Commonwealth Invests in Southside Businesses Through RebuildVA

Delegate Roslyn Tyler highlights RebuildVA small business grants in her district

EMPORIA, Va.—Today, Delegate Roslyn Tyler (HD-75) held a press conference in Emporia highlighting the RebuildVA grants issued by the Commonwealth to help small businesses in Southside Virginia. 

“The RebuildVA program is essential to fostering economic growth in rural Virginia. These grants allowed our local businesses to receive vital assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Del. Tyler. “I am excited to continue working in the House of Delegates to make sure to maintain Virginia’s status of being ‘the best state to do business.’” 

In House District 75, which encompasses most of Southside, had 13 businesses receive a total of $609,000 in RebuildVA grants. The grant recipients include a diner, a law office, a body shop, a trucking company, and two nonprofit organizations providing community-based services. Three of the recipient businesses are Black-owned.

“We still have a lot of work to do, but the RebuildVA grants are vital to the families here in Southside Virginia,” said Alfreda Jarrett-Reynolds, Brunswick County Director of Economic Development. “The funds will afford us the opportunity to not only survive during the pandemic but thrive afterward. Businesses need help to be able to adjust to new realities, and we are grateful for the assistance.”

During the General Assembly’s Special Session II, House Democrats allocated $250 million of federal American Recuse Plan relief to fully fund the Rebuild VA program, to reinvest in our economy and to take strides toward building a better Virginia.