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Committee Could Plan for CVTC'S Future


Amherst Co., VA - Amherst County is considering creating a committee to plan for the future of the Central Virginia Training Center.

The director of the county's Social Services Department pitched the idea to supervisors at Tuesday's board meeting.

They'd go building by building, assessing the condition of the massive campus. In case the state decides to sell it, they'd develop a plan to make it more marketable in the future.

The population at CVTC has plummeted from 3,600 people in its prime to 355 today.

"There needs to have a vision for the training center and that property. It's a major facility, major investment," said Glenn Sullivan.

The director of Amherst County's Social Services Department suggested a committee take an inventory of the campus's 80 buildings -- many of which are vacant or underused.

"I think if things weren't so costly for the state, the state may be more likely to keep that facility open," Sullivan told board members.

The committee would consider things like downsizing the campus, saving the state some of the $81 million it shells out on the institution every year.

In 15 years, the department of Justice wants the population down to zero.

"We need to look towards the economic development opportunities here, not just simply the loss of jobs," said Delegate Scott Garrett, who attended Tuesday's meeting.

From construction workers to caterers to health care workers, CVTC pays the bills for 1,200 people.

It's a powerhouse for the powerless and a comprehensive plan could keep the economic engine running a little longer.

"I don't think that letting it lay fallow is at all the most efficient or prudent way," Garrett added.

The board didn't take any action on creating a committee at this afternoon's meeting.

Region 2000 has also offered to help CVTC with the transition.

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