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Halifax County Board of Commissioners Chairman Vernon Bryant lauded announcements made Thursday  tied to a broadband project and a program improving access to numerous federal departments and programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division awarded Halifax and Warren counties a $17.5 million grant to improve broadband. 

The department also announced the expansion of the Rural Partners Network to several communities in North Carolina to include Halifax and Northampton counties.

"On behalf of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners, I want to say that yesterday was a great day for Halifax County with two major announcements that will truly move the needle for our citizens,” said Bryant. “Both the ReConnect Program and Rural Partners Network will be game changers for education and economic development and position the county for additional growth opportunities. Our federal and state governments are paying attention to rural communities and leveling the playing field to benefit our citizens.”

Announcements were made in Raleigh and Elm City, the first one at Wake Tech Community College where USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu joined stakeholders for a meeting with Governor Roy Cooper, United States Congresswoman Deborah Ross and elected officials and staff from Halifax and Warren counties and the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe.

In that meeting Vilsack announced the $17.5 million grant to connect thousands of people, 100 businesses, 76 farms and 22 educational facilities to high-speed internet in Halifax and Warren counties.

Following the Raleigh announcement, Bryant, County Manager Dia Denton, and Economic Development Director Cathy Scott traveled to Elm City, joining additional Halifax County staff to connect with leaders from several other eastern North Carolina counties and municipalities for another significant project announcement by USDA — the expansion of the Rural Partners Network to several North Carolina communities.

Halifax County, in partnership with Northampton County, has been named one of five RPNs in the state. 

The county said, “The RPN will afford Halifax and other rural counties to take advantage of federal programs that have historically been difficult to navigate by providing dedicated staff with expertise, which will be particularly helpful for our municipal partners.”