Southside Planning District Commission

Serving Brunswick, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties, and the towns of South Boston & South Hill, VA

SPDC Welcomes Krystle Connell as Regional Planner I

Krystle Connell has been hired for our Regional Planner I Position and will work as a grant writer for Economic Development Administration, Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Department of Transportation, Rural Development, and the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Additionally, she will assist with administration of loans for Virginia's Growth Alliance and Lake Country Development Corporation.  
Krystle is a lifelong resident of Mecklenburg and Brunswick Counties, and currently resides in Brodnax,Virginia with her husband and three children. She came to us with a background of banking and paralegal experience. We are happy to have her here. To contact Krystle, email or call 434-447-7101 x 205.
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GO Virginia Region 3 Open Solicitation for Projects

The GO Virginia Region 3 Council is pleased to announce it is now soliciting for projects.
Please register for GO Virginia Region 3 How to Apply Webinar on March 7, 2018 9:00 AM at:

Applications are due Monday, April 2, 2018. Join this webinar to learn more about GO Virginia, Region 3, the Region 3 application process and review, and the timeline for receiving applications and Council action. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the website of the Southside Planning District Commission for future reference 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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SPDC Welcomes Chad Neese as GIS Planner

Chad Neese has been hired as our GIS Planner and will work in the areas of GIS and Transportation Planning. Chad has moved to the area from New Market, Virginia where he was previously employed as the Town Planner. We are happy to have him here. To contact Chad, email or call 434-447-7101

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GO Virginia Region 3 Growth & Diversification Plan is now online

 Download the completed plan:

  pdf GO Virginia Region 3 - Growth & Diversification Plan Executive Summary (6 pages) (136 KB)

  pdf GO Virginia Region 3 - Growth & Diversification Plan Synopsis (2 pages) (129 KB)

  pdf GO Virginia Region 3 - Growth & Diversification Plan (337 pages) (12.48 MB)

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SPDC RFP: Contractual Staff Services

The Southside Planning District Commission is seeking proposals from qualified firms/individuals to provide certain contractual staff services related to the implementation of the GO Virginia initiative for Region 3 also known as Southern Virginia GO Region.  Proposals are due Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

RFP Short Version:



Issuance date:  June 26, 2017

The Southside Planning District Commission is seeking proposals from qualified firms/individuals to provide certain contractual staff services related to the implementation of the GO Virginia initiative for Region 3 also known as Southern Virginia GO Region.  The Southside PDC has been designated by the Region 3 Council (COUNCIL) as its Support Organization and Fiscal Agent with the expectation and responsibility of entering into contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements needed to carry out the responsibilities of the PDC in its capacity as the Support Organization and Fiscal Agent for the COUNCIL.  Services include but are not limited to technical services related to the development, evaluation and periodic updating of Region 3’s Growth and Diversification Plan, alignment with regional economic development entities, general program oversight, preparation and staffing for the Region 3 Council and Committee meetings, regional stakeholder outreach, budget oversight, project review and other technical services as needed. The Southside PDC reserves the right to award more than one contract for services requested in this RFP.   The Southside PDC is located in South Hill, Virginia.  Proposals are due Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

To obtain a copy of the full RFP or to inquire about the proposal, contact Gail Moody, Executive Director, at or by calling 434.447.7101.  The full RFP is also available on the Southside PDC website at  The Southside PDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


RFP Long Version (Download)

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SPDC Job Opening for GIS Planner - HAS BEEN FILLED

UPDATE: This position has been filled (7/14/17)

Southside Planning District has a job opening for a GIS Planner to work with GIS mapping and data, as well as transportation planning. See link for more information:

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2016 Local Officials Governmental Directory Available

The    pdf 2016 Local Officials Governmental Directory (455 KB)  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. 

  pdf Click here for the download (455 KB)

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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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Boydton receives Community Development Block Grant

The Town of Boydton has competed successfully for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant for the Hull Street Project.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week that 24 Virginia projects, including the one in Boydton, will receive a total of $12 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development.

Boydton's project, rehabilitating 25 downtown historic district homes occupied by low- and moderate-income families, is expected to get underway in January, according to Gail Moody, deputy director of the Southside Planning District Commission.

Homes will be rebuilt, repaired, and given facelifts. The 1929 sewer system serving the area. will be repaired for a cost of less than $100,000, Moody said.

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South Boston & Halifax County awarded energy grants

Halifax County and South Boston are among the jurisdictions awarded a total of $13.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program for 39 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Virginia's chief jobs creation officer, announced Tuesday on behalf of Governor Bob McDonnell that these grants will leverage an additional $8 million in non-federal funds.

The Mary Bethune Government Complex Energy Project in Halifax has been awarded $400,000, and the Town of South Boston's Landfill Energy Project has been awarded $393,252.

According to County Administrator George Nester, the $400,000 grant will be used to improve insulation in the walls, ceilings, windows and doors and install a more efficient lighting system at the Mary Bethune Complex in an effort to attain "real energy savings."

Also the grant will enable the county to purchase and install a group of 100 kw solar panels on the roof which will help augment part of the electricial energy costs during peak demand times from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, Nester added.

The Town of South Boston's Energy and Conservation Block Grant will be used to fund a proposed gas to energy project at the former town landfill.

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Town of Halifax streetscape funding approved

Town of Halifax streetscape planA $700,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the county this week will kick off revitalization of the Town of Halifax's core business district.

"We will seek a balance of jobs, homes, services and amenities by removing visual and physical blight that have occurred from years of economic erosion in our area," said Carl Espy, Halifax Planning Commission chairman.

Engineering and design work will continue as town officials and businessmen prepare for the anticipated Spring 2004 construction date.

Improved sidewalks, and facade enhancement of the downtown storefronts through a 50/50 cost-share will be the focus of the CDBG funding.

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