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Feb 02

Franklin County Shines: Kelsey Hairston of Cakes by Kelsey

Posted to News & Stories on February 2, 2023 at 4:27 PM by Elizabeth Campos

Kelsey Hairston runs the Rocky Mount based Cakes by Kelsey, LLC. Learn more about why she thinks Franklin County shines.

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Jan 17

Franklin County Office of Economic Development Unveils New Online Job Board

Posted to News & Stories on January 17, 2023 at 9:20 AM by Elizabeth Campos

Find listings for all available jobs in one easy to use location at

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Tag(s): work here, business

Dec 12

Biotechnology Training Program Opens New Opportunities in Franklin County

Posted to News & Stories on December 12, 2022 at 12:37 PM by Elizabeth Campos

The biotechnology business is booming in Franklin County and the surrounding region. Southwest Virginia is fast being recognized around the Commonwealth as a hub for biotechnology innovation. In fact, new laboratories are under construction in Blacksburg and Roanoke to accommodate a growing number of biotechnology startups headquartered in the Blue Ridge. These developments are projected to create 250 new jobs over the next five years.

New jobs mean new opportunities and one local program is working hard to prepare the next generation of workers for success. Anticipating the need for a highly-trained workforce, Virginia Western Community College has launched initiatives to educate new grads for a STEM career right in their own backyard.

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Tag(s): work here, business