without making changes to the legislation. - Read More

New College proposal sails through

Feb 7, 2006 - With only one naysayer, a proposal to create the New College Institute in Martinsville and Henry County sailed through a House Education Committee on Monday, with a similar version slated to be considered in the Senate today. - Read More

College official OK with changes in bill

Feb 5, 2006 - Amendments to the bill creating the New College Institute are not a problem for the head of its planning commission. - Read More

College proposal advances

Feb 3, 2006 - Proposals for the creation of a new college in Martinsville and Henry County have moved to the next level. - Read More

New College: Senate bill starts process

Feb 2, 2006 - A bill aimed at creating the New College Institute will be presented this morning to members of the Health and Education Committee, according to State Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Ridgeway. - Read More

New College clears hurdle

Jan 29, 2006 - The New College Institute took a step toward reality last week, when the four-member Senate Higher Education Subcommittee unanimously voted to favorably report the college's enabling bill. - Read More

SCHEV hopes state will back institute

Jan 15, 2006 - The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia hopes the General Assembly will back the effort to establish the New College Institute in Martinsville or Henry County to help area students obtain baccalaureate degrees, a SCHEV official said Friday. - Read More

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously endorse New College Institute

Jan 13, 2006 - The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously endorsed the proposed New College Institute. - Read More

SCHEV backs new college

Jan 11, 2006 - A report issued by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) supports efforts to establish a program in Martinsville and Henry County that would grant four-year college degrees. - Read More

Council unanimously approves resolution in support of New College

Jan 11, 2006 - Martinsville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution in support of the proposed New College Institute. - Read More

Harvest matches governor's New College budget funds

Jan 11, 2006 - The Harvest Foundation has authorized $4.5 million to match the proposed $4.5 million in the governor's budget to establish the New College Institute. - Read More

Bills frame New College

Jan 8, 2006 - Local legislators say they plan to introduce both House and Senate bills to create the New College Institute in the Martinsville and Henry County area early in the legislative session that starts Wednesday. - Read More



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