The King Leedburg’s administration is considering whether to open up a small, white-owned business in rural central Virginia.
King Leesbruk’s administration, which was founded by King Leersburg Mayor John Stoddard and is chaired by Gov.
Ralph Northam, is looking into whether to license a small-scale farm in rural Leesburgh County, a town of just over 100,000 about an hour south of the White House.
The farm would be part of a broader effort to create jobs and create jobs opportunities in rural Virginia, Northam said Monday, adding that he and his administration have discussed the matter with Leesburger.
“The Governor and I talked about this issue and he and I both have a great respect for what the farmer community has done over the last 100 years,” Northam told reporters at a White House press briefing.
“We want to work with them to try to make this happen, but we need to be very careful not to put our hand in the air and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to open this up and open up this and we’re open to everything.'”
The proposal comes as Leesburns population has grown rapidly.
According to census data released last month, the town has nearly 7,000 residents and the city has nearly 12,000.
A white-Owned business in the county, a population of 1,900, has about a 1.2 percent ownership share of the local economy, according to a county government report.
The county has about 6,300 people of mixed race.
“If I have an opportunity to open a farm in Leesbury County, that’s something I would absolutely take,” Northamp said.
Northam said he has not met with the Leesbanders about the potential business, but said that Leesberger, the city and the state are “very, very interested” in the idea.
Leesburg has had an influx of immigrants and a population boom over the past few decades, but it has struggled to find qualified, low-cost labor to keep pace with growing demand.
Leesburgers economic development agency, the Leerstown Development Corporation, is considering opening a small business in Leeseburg County in order to fill jobs and increase its population.