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2016 Local Officials Governmental Directory Available

The   2016 Local Officials Governmental Directory is now available on this website. It contains lists of government officials for the towns and counties of the Southside Planning District, as well as contact information for the Districts representatives in the State Legislature and U.S. Congress. 

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Public Hearing - CEDS

Public Hearing Notification

2015 Update of the Regional

Comprehensive Economic Development

Southside Planning District

The Southside Planning District

Commission will hold a public hearing on

the proposed 2015 Update of the region’s

Comprehensive Economic Development

Strategy (CEDS) Report on Thursday, April

23rd, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the office of the

Southside PDC located at 200 S.

Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, VA

23970. If you would like to view, request, or

see further information on the Draft

document, contact Gail Moody at the

Southside PDC, 434.447.7101, or e-mail at Hearing

impaired persons may dial Virginia Relay

711 for access. View the Draft CEDS

document at


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Tobacco Heritage Trail from Lawrenceville to Brodnax Ribbon Cutting

Roanoke River Rails-to-Trails is pleased to announce the opening of Phase III of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Now there is even more to celebrate on Earth Day! The ribbon cutting will take place on April 22, 11:00am near Evans Creek Rd trailhead in Brodnax, VA.  Following the ribbon cutting will be a reception in Lawrenceville at Elm Acres where Brunswick Stew will be served. The festivities will conclude with the opportunity for walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrians to tour the new trail at 2:00pm. Local civic groups and volunteers will have tables at the Lawrenceville trailhead to display their information and hand out water. For more information or to RSVP, contact the trail coordinator by email or phone - or (434) 447-7101.

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South Boston's Tobacco Heritage Trail one of 28 named to National Trails System

Recognized as providing access to inexpensive, enjoyable outdoor activities for all Americans

USouth Boston Va Tobacco Heritage Trailnder President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 28 trails as national recreation trails, adding almost 650 miles of trails to the National Trails System.

"From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the great outdoors," said Secretary Jewell. "These 28 new national recreation trails, established through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, connect federal, state and local lands and waters to provide access to inexpensive, enjoyable outdoor activities for all Americans."

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ED Gail Moody envisions Tobacco Heritage Trail coming her way

From her Southside Planning District Commission office in South Hill, Va., Executive Director Gail Moody envisions the Tobacco HeritageTrail coming her way. The physical trail is still a mile east in LaCrosse, but Moody imagines hikers, bikers, and horseback riders entering town, stopping for lunch, or perhaps overnighting in a b&b or motel.

Moody and the Roanoke River Rails-to-Trails have been working with Anderson & Associates' Jay McGuire for several years on the trail's design, engineering, and construction administration. Several miles are finished; construction has started on 2.5 miles between South Boston's Cotton Mill Park and Berry Hill Plantation. Bids are out on a 10.5-mile segment between Brodnax and Lawrenceville in Brunswick County.

The Tobacco Heritage Trail showcases the region's scenic farm and forestry heritage along 140 miles of mostly abandoned railway in the PDC's Brunswick, Halifax, Mecklenburg counties, and neighboring Charlotte and Greensville counties. The trail forms an important link in the statewide initiative to create a Beaches to Bluegrass Trail, traversing the state from Chesapeake Bay to Cumberland Gap.

"The trail will bring people into our attractive, recently enhanced towns," Moody said. "We see it as a tool for economic revitalization, healthful recreation, and even a potential travel alternative."

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