SustainFloyd seeks lead project developer for food processing facility

SustainFloyd is looking for a lead project developer to handle the next phase of work on a proposed food processing facility in Floyd County.

This project seeks to create a whole new market for regional specialty crops by successfully moving the development of a local food processing facility in Southwest Virginia through pre-construction up to and including the hiring of an architect and prime contractor.

The facility will ultimately source local specialty crops to create a wide range of value-added, regionally branded products created by providing three services: 1) providing signature branded processed foods to area institutions and retailers with a defined local label or labels; 2) providing shared-use access of production space, storage, and technical assistance for small scale food entrepreneurs located in the region, and; 3) providing contract manufacturing under private labels for existing value adding food businesses in Virginia.

With the support of SustainFloyd, the lead project developer will be expected to:
• Work with regional stakeholders, New Venture Advisors and Project Steering Committee to finalize business plan and achieve consensus on project development;
• Identify and negotiate an agreement for a viable lot for the facility;
• Work closely with relevant regulatory agencies during facility development and equipment acquisition, including the local health department, VDACS food inspectors, and the US Food & Drug Administration;
• Promote the project’s concept and potential to possible users and the general public in the region;
• Coordinate outreach to and communication with specialty crop growers and commercial users of the facility;
• Work as the “owner’s representative” and negotiate services with architects, general contractors, and specialized construction personnel before facility construction;
• Negotiate purchase and installation of key equipment;
• Lead a search for the permanent facility manager/executive director and identify strong candidates for the job;
• Develop a legal management structure for the facility.

The deadline for proposals is Jan. 31. Work should begin in March.

Are you interested? Contact SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton at for more information and a copy of the Request for Proposals.

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