Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle, has a talking point today: His request for request for $1 million for the Center for Emerging Industries in Martinsville has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The center — which would offer degrees in Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Integration, and Entrepreneurship — is part of the New College Institute.
Specifically, a House subcommittee voted to include the money in its budget proposal.
Perriello calls the New College program a “game-changer” for the economically embattled Martinsville and Henry County. “We can and must start making things in American again and I want it to start right here in Martinsville,” Perriello says in a release.
You can read the full text of his statement on The Ticker, the blog for The Blue Ridge Business Journal.