By Holly Kozelsky
The area’s high unemployment has cleared up, and now the pressing problem is lack of places where people who work here want to live.
That’s the premise that created a new role with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation: housing & revitalization coordinator, filled by Jeff Sadler of Richmond.
Sadler recently was the associate director of the Community Revitalization Office at the Richmond Department of Housing and Community Development. He is the principal and lead consultant for Complete Community Economies LLC, which handles comprehensive revitalization plans for areas in transition. That includes housing options, business development efforts and tax-based renewal and strengthening.
He is a contract employee, he said, and will work three days a week in Martinsville, where he has an apartment in the uptown area, and be in Richmond otherwise.