Uptown Partnership receives $90K Community Business Launch Award

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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that local business owners and community organizations will benefit from more than $4.4 million in grants for 33 investment projects across the Commonwealth. These projects will create and support business development, economic recovery, and the redevelopment of industrial and commercial structures. “This is about renovating old buildings, investing in neighborhoods, […]

Governor Northam Announces $2 Billion Public-Private Broadband Investment

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RICHMOND—Governor Northam announced that Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state broadband investments, putting the Commonwealth on track to become one of the first states to achieve universal broadband access by 2024. Virginia anticipates more than $2 billion in total broadband funding, thanks to local and private-sector matching funds […]

September: Community survey – what we learned

Kate Keller President

Thank you to all that participated in Harvest’s Community Survey last month!  We are grateful for your participation in the survey and the community’s engagement all along the journey of our next strategic plan. We thought you might like to know some of the results from the Community Survey. We advertised our survey across multiple channels […]

Governor Northam Announces German Manufacturer to Establish First U.S. Operation in Virginia

Schock sink products

HENRY COUNTY—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SCHOCK GmbH, the inventor of quartz composite sinks, will invest $85 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Henry County. Virginia successfully competed with Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina for the project, which will create 355 new jobs. Governor Northam met with company officials in Regen, […]

August: Oh, how time flies — A year in MHC

Keller anniversary photos

It’s been a year — a year since I joined the Harvest Foundation. As the old adage says, oh how time flies.  Over this past year, I’ve shared with you the activities happening at Harvest: We created a local investing impact strategy; Began our equity journey Assessed our communications efforts; and most recently, Began planning […]

July: We need to hear from you

workgroup meeting

Pictured above: A look at a workgroup meeting held in the foundation’s conference center. (Note: Vaccinated individuals had the option to forgo masks during the meeting.) As I’ve been mentioning the past few months, Harvest is undergoing a strategic planning process.  We’re now at the point in our strategic planning process where it’s crucial to […]

June: A Roadmap to a More Equitable Harvest

roadmap to equity

By Kate Keller President, The Harvest Foundation Over the past several months, I referenced Harvest’s equity journey.  Our board and staff undertook an intensive learning experience in the Fall of 2020.  The conclusion of that process was the creation of our Equity Roadmap- the plan for us to integrate and institutionalize equity into our work.  […]

Harvest supports SPCA expansion in Martinsville-Henry County

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Martinsville, Va. — The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA received a $15,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation to expand its services to operate a spay and neuter clinic designed to provide basic veterinary care for shelter animals. It will also serve residents with financial barriers and bolster the education of future veterinarians and support staff. […]

Creating Workforce Foundations in Martinsville-Henry County

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Martinsville, Va. — Building a strong childcare system in Martinsville-Henry County affects more than just the lives of parents and their children — it’s a Workforce Foundation for the community. When every parent has access to quality and affordable childcare, employers have a larger hiring pool to grow their businesses. Quality childcare increases the number […]