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Hurt: Bipartisan bill should lead to economic growth
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Robert Hurt

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Virginia Delegation in Congress came together last week in a bipartisan effort to introduce legislation that will remove an impediment to economic growth and allow for industrial development and job creation throughout Virginia and the country. 

In an effort to eliminate the federal roadblocks that prevent communities in Central and Southside Virginia from competing for vital jobs, Congressmen Robert Hurt and Morgan Griffith and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act.

This legislation would restrict regulators from denying a permit for economic development site preparation due to the lack of a company committing to utilize the location, Hurt said. 

"Communities across the country have made every effort to acquire necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prepare commercial properties to attract businesses to their area, but they have been denied at every turn because no company has committed to building a facility at that site."

Without these permits, the likelihood of bringing manufacturing firms to these sites is extremely low if not impossible, Hurt said. 

"The regulatory red tape preventing any of this progress from occurring is strictly bureaucratic -- it defies commonsense to deny an otherwise legitimate and thoroughly prepared permit application for an economic development site because of a lack of commitment by a company for use," Hurt added.

This bill will establish reasonable and responsible guidelines to allow initiatives like Pittsylvania County's Berry Hill Mega Park, Henry County's Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC) and other sites to move forward in the permitting process, Hurt said, so they can attract major economic development projects.

"I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues in both the House and Senate to advance the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act," Hurt added. "I remain committed to encouraging economic growth in Virginia and implementing policies that create jobs across our country, and I am confident that this bill is a key part of the solution."

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