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November 17, 2016

People Incorporated Awarded $65,000,000 to Fund High Impact Community Development Projects

ABINGDON, Va. - People Incorporated Financial Services, a non-profit community development organization headquartered in Abingdon, VA, has been selected by the CDFI Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to receive a $65 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to provide financing for high-impact, community development projects throughout Virginia and the southeastern United States. Read More >

March 10, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces VA Tourism Growth Fund at Historic Masonic Theatre

Office of the Governor

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the second recipient of the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund (VTGF) will be the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge. Opened as an opera house and Mason Hall in 1905, the Theatre has hosted legendary acts such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Burl Ives, the Drifters, and the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra. The celebrated performance hall will receive $150,000 in state funds toward a comprehensive historic renovation and enhancement. Read More >

January 26, 2015

Local Haysi Entrepreneur Wins $5,000 In Small Business Challenge

 

Jill Branham, a Southwest Virginia native who owns and operates the Main Street Pizzeria and Grill in Haysi Virginia with her father-in-law Johnnie, recently won the $5,000 prize from the MySWVAOpportunity Entrepreneur Challenge hosted by People Incorporated. Jill made the following comments about the challenge: “The Challenge gave us best practices and the confidence to put our ideas into action by opening the Main Street Pizzeria and Grill. Having a strong business plan to fall back on when the business opened has been extremely useful in making sound everyday business decisions. It’s been an “over the top” experience and I can’t believe it was free.” Read More >

August 12, 2014

Founders of present-day People Inc. honored

Allie Robinson Gibson, Bristol Herald Courier

ABINGDON, Va. - Fifty years ago, J. Garland Thayer was a man with a plan, sitting in a kitchen with his friend, Fount Henderson.

Their plan was to help Washington County, specifically Hayter's Gap, residents break the cycle of poverty. That effort, now called People Incorporated, is 50 years old. Read More >

August 11, 2014

People Incorporated renames buildings

Logan Nester, WCYB

ABINGDON, VA - People Incorporated is celebrating its 50th anniversary by renaming a couple of its building.

The Abingdon headquarters is being named after the organization's founding executive director, Garland Thayer.

They are also naming another building after board members Fount and Thelma Henderson. Read More >

July 25, 2014

People Incorporated's 50th Anniversary Picnic to be Held on August 16 at Hayter's Gap Community Center

 

From its origins as a small, community-based organization, People Incorporated has grown into an impactful, dynamic catalyst for helping transform communities and people’s lives. People Incorporated opened its doors in Hayter’s Gap, Virginia in 1964 as one of the nation’s first community action agencies and has expanded from one rural county to serving nine states throughout the Southeast.

On August 16, People Incorporated will return to the place where it all began to celebrate with volunteers, staff, governmental officials, funders, partners, friends, and communities to pay tribute to the rich history and bright future of People Incorporated and its clients. Our homecoming will be filled with fellowship, a community picnic, live entertainment, and fun for the entire family. The day will culminate with a special presentation from members of the Virginia General Assembly, a retrospective of our roots, and a snapshot of who we have become.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hayter’s Gap Community Center
7720 Hayter’s Gap Road
Saltville, Virginia 24370

Events include:
  • *Speakers, including Morgan Griffith, Terry Kilgore, and Joe Johnson
  • *Music by classic rock band Phantom and bluegrass musician Bill McCall
  • *Games for kids of all ages
  • *Picnic lunch

Eventbrite - People Incorporated's 50th Anniversary Picnic

October 18, 2013

People Incorporated Financial Services awarded $597,000 to serve low-income communities with small business and consumer lending services

 

People Incorporated Financial Services is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $597,000 from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) to increase its business development and lending services in low-income and economically distressed communities throughout Virginia. Read More >

October 10, 2013

People Incorporated and the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority announce a Revolving Loan Fund for entrepreneurs in Grayson County, VA

 

People Incorporated Financial Services and the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority are pleased to announce a new Revolving Loan Fund Program offering microenterprise loan products and services for entrepreneurs in Grayson County, VA. Read More >

October 18, 2013

People Incorporated Financial Services awarded $597,000 to serve low-income communities with small business and consumer lending services

 

People Incorporated Financial Services is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $597,000 from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) to increase its business development and lending services in low-income and economically distressed communities throughout Virginia. Read More >

October 10, 2013

People Incorporated and the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority announce a Revolving Loan Fund for entrepreneurs in Grayson County, VA

 

People Incorporated Financial Services and the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority are pleased to announce a new Revolving Loan Fund Program offering microenterprise loan products and services for entrepreneurs in Grayson County, VA. Read More >

September 11, 2013

People Incorporated’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award

 

People Incorporated of Virginia is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago. Read More >

August 23, 2013

Organization Is Seeking Nominations to Recognize Outstanding Efforts To Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

 

People Incorporated of Virginia invites nominations from community members for its annual Garland Thayer Award and Henderson Award.  The Garland Thayer Award and the Henderson Award are awarded annually to recognize the contributions of community leaders, advocates, and volunteers that embody People Incorporated’s mission of providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their communities. Read More >

 
People Inc.'s First Executive Director, Garland Thayer
 

People Incorporated's First Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Fount Henderson and wife, Thelma

August 13, 2013

Valley Conservation Council Awards Toms Brook School Apartments Better Models for Development Award

 

Toms Brook School Apartments was named one of eleven winners of the Valley Conservation Council's 2013 Better Models for Development. The awards showcase innovative projects in the Shenandoah Valley area that bring together redevelopment and resource conservation, in various preservation and new development efforts. Other 2013 winners included Fort Valley Nursery and Indian Spring Wetland Park, both in Woodstock, and Winchester's Amherst Street Improvements and Green Circle Trail.

View the Toms Brook School Apartments Excerpt

View the full July 2013 Vision Newsletter

April 8, 2013

Community Action Agencies Provide Quality Health Care Across America

Don Mathis, President & CEO, Community Action Partnership, Washington, DC
 
The Promise – The Magazine of The Community Action Partnership   2013 Issue 1
 

“People Incorporated of Virginia (People Inc), the Community Action Agency headquartered in Abingdon, VA, validates its claim as being one of the most effective CAAs in America through its successful, innovative use of federal New Market Tax Credits. People Inc and its partners are constructing a new nursing school and rehabilitating an environmentally-impaired brownfield, the old Knox County Hospital.” Read More >

January 9, 2013

People Incorporated Financial Services Awarded $180,590 from USDA to support safe and clean well water systems in rural areas

People Incorporated is pleased to announce that it has received a $180,590 Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant from the Rural Utilities Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to help struggling families access safe and potable drinking water. People Incorporated will use the funding to establish a revolving loan fund to provide low interest loans for low-to-moderate income rural homeowners to construct, repair or replace household water well systems for existing homes. Read More >

December 31, 2012

Local Business and Tourism Goals Benefit From Ninth District Development Financing, Inc. Loan Fund

Light’s at Stone Mill, which began in Washington County, Virginia, as a farm and feed supply store 72 years ago, is poised to become Abingdon Virginia’s newest tourism attraction.  Light’s has a history of successfully evolving to meet the changing retail needs of Abingdon and the surrounding communities.  In 2004, recognizing an opportunity to expand their business and broaden their appeal beyond their core commercial agricultural customers, the owners built a new 12,000 square foot retail store in Abingdon, Light’s at Stone Mill, and began offering clothing, pet supplies, wild bird items and giftables. Now, with expansion capital from Ninth District Development Financing’s loan fund, Light’s at Stone Mill will help Abingdon further its tourism destination goals by becoming Abingdon’s “general store.”  Read More >

October 31, 2012

People Incorporated of Virginia’s Benhams Head Start Center Receives 2012 Best of Bristol Award

People Incorporated of Virginia is pleased to announce that its Benhams Head Start Center has been selected for the 2012 Best of Bristol Award in the Head Start category by the Bristol Award Program.  This facility is located in Bristol Virginia and serves 54 Head Start children and their families. Read More >

September 25, 2012

Ninth District Development Financing Inc invites Loan Requests for tourism-related businesses in Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District.

Are you considering starting or expanding a tourism-based business in Southwest Virginia?  If so, People Incorporated wants to make sure you know about the Ninth District Development Financing (NDDF) Loan Fund.  Developed in 1995, with the support of U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher, this revolving loan fund supports local tourism efforts with low interest working capital and fixed asset financing. The current rate for the loan fund is 3.25% for well-qualified borrowers.  NDDF supports job creation while preserving and enhancing the region’s cultural, historical, and natural attractions for visitors and residents alike. Read More >

September 14, 2012

People Inc. to improve two homes in Shenandoah County

People Inc. on Tuesday received the go-ahead from the Board of Supervisors to move forward on another effort to improve the quality of living for low-income residents. Supervisors authorized the county administrator to sign agreements through the Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Project through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Read More >

 
 

August 1, 2012

Senator Warner announces $815,000 Rural Jobs Grant for Southwest Virginia that will support Friends of Southwest Virginia regional initiative

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today announced that Southwest Virginia’s ‘Round the Mountain (RTM) artisan network has been awarded a competitive grant of $815,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The innovation grant was awarded to Appalachian Spring, a creative economy initiative through the Friends of Southwest Virginia in partnership with the region’s Planning District Commissions, People Inc., and Virginia Community Capital to develop asset-based economic development, particularly related to outdoor recreation, downtown revitalization, and small business development. Read More >

July 24, 2012

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway receives LEED Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

The Southwest Virginia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council presented the Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification to Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in a ceremony held there.  Accepting the award were People Incorporated President and CEO, Rob Goldsmith, project architect, David Bandy, and Heartwood project manager, Rob Jones.

“This achievement underscores Heartwood’s efforts to contribute to the very growth we intend to stimulate through this venture,” said Goldsmith.  “It is in keeping with our mission to promote economic, environmental, and community sustainability within the framework of a place-based economy.”Read More >

July 16, 2012

People Incorporated now offering microloans to entrepreneurs in Bristol, TN and Sullivan County, TN

People Incorporated Financial Services is pleased to announce the expansion of its microenterprise products and services to serve entrepreneurs in the city of Bristol, TN and Sullivan County, TN as an intermediary Microlender for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA recently approved People Incorporated’s request to offer services in Tennessee in consideration of the organization’s past performance and experience as an SBA lender in Virginia.  Read More >

 
 
 

May 17, 2012

People Incorporated Financial Services celebrates 20 years of service to small businesses

People Incorporated Financial Services celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a celebration gala at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. Attendees were welcomed by Board Chair, Charlotte Mullins, and remarks were made by Rob Goldsmith, President and CEO, as well as Deborah Wagner, Director of Economic Community Development. There were approximately 70 people in attendance, including many past and present clients, sponsors, community partners, and staff.

The Key Note speech was delivered by Bill Shelton, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  Bill has been a steadfast supporter of People Incorporated’s microenterprise program as an economic development tool since the program’s inception.  The event also included a video presentation featuring many of the entrepreneurs who have been assisted by People Incorporated in the last 20 years. Read More >

May 14, 2012

People Incorporated Financial Services Receives Grant from Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network’s “Create Jobs for USA” Initiative

People Incorporated Financial Services, a local community lender, announced today that it has received a capital grant from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). The money will help People Incorporated create and sustain jobs in the Southwest and Northern Shenandoah Valley regions of Virginia as part of a national campaign to support community businesses in underserved communities. Read More >

February 24, 2012

People Incorporated Awarded $20,000,000 To Fund High Impact Community Development Projects

People Incorporated Financial Services, a non-profit community development organization headquartered in Abingdon, VA, has been selected by the CDFI Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to receive a $20 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to provide financing for high-impact, community development projects throughout Virginia and the southeastern United States. People Incorporated was selected from among 314 community development practitioners that competed for the NMTC in 2011. This is the third allocation of NMTC for People Incorporated in four years.  Read More >

September 7, 2011

People Incorporated Honored with National Master Innovator Award

People Incorporated was competitively selected as the winner of the first annual Master Innovator Award for Community Economic Development by the Community Action Partnership.  The Community Action Partnership is the national membership organization representing over 1,000 Community Action Agencies throughout the United States.  People Incorporated won this award in recognition of its outstanding work in promoting community development as a core strategy in promoting economic security and reducing poverty. Read More>

April 28, 2011

People Incorporated Selected as Best Non-Profit Workplace

Local Community Action Agency recognized by National NonProfit Magazine

Abingdon, Virginia – People Incorporated was recently selected as one of the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for 2011. The awards program was created in 2010 and is a project of The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group. Read More >

March 30, 2011

Raising Grundy

For the latest on the project and an archived history of the construction, visit www.raisinggrundy.com

For decades it was deemed far-fetched, an impossibility, pie-in-the-sky. But all of a sudden, it’s real.

A one-time coal boomtown washed away by flooding and long forgotten by progress, Grundy is making a dramatic entrance into the 21st century. Read More >

March 30, 2011

Bristol loan project designed to boost downtown business growth

Representatives from both Bristol cities and several area banks gathered Tuesday to announce the creation of a $135,000 loan fund to help new businesses locate downtown and existing ones upgrade their current sites along the State Street corridor. Read More >