JCC Notebook: Supes to Meet and More

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The Board of Supervisors is set to meet next Tuesday with a light agenda, and a county Business and Technology Incubator client recently won an award. Read on for details.

Incubator Client Gets Award

Breathe Healthy, a James City County Business and Technology Incubator (JCCBTI) client, has won the 2012 Donna Noble Award from the Virginia Business Incubation Association.

The Donna Noble Award is presented annually to a client operating within a Virginia Incubator. The winner must be nominated by an Incubator manager who is a member of VBIA and must have exhibited exemplary accomplishments. Mike Vahey, CEO of Breathe Healthy, accepted the award at the annual VBIA conference in Charlottesville.

“We are delighted for Mike to win this award,” said Bill Bean, JCCBTI Manager. “His company has made tremendous strides since he joined the Incubator; the Donna Noble award certainly is a well-deserved testament to Mike’s hard work and subsequent success.”

Pictured from L to R: Mike Vahey, CEO of Breathe Healthy and Bill Bean, JCCBTI Manager.

Breathe Healthy manufactures and sells a line of breathing masks that are commonly used for allergy relief and protection from dust, pollen and germs. Their customers range from asthma sufferers to pet groomers. The company began operating in the area in 2009 and has been a JCCBTI client since 2010. Additional information about Breathe Healthy is available on their website www.breathehealthy.com.

Vahey attributes much of his company’s success to the many programs and services provided by the JCCBTI including considerable engagement with the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business and Entrepreneurship Center.

JCCBTI was founded by James City County and its Economic Development Authority and is currently managed by the College of William & Mary. The Incubator offers its clients a wide range of services tailored to their business’ individual needs, including educational programs through the Mason School of Business; development of business and financial plans; access to local service providers; and introduction to financing and funding resources. Incubator clients can range from fledgling companies to existing businesses that are transitioning to new locations.

Entrepreneurs who would like to find out more about becoming an Incubator client should contact Bill Bean at 221-7825 or at webean@wm.edu. More information about the Office of Economic Development is available online at www.yesjamescitycountyva.com.

Board Meeting

The James City County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday with a light agenda that includes public hearings about a few family subdivision applications, a discussion of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Program projects and whether to proceed with a large easement purchase.

Two public hearings scheduled include family subdivision applications, one for the Bernfeld family for its property at 6120 Centerville Road, and one for the Murphy family for a property at 10100 Sycamore Landing Road.

The Board will discuss the Virginia Department of Transportation Rvenue Sharing Program projects for the county. The program gives jurisdictions matching funds for highway improvements, with a one-to-one match up to $10 million.

Due to the high upfront cost, the county usually uses this program for small projects. Visit the county website to see a list of proposed projects the Board will consider.

The Board is also set to discuss a $1.3 million-dollar easement purchase to protect 158 acres of county land using the county’s Purchase of Development Rights program – if approved, it will be the biggest single expenditure in the history of the program. Read more about this in a previous WYDaily story.

See the agenda for the meeting online. The Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Building F of the County Government Complex on Mounts Bay Road.

Final Results in for Tuesday’s election

James City County’s voter registrar has released updated, final results from Tuesday’s election.

The new results are as follows:

Jamestown District Supervisor
Republican John Wright received 3,657 votes for 48.07 percent of the vote, to Democrat Jim Icenhour’s 3,915 votes for 51.47 percent of the vote. There were 35 write-ins.

Jamestown District School Board
Incumbent Jim Kelly received 4,592 votes for 64.27 percent of the vote. Challenger A. Reese Peck received 2,494 votes for 34.91 percent of the vote. There were 59 write-ins.

The only changes between the results reported in the early morning hours of Nov. 7 and Friday, when the final count was announced, were as a result of including Provisional Ballots and a reporting error in the Absentee Ballots for the Jamestown District Board of Supervisors position. The final results of the election did not change.

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