The $6 million facility includes several welding stations, a robotic welding room and a virtual welding room, among other offerings.
The program, which graduated its first participant this year, is one of 56 in Virginia. Last year, 260 people completed a drug court program in the state.
The 4.2-acre park is in the heart of one of the city’s commercial districts and will feature walking trails and benches.
Eleven teams of elementary and middle school students from Martinsville will participate in a regional Lego robotics competition on Saturday. Last year, three teams from the city went on to the state contest.
Beth Simms comes to Patrick County from neighboring Franklin County, where she headed economic development efforts.
Aretha Ferrell-Benavides says she was fired from her previous job as a city manager in Texas because she raised concerns about the city’s bookkeeping and other issues. “That is exactly who we want in Martinsville,” one council member said.
The project is expected to bring eight courts to the region late next spring.
Health officials have put out a call for Martinsville-Henry County residents to get involved in finding solutions to the region’s health challenges.
Local support in Henry County for improving the existing road represents a change. Previously there were calls for an entirely new bypass around Martinsville called the Southern Connector.
Press Glass Inc. will invest $155.2 million, making this the largest economic development investment in Henry County history.