Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette
Martinsville, VA - It was the largest job announcement in the Martinsville/Henry County area since 2004. And Monday ICF officially opened its facility in Martinsville. Gov. Bob McDonnell was there to cut the ribbon.
ICF International plans to hire 540 employees over the next three years. They already have 173 workers and starting Monday, they are looking for 10 advisory positions.
ICF is an international consulting firm that has made Martinsville one of its homes.
McDonnell said that he wants to make ICF a model for other companies around the country and the world to come to Southside. He says that this announcement will not only help unemployment in the area but will also inspire other businesses to see the success in the region.
"This is the beginning of really an exciting transformation that is going to mean more opportunity, more wealth and frankly more access to the American dream for people in Southern Virginia," he said.
The vice president of ICF says they picked Martinsville for a variety of reasons from the geographical location to potential employees.
"We're here for the long haul. It's always hard to tell you what is in the crystal ball, but as we look into the future we think we will be very very doable to meet our commitment to the governor," said Frank Abramcheck.
McDonnell ceremoniously signed nine bills to help with economic development in the area. He says while they are proud of the jobs they've create, they're not going to stop now.