will make sure Southside is 'not forgotten'
Sunday, June 9, 2013
has what it takes to help state and local officials attract companies to Southside if he
is elected to the General Assembly.
Bowman spent four years as the director of Pittsylvania Countyâ€™s economic development office before the countyâ€™s board of supervisors closed the office in March and gave its duties to the county administratorâ€™s office.
never was told why.
recruited to the county created at least 200 to 250 new jobs, he
is one of two Republicans vying for the partyâ€™s nomination for the 16th District House of Delegates seat in Tuesdayâ€™s primary.
Bowman emphasized that as a delegate, when he would be in a position to talk with companies about coming to Southside, â€œI wonâ€™t steer them to one area or another,â€ such as Pittsylvania County and Danville or Henry County and Martinsville.
would tell them about properties in the region which he
knows are available and other amenities, such as potential state incentive packages, and then refer them to the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance
The alliance then could refer them to local economic development offices, Bowman
favors looking at economic development from a regional perspective.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to get a unified message out there,â€ Bowman said, â€œand maybe knock on some doors (of companies) in other areas,â€ letting them know that properties are available in Southside.
After the economy improves and companies are ready to expand, they will come to Southside to look at potential sites, he
Adams does not have experience in recruiting companies, Bowman
said workforce training programs must be supported and by the eighth grade, students must start being shown career options and guided toward obtaining skills they will need to earn a living and raise families.
There seems to be a shortage of training opportunities in the area to help workers move toward middle management, he
also expressed support for trade education programs, such as masonry and plumbing.
indicated that such skills will be needed far into the future and people with them can be compensated well.
, 62, lives in Dry Fork.
A Carroll County native, he
grew up in the Williamsburg area and lived in York County before moving to Pittsylvania
in 2008 so he
wife, Brenda, could be closer to her
family in Danville.
He spent more than 30 years in the Army, National Guard and civil service before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He also served four years on the York County Board of Supervisors, including stints as chairman and vice chairman.
In talking with voters, Bowman
said â€œitâ€™s crystal clearâ€ that the moratorium on uranium mining statewide should not be repealed so that Virginia Uranium Inc.
can establish a mining and milling operation near Chatham.
declined to say if he
would have voted for Gov.
Bob McDonnellâ€™s transportation package had he
been in the General Assembly this year.
had not been privy to all arguments, either positive or negative.
Highways are critical to recruiting companies since trucks that businesses use travel along them, he