“You’ve changed the future of Chesterfield County,” Brenda Workman, executive director of the Chesterfield County Economic Development Board, told Chesterfield County Council members last week. “Your leadership, support and initial contribution” to the Chesterfield County Economic Alliance has enabled the community to raise more than $900,000 to support Chesterfield County’s economy, she said.
Workman said council’s unanimous support of the alliance has helped to “unify the county with a common goal.”
Part of those goals for Chesterfield County include an ordinance and resolution establishing a plan for a Multi-County business park and partnership with Lancaster County. A portion of the ordinance, which passed its first reading Sept. 5, says the “use of multi-county parks is important in attracting and encouraging the investment of capital and the creation of new jobs in the County.”
Councilwoman Lenora Powe reminded council that several things that have been accomplished in the past year have her optimistic that things are looking brighter for Chesterfield County. “Thanks to innovative ideas within the public works department,” said Powe, “last year alone we saved $81,837.41 in the costs of solid waste disposal.”
Those savings, said Powe, were the result of several changes within the department’s operations. First of all, the county purchased its own truck for hauling waste, saving money on extra labor costs. They also switched to a different waste site that is closer and has better rates.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.