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Governor McAuliffe Announces $500,000 in Telecommunication Planning Grants

~ Funding will help develop community telecommunication plans ~ 


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $500,000 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative (VATPI) for Albemarle, Augusta, Culpeper, New Kent, Bland and Pulaski counties and the town of Altavista. Two joint grants were also awarded to two regional projects including one for Bath and Highland counties and another for Alleghany, Botetourt and Craig counties, the city of Covington and the town of Clifton Forge. The VATPI program provides funding for communities to develop a comprehensive community-based telecommunications plan.


“Access to high-quality Internet connectivity is one of the most critical tools for communities to grow, diversify and build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Providing adequate telecommunications in a community is essential for preparing our students and workforce, attracting businesses, improving medical services and providing a better quality of life for all Virginians.”


“Quick, reliable and affordable access to the Internet is a prerequisite for community and economic development efforts throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative will help localities develop the telecommunications plan necessary to prosper in the 21st century economy.”


Projects were selected through a two-phased process. Phase one was a letter of interest, and phase two was a detailed response. Twenty-two letters of interest were received, representing 43 communities. Of those 22 letters of interest, 13 applicants were selected to participate in phase II.


Funding for the grants is allocated in a three-tier system. Tier one included grants up to $75,000, tier two has grants for up to $50,000, and tier three has grants up to $35,000. The level of funding awarded is based on the telecommunication planning needs of the communities. Thirteen applications totaling more than $800,000 in funding were received.


The following projects were awarded funding through the 2015 Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative program:


Tier Level Funding



Tier I

Albemarle County

$ 75,000

Tier I

Augusta County

$ 75,000

Tier I

Culpeper County

$ 75,000

Tier I

New Kent County

$ 75,000

Tier II

Bland County

$ 50,000

Tier II

Alleghany, Botetourt and Craig counties, city of Covington and town of Clifton Forge*


Tier II

Pulaski County


Tier III

Bath and Highland counties*

$ 30,000

Tier III

Town of Altavista

$ 30,000

*Regional project




Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe




Governor McAuliffe Announces New Production Greenhouse Facility, Jobs in Culpeper County


~ BrightFarms, Recently Cited as One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, to Invest $7.35 Million, Create 24 Jobs ~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that WDC Greenhouse, LLC (dba BrightFarms) will locate its newest greenhouse production facility in Culpeper County.  The company will invest $7.35 million to construct and operate two new greenhouses and create 24 new jobs.  In addition, BrightFarms will produce 750,000 cases of Virginia-grown green leaf produce and 30,000 cases of Virginia-grown tomatoes over the next three years.


Speaking about the announcement, Governor McAuliffe stated, “The attraction of BrightFarms to Culpeper County represents another step in strengthening Virginia’s agricultural economy.  This project, with its investment in innovative technology, new jobs being created, and commitment to the environment, represents another economic win for this region.  My administration is committed to utilizing fully our diverse agriculture industry, one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets, to help build the new Virginia economy.”


A cutting-edge, scalable solution to Americans' increasing demand for local and sustainable food, the BrightFarms Capitol greenhouse will use 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than conventional produce companies.  It will create permanent green collar jobs, significantly reduce food miles, and improve the overall environmental impact of the food supply chain.  The project will grow baby greens, basil and tomatoes exclusively for Ahold, one of the largest and most successful food retailers in the eastern United States.  Slated for completion in December 2015, the greenhouse will provide produce for Ahold's Giant Food and Martin’s supermarkets, as well as Peapod, a leading online grocery service, in Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Delaware.


“BrightFarms’ entrepreneurial spirit and reputation make it a model for the role that agribusiness will play in helping to build the new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.  "The company has established itself as a significant player across the country for its innovative business model, sustainability practices, and quality product line.  Lastly, BrightFarms’ investment in Culpeper will fuel the company's expansion into the greater Washington, D.C. market, which is the nation’s seventh-largest metropolitan area, thus bringing high-quality, Virginia-grown products to more than six million citizens."


BrightFarms grows local produce, nationwide.  BrightFarms finances, builds, and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors, enabling it to quickly and efficiently eliminate time, distance, and costs from the food supply chain. BrightFarms’ growing methods, a model for the future of scalable, sustainable local farming, use far less energy, land and water than conventional agriculture.  Fast Company recognizes BrightFarms as “One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” and one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food” in the world.  The Culpeper facility will be BrightFarms’ third greenhouse in the U.S. and its first in Virginia.


"The BrightFarms Capitol Greenhouse allows us, in partnership with Ahold, to provide consumers with the freshest and most sustainable local produce available, year-round,” said BrightFarms Chief BrightFarmer (CEO), Paul Lightfoot. “Not only is it a win for consumers but for the environment as well, as it will eliminate agricultural runoff, conserve land and water, and reduce greenhouse gas emission.”


The Commonwealth is partnering with Culpeper County and BrightFarms on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Governor McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist with the project, which Culpeper County is matching with $75,000 in local grant funds.


"Agriculture is the largest and one of the most important industries in Culpeper County," said Steven Nixon, Culpeper County Board of Supervisors Chairman. "We appreciate the Commonwealth’s assistance in bringing this dynamic project to fruition.  We applaud BrightFarms, Inc. and their innovative approach to growing food close to the consumer in state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse systems."


Speaking about the announcement, Senator Jill Vogel, R-Upperville said, "I congratulate BrightFarms and Culpeper County on this new partnership utilizing one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets – agriculture – to bring more Virginia-grown products to consumers throughout state and the East Coast.  Agriculture and agribusiness are key components to the region and the Commonwealth’s economic prosperity and we should do all we can to encourage more development in this vital economic sector.”


Delegate Michael Webert, R-Marshall added, "When we passed the legislation that established the AFID incentive grant program, I was excited to see Virginia embrace agriculture like we do any other business.  The award of this grant by the Governor and Secretary Haymore provides a great opportunity for Culpeper County.  I look forward to seeing their future success."







Tourism Revenue Reached in Culpeper in 2014


September 14, 2015 - All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $22 billion.  Click here to view release.



2015 Comprehensive Plan


On September 1st, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Final 2015 Comprehensive Plan.  Or you can download the document in its entirety.



Citizen Committees appointed by the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors has citizen advisory committees as follows:


All interested citizens of Culpeper are invited to apply at any time.  Please apply by October 2nd for seats with terms ending December 31, 2015.  For additional information please contact


Commonwealth of Virginia




Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe


Governor Terry McAuliffe attended an event in Culpeper County on July 28, 2015.  Speaking to a crowd of approximately 75 local and state attendees, he announced that Continental, a manufacturing business located off Lover’s Lane, intends to invest approximately $49 million to expand its local operation. To read more about the Governor’s visit and Continental’s expansion click here.