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Creating new opportunity for communities with innovative lending

October 4, 2019 | In the News

In 2016, Fahe, a regional Network, financial intermediary, and CDFI, received $50 million in loan awards from the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program to pursue its mission: ending persistent poverty in Appalachia. Among its numerous initiatives, Fahe sought to build several community facilities, including daycare and opioid-addiction rehabilitation centers. However, a key barrier hindering the deployment of the USDA’s Community Facilities capital is not being able to use awards for construction projects. Borrowers must find …

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VCC Sponsors farm-to-table fundraiser in the Alleghenys

September 20, 2019 | In the News

By Francesca Costantino, Community Impact Advisor VCC sponsored the Allegheny Mountain Institute’s (AMI) fundraiser for the Farm at Augusta Health in Fishersville, VA. The farm-to-table dinner included dishes from the farm and live music from an old-time band. In 2017, AMI established an organic vegetable farm and educational programming on farming and nutrition on the Augusta Health grounds.  The Farm provides nutrient dense produce for the health center food system, the Food Pharmacy program, and …

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Family secures SBA loan to operate Sowing Seeds Academy

September 12, 2019 | In the News

Borrower : Bridget Holt-Taylor, Michael Page, Crystal Holt Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $193,000 Project Type : Small Business Association 7(a) Loan   Opportunity Quality, reliable childcare is critical for working families and ensures economic viability in our communities. Bridget Holt-Taylor and Crystal Holt wanted to purchase the assets of the former Phase II Neighborhood After School and Child Development Center to establish the Sowing Seeds Academy. Bridget Holt-Taylor would direct the academy, while …

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Opportunity Virginia Unveils Opportunity Zone Website and Announces Partnership with The Opportunity Exchange

September 11, 2019 | In the News

Opportunity Virginia, an initiative of Virginia Community Capital and LOCUS Impact Investing, launched its new Opportunity Zone website for the Commonwealth of Virginia and announced a partnership with The Opportunity Exchange, a national project and impact-tracking platform that helps communities maximize the impact of the federal “OZ” program. The two will work together to identify, support, and showcase OZ projects from across Virginia to the growing number of eligible investors nationwide. The site is found …

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Equipment loan part of the package for economic growth in Russell County

August 23, 2019 | Impact Stories, In the News

Borrower : Industrial Development Authority of Russell County Where : Lebanon, VA Loan Amount : $2.7 million Project Type : Equipment loan   Opportunity Economic growth requires a long-term vision and strategy. The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Russell County recognized that Southwest Virginia could attract global manufacturers because of its access to Interstate 81 and a readily available workforce. To proactively foster a supportive business climate, the IDA constructed a 76,000-square-foot shell building in Lebanon, …

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More affordable housing — in more Virginia places

August 19, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : People Incorporated Where : Tappahannock, Culpeper and Fauquier Counties, VA Loan Amount : $5.2 million Project Type : Commercial Real Estate | Low-Income Housing Tax Credit loans   Opportunity Based in Abingdon, the 55-year-old People Incorporated of Virginia is one of the largest rural community action agencies in the nation. It serves residents throughout Virginia, and during the past decade has expanded its reach into other communities throughout the Commonwealth. Affordable housing in Virginia …

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Restoring natural areas in Henry County for recreation and conservation

August 6, 2019 | In the News

By Francesca Costantino, Community Impact Advisor at VCC After an affordable housing conference, I spent the morning on the Smith River of Martinsville – Henry County near the North Carolina border in southern VA with Brian Williams, placemaker and river protector. The Smith is known for its native brown trout fishery, supported by the cold water released for power generation at Philpott Dam. Though I thought I was just getting a river guide, Brian happened …

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Strengthening communities through access to wellness resources — and investments with VCC

July 30, 2019 | Impact Stories

The PATH Foundation works to strengthen and impact access to health, senior services, childhood wellness and mental health resources throughout Virginia’s Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties. PATH’s grant cycles and community engagement initiatives allow them to improve the health and vitality of the communities they serve. Earlier this year, PATH Foundation made a $250,000 deposit with VCC into a Premium Money Market Account. Similar to any other bank deposit vehicle, PATH’s funds are federally protected and grow at …

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Richmond’s first kombucha company opens storefront and brewery

July 18, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Ninja Kombucha Brewing Co. Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $128,000 Project Type : SBA 7(a) Term Loan   Opportunity Brett Nobile was looking for a healthy alternative to the hops and barley of beer when he came across kombucha, a sparkling living tea drink popular for its probiotic health benefits. Nobile began drinking kombucha on a regular basis, and decided to start brewing his own batches to save cash. A brewer of …

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