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NEWS- WHAT'S GOING ON IN CUMBERLAND
Cumberland County is ACT Work Ready
Cumberland is taking the strides to ensure our community is ready for the Cumberland workforce. Cumberland County has announced its participation in the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, a workforce system designed to assist states and regions in developing their workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers.
Cumberland County was accepted into the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy in January 2016, an executive leadership and training program for local officials. The Work Ready Communities framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential and a robust data infrastructure that helps measure, identify, and close skill gaps.
This initative is for everyone in the county that will benefit the workforce and be a multi-functional collaboration of Cumberland county. Cumberland's ACT Work Ready Community provides a pathway to a connected community through a better understanding of how education supports the workforce.
"Your Business Grows Here" - If you are a business owner or manager looking to grow your business in Cumberland County, please contact us at (804) 492-3800 for more information.
Cumberland County invites you to experience “Virginia’s Heartland,” an area rich in tradition and resources. A close neighbor to Virginia’s state capitol, Cumberland offers the perfect blend of a peaceful, rural setting with easy accessibility to Virginia’s nearby metropolitan areas. Opportunities abound in Cumberland, one of Richmond's closest neighbors!
Cumberland County was formed from Goochland County by an act of the Virginia Assembly in 1749 and named for the Duke of Cumberland, second son of King George II. On April 22, 1776, Cumberland led the Colonies in calling for independence from Britain. This is recorded as the first positive call for American Independence issued by a governmental body.
Cumberland County is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. A county administrator handles daily operations. The county has adopted a Comprehensive Plan and will update the plan in 2012-13.
Police protection is provided by a sheriff’s office, including the sheriff, 16 full-time deputies and six full-time dispatchers. Four state troopers are assigned to the county.
The Department of Social Services, with a director and staff of 17, offers temporary financial assistance, medical assistance, and a variety of supportive services to citizens in need. Among the supportive services offered are the Food Stamp program, commodity foods, and assistance with emergency needs for children, adults and families.
Three volunteer fire departments, in Cartersville, Cumberland and the Randolph District, provide fire protection.
There are two rescue squads, the Cumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad (provides Basic Life Support Capabilities) and the Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad (providing) Advanced Life Support Capabilities. The Randolph District receives rescue squad service from the Town of Farmville. For more information regarding the County's emergency services, refer to the Emergency Services Committee (ESC) website.
Cobbs Creek Reservoir
The proposed Cobbs Creek reservoir has received all three required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The permits provide for the construction of a dam and reservoir on Cobbs Creek in Cumberland County and the construction and operation of a water withdrawal on the James River in Cumberland County.
The 1,100-acre project is viewed by many as a model for the DEQ's regional water supply planning regulations implemented in response to recent droughts.
The proposed multi-purpose reservoir would provide the following primary benefits:
- A reliable future water supply for the communities of the James River basin.
- Reduced stress upon the James River during critical drought conditions.
- Low flow augmentation of James River flows to benefit instream uses such as fisheries, recreations and water quality.
- A recreation amenity to Cumberland County citizens and others who will visit the reservoir.
The Cumberland museum/visitors center will be located in the historic "old jail" building adjacent to the County Administration building. Primarily funded through the VDOT TEA-21 grant program, the renovation is expected to take up to 2 years for completion. Once open, the museum and visitor center will provide an opportunity to preserve and promote Cumberland's vast history, as well as to capture its significance in important American historical eras, including the American Revolution, Civil War, and Civil Rights Movement.
The Cumberland County Museum Board is currently accepting registration for museum memberships. For more information or to register, please contact the Museum Board President, Mr. Cliff White, at (804) 492-4493.
Business & Commercial Sites Available
Cumberland Business Park (Poor House Road)- Commercial, Retail or Industrial
Available for Sale or Lease: 30,000 Sq. Ft. Shell Building located on 67.5 acres. Currently zoned for industrial use. Please contact County Administration for more information.
Cumberland Community Center & Educational Advancement Center
The Cumberland Community Center is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 60 and Route 45 in the central part of the county. The center is currently home to:
- Southside Virginia Community College
- Department of Social Services
- Bear Creek Academy
- Cumberland County Clothes Closet
- Christmas Mother
In addition, the center offers multiple conference rooms for hosting government and nonprofit organization meetings. The gymnasium is used for recreational programming. Long range plans for the center are listed in the Vision Statement (hyperlink to Vision Statement).
For more information, or to request room reservation information, please contact Stephany Johnson at (804) 492 - 3625
While future uses for the rest of the community center have not been fully determined, the County has identified several concepts which are outline in the Vision Statement. The county will put forth a master planning process to identify the needs of the community and create a master plan for the center accordingly. It is expected that those uses will include education, recreational, and small business opportunities.
Higgins Events at Northfield Plantation
For more information on Higgins Events at Northfield Plantation visit the links below.