Roanoke-based law firm Gentry Locke has named a new managing partner

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Gentry Luck has announced a new managing partner

Roanoke-based law firm Gentry Locke has named Brett Marston as managing partner. Former managing partner Monica Dushanbe will serve as chairman of the newly formed executive board. Additional executive board members Matthew W. Bruton, William Gast, and Gregory H. Habib are Dushanbe served as managing partner from 2013 to 2022 and led the firm’s growth, including the addition of offices and attorneys in the Lynchburg and Richmond markets. The firm now has more than 80 lawyers. He will continue to lead the firm’s appeals office.

As managing partner, Marston will assume day-to-day responsibilities on behalf of the company and lead the continued execution of the company’s strategic plan, including its focus on smart growth and operational development. Marston will also continue to serve clients through Gentry Lock’s Construction Contracts and Litigation practice group.

Gentry Lock celebrates 100 yearsthe seventh Year in 2023

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VCEDA grants to study two properties in Dickinson County

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Dickinson County Industrial Development Authority to fund a feasibility study on two Dickinson County properties to aid in the marketing and economic development of the properties.

The funds will be used to hire an engineering firm to complete a feasibility study for the Green Lot located in Clintwood. and “Haisey High School Plot” located in Haisey.

“IDA has indicated that a feasibility study is needed to determine what type of structure and/or business is most practical based on the location, size and layout of the assets,” said VCEDA Executive Director and General Counsel Jonathan Belcher. Once completed, it will serve as another tool to help market the property to future businesses and industry.

VCEDA approved a $300,000 loan in 2016 and a $60,000 loan in 2021 to the IDA to help purchase and develop an approximately 1.14-acre parcel of land adjacent to Clintwood Lumber in Clintwood, known as the “Green Lot.”

In 2020 and 2021, VCEDA also approved $1.275 million in grants to the IDA to help with the demolition and development of the old Clintwood High School site near Green Lot and the old Heisey High School property.

The IDA’s application for funding noted that a feasibility study completed by Dickinson County and its partners will be used to market the sites to the appropriate type of business and/or developer and identify any unknown constraints. The study considers several factors including economic impact, technical impact, demographics, legal feasibility and implications, operational feasibility and planning feasibility.

According to a statement from Dickinson County IDA Executive Director Dana Cronkhite, the IDA has been working to take action toward the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Economic Development Plan adopted by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors in March 2022. The IDA and the county are working to evaluate county-owned property and evaluate the best use of that property by conducting feasibility studies.

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The next Startup Slam is in Danville on February 23rd

The River District Community in Danville has scheduled its next Startup Slam event for February 23rd.

The event, modeled after poetry competitions known as poetry slams, is a chance for entrepreneurs to pitch their idea to an audience, who then vote for their favorite, with the winner keeping all of the door proceeds. Admission is $10.

For more information and details, visit the following address:

The event will now be held at 136 S. Ridge St. (River Area Event Center) from 6 to 8 p.m.