Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball talks with WINA's Les Sinclair about the growth in Charlottesville/Albemarle area and the growth in Virginia as a whole & CIT CRCF Awards | 2019

June 25, 2019 02:54 PM

Here is the transcript & link to interview!  https://wina.com/podcasts/update-on-virginias-growth-sec-commerce-trade-brian-ball/

Transcript:

 

[00:00:00.360] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

News Radio 989 AM 1070 WINA. You're listening to Charlottesville right now the afternoon newsmagazine show that goes beyond the headlines. We're going to take you beyond those headlines today as Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Castle Hill gaming which is a software developer right here in the Charlottesville Albemarle area will invest one point three million dollars to expand its corporate headquarters here in Albemarle County. And so for a little bit more detail on what's growing here in our area. We turn to the expert secretary of commerce and trade Brian ball joins us here this afternoon.

 

[00:00:36.000] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

 Brian thank you very much for your time appreciate it.

 

[00:00:38.640] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Thank you for having me. Happy to join you. Look forward to chatting with you.

 

[00:00:42.570] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

So this Castle Hill gaming they are going to expand what can you tell us about this expansion.

 

[00:00:48.960] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Well they're going to make an investment of a million three in their headquarters which is on a twenty nine north. And they're going to create over 100 new jobs as part of that investment. And they're a technology company. They make very sophisticated gaming solutions and they sell those solutions, I think nationally. And so we're very excited about not only the capital investment and the additional jobs but these are very good paying jobs for the area. So it's a it's a tribute to the company and it's a tribute to the area.

 

[00:01:30.390] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

 And it's a tribute to the two higher ed schools that are in that area. U.S.A. Some of the community colleges it's a tribute to all of those institutions for having a flow of support, the supply chain of good talent coming out of those schools.

 

[00:01:50.550] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

Brian I can't equate this to Amazon's HQ 2 which is also in Virginia. But how important are software design and development firms in the Commonwealth of Virginia. How important are they to the growth of the Commonwealth.

 

[00:02:06.060] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Well we. We like them a lot. We think that's, well Amazon obviously is Amazon. But throughout the state not just in Northern Virginia we really like seeing those kind of companies. And we encourage investment in those companies. And we're very supportive as we can be to those companies and Charlottesville has been a good area for this sort of saying. There are other parts of the state that are good areas as well.

 

[00:02:39.540] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

We're talking with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian ball and we're talking about Castle Hill gaming expanding here in Albemarle County. This was in partnership with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

 

[00:02:52.200] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

What can you tell us about that?

 

[00:02:52.990] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Well the Virginia Economic Development Partnership supported this particular project by bringing us a recommendation for a Virginia jobs investment program which is one of the tools we use without getting into the weeds. It's one of the tools we use to encourage employers to expand their workforce or in some instances train and take their workforce to the next level with training and education. We have other tools in the toolkit as well but that's one that seemed to work well here.

 

CRCF - CIT AWARDS - Starts Here [00:03:35.370] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

We're talking with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian ball. We're going to switch gears now and the Governor also announced today two and a half million dollars 2.51 million in funding to support forty one Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund. And these awards went out to many companies and organizations here in the Charlottesville area. I just think it's fantastic. What can you tell us about the Center for Innovative Technology and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund?

 

[00:04:08.340] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Well the Center for Innovative Technology is headquartered in Northern Virginia. They do have offices elsewhere and they manage this fund. And the awards that are made under this fund and you hit the nail on the head. The Charlottesville / Albemarle area plays very well in this space in fact, and that's not only true this year but I was talking to earlier to Robby Demeria, deputy secretary of commerce trade technology and he said the what we've seen coming out of the Charlottesville area and out of UVA a health sciences area where the areas done very well and in receiving these grants we get several folks / companies and managers of those companies that were successful in this in this round of grants.

 

[00:05:09.160] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

Yeah I see a lot of this is pharmaceutical related and that's got a lot to do with the University of Virginia I see one on here though that really stood out to me and that's J.K.M Technologies which is Dr. Casey Kerrigan. We've had her on before. She's a footwear manufacturer using a novel cost effective pellet based 3D printing process and she got one of these grants as well.

 

[00:05:32.290] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Yep I noticed that and I haven't I haven't tried her shoes but I hope I'll get a chance to, that's a little more off the beaten path from the Health Sciences but nevertheless - for us what we see is supporting these companies at this stage. It sets the table for economic expansion tomorrow because some of these companies are going to are going to flourish and hope will be employers of lots of smart and bright students coming out of these schools and be part of the great places for the workforce of tomorrow to work.

 

[00:06:15.550] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

We're talking with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian ball we're talking about well a growth in the Commonwealth particularly here in our community but Brian in Virginia is so diverse you've got so much going on from Northern Virginia to central Virginia and how do the rural parts of Virginia factor into the growth of Virginia? Are there possibilities to help revitalize some of the more rural places here in the Commonwealth?

 

[00:06:44.500] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Yes there are.

 

[00:06:47.740] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

There are lots of areas in the state particularly in rural Virginia and other areas of the state. Some of the urban areas outside of the Northern Virginia region that haven't had the same growth that we've seen in places like Northern Virginia. The governor has made it a priority that we have economic growth in every part of the state. And some of the statistics you see on very low unemployment there are pockets in the state where the unemployment is higher than the really robust strong unemployment figures we've had in many regions of the state.

 

[00:07:32.380] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

And so we are very focused on creating opportunities in those more challenged areas and we use the tools we have in our tool blocks to try to encourage companies to come into those areas because you have that skilled workforce in those areas. And we've seen really good things happening in places like Danville Pennsylvania in Roanoke and Lynchburg. I was just in South Boston so we're excited. We're excited and we're working as hard as we can to stimulate growth in those areas.

 

[00:08:06.520] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

Secretary commerce and trade Brian ball is there anything else you'd like our listeners to know about commerce and trade in the Commonwealth.

 

[00:08:13.390] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

No I appreciate your time. Just if you'd let your listeners know we are working hard to bring economic growth and job creation and workforce training to every part of the state. That's a huge priority for Governor Northam.

 

[00:08:30.280] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

Yeah it's good to hear that there is a lot going on and it's good that selfishly that it's come in here to central Virginia as well.

 

[00:08:37.770] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

We like it there too!

 

[00:08:40.090] - WINA’s Les Sinclair, Charlottesville Right Now, 4pm – 6pm News Radio 1070

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian ball. We appreciate your time here this afternoon. Thanks so much.

 

[00:08:44.530] - Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball

Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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