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Economic Director: new building would put Danville region on map for tech businesses

Danville City Council unanimously voted to move forward with plans to ask the Tobacco Commission for a $1 million grant Tuesday. Their hope is to create a 30,000 square foot open building to attract a new company to the Cyber Park in the city. (@CourtnyJodonTV)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Looking to add more technology and advanced manufacturing businesses to the Southside.

Danville City Council unanimously voted to move forward with plans to ask the Tobacco Commission for a $1 million grant Tuesday.

Their hope is to create a 30,000 square foot open building to attract a new company to the Cyber Park in the city.

The building would be placed across the street from the Electronic Intrumentation & Technology building on Slayton Avenue.

Danville Economic Director Telly Tucker said probably 70 percent of the industrial perspective clients they speak with are looking for an existing building to move into instead of building their own.

"They are looking for an exhisting building because it reduces the amount of time that it takes for them to become operational and businesses want to become operational as soon as possible so they can drive revenue for their perspective company," Tucker said.

He said having the shell building will allow Danville and Pittsylvania County to be included in more opportunities for new business.

He says they've spoken with more than 10 industries about whether buildings were available in the Danville region.

He has high hopes the building would be filled quickly if the grant is approved.

The Tobacco Commission will make their decision in January.

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