Walker can be an asset if he will be aggressive

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The Person County Economic Development Commission has made its pitch to Congressman Mark Walker. The ball is in his court now, when it comes to raising awareness and support for the Person County Mega Park.

It was suggested to Walker – and it has been discussed locally previously – that federal support for the project would be a big boost in attracting a significant first tenant to the site.

Economic Development officials briefed Walker last week on the strengths of the site and they explained the kinds of businesses that could benefit from locating there.

While Walker may not be the right person to sell the park to a potential client, he can work with his colleagues in Washington D.C. to drum up support among other congressmen who serve districts that could benefit from the jobs created in the park.

Congressman Denver Riggleman serves Virginia’s 5th district, which includes Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and the city of Danville.

In his role on the House Financial Services Committee, Riggleman is part of a body that oversees economic stabilization and financial aid to industry and commerce.

Walker serves on the House Committee for Education and Labor, which addresses, among other things, higher education and workforce investment.

Walker and Riggleman should both work hard to enlist the support of the senators in their states – Thom Tillis and Richard Burr in North Carolina and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in Virginia – to advocate for federal funding to help develop the site and provide resources for local economic development leaders to market the site to potential tenants.

As much as local and state leaders can do to make the site an attractive one, federal elected officials can really jumpstart the effort.

We expect Walker to look for opportunities across state lines to help support the local effort, which has been robust to this point. Bringing representatives and senators from two separate states into the fold will go even further toward making Person County’s Mega Park the sound investment that it can be.

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