U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA, 9th District) recently visited the Martinsville Campus to tour the facility and to speak with students, faculty, and staff about the university and the local community.
Lisa Kendrick, administrative assistant and Barbara Rakes, director of admissions, took Congressman Griffith on a tour of the campus and provided information on enrollments by program. He met with students, faculty, and staff to hear questions and comments and to speak regarding suggestions about strengthening the community. Congressman Griffith explained that the 9th Congressional District of Virginia includes all of Martinsville and approximately two-thirds of Henry and Patrick Counties. Student Shannon Thornton asked what is being done to attract new jobs to the area. Congressman Griffith stated that the state government, the local chambers of commerce, and the local economic development organizations are active in trying to recruit new businesses. He continued that the Commonwealth could benefit by acquiring and producing more natural energy. He pointed out that the Eastman Chemical Corporation has bought two companies in the area in the last few years, and these companies will be producing high-quality film products. “If we have affordable fuels, we will bring back a lot of jobs,” said Congressman Griffith. After answering additional questions on health care and the student loan programs, he thanked the Martinsville Campus staff for arranging the visit and the students for their comments and questions.
U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA, 9th District) recently visited the Martinsville Campus and answered questions from students.
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