Recovery task force to brief community next week

Published 9:54 am Monday, March 29, 2010

FRANKLIN—The Economic Recovery Task Force’s Executive Committee will hold a community briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center.

According to Lisa Peterson — business services director for Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads, a regional workforce organization based in Norfolk — the meeting “is intended to provide information to the community on workforce development efforts, economic development strategies, status of the forestry industry and small business development and assistance activities.”

Peterson said a question-and-answer session would also take place at the event.

The committee was formed in November in the wake of International Paper Co.’s announcement that it would close the Franklin paper mill. Its members are Isle of Wight County Board Chairman Phillip Bradshaw, Franklin Mayor Jim Councill, Southampton County Administrator Mike Johnson and deputy secretary of the state Department of Commerce and Trade Lyn Hammond.