New Aquaponics Facility in the Northern Neck

On average, beef cattle consume six pounds of feed to produce one pound of beef. This 6:1 Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) is well above the FCR for chicken, at about 2:1. Fish like tilapia can do better, according to Tammy Cole, Director of Operations at Healthy Harvest Fresh, in Warsaw.…

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Shallow Draft Dredging Plan

In 2018, the Virginia General Assembly established the Virginia Waterway Maintenance Fund. It provides the opportunity for localities to receive funds for planning, design, and construction of dredge projects. There are 123 working waterfronts in the Northern Neck of Virginia that facilitate commercial fishing, aquaculture, recreational boating, and boat building…

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Northern Neck Broadband Project

First Northumberland County Customer Connected LOTTSBURGH [September 27, 2023]—All Points Broadband connected its first customer in Northumberland County today. Partly funded by a grant from the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI), Northumberland County’s universal broadband coverage is part of the Northern Neck Broadband Project, a large and complex undertaking that began…

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Foam-Free Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2021 that will ban the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) by food vendors. The legislation also discourages the sale and use of EPS products and the encourages the promotion of alternatives to EPS. Currently, the ban is to take effect in two phases.…

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Northern Neck National Heritage Area

Launch and Celebration of the Northern Neck National Heritage Area July 17, 2023 STRATFORD HALL — The Northern Neck officially launched the Northern Neck National Heritage Area with a celebration at Stratford Hall today, more than two decades after the Northern Neck Planning District Commission—working with numerous stakeholders, elected representatives,…

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A River Oasis

The 4th Quarter issue of VEDP’s Virginia Economic Review has a feature on the Northern Neck. Click here to view it.

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The Northern Neck’s CEDS Online

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The NNPDC is responsible for updating the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The region includes Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties. The Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) was designated an Economic Development District in the year 2000 by the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development…

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Coastal Resilience

The  Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan recognizes the challenge that flooding poses to coastal Virginia, including to the Northern Neck peninsula’s over one thousand miles of coastline. Part of the plan was the development of the Coastal Resilience Web Explorer, which allows users to see Virginia’s current and future exposure…

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Go Virginia

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) was initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) and the Council on Virginia’s Future to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government. Recognizing the harsh effect of deep federal…

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