Lexington, VA - April 7, 2015 - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made his first visit to the Virginia Horse Center on Monday, April 6. McAuliffe arrived by helicopter on Monday afternoon to address a crowd of more than 100 visitors gathered in the Horse Center's Appomattox Mezzanine overlooking the Anderson Coliseum.
While at the Horse Center, McAuliffe presented a $500,000 Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) grant to the BARC Electric Cooperative. BARC Electric is a member-owned, nonprofit, electric cooperative that provides electric services to members in Allegheny, Augusta, Bath, Highland and Rockbridge Counties. The ARC grant will allow BARC to launch a community solar energy project and learning center, generating renewable energy while simultaneously educating students and the local community. This solar energy project is of particular interest to the Virginia Horse Center, as management considers future opportunities to provide and utilize renewable energy on site at the Horse Center.
In addition to the presentation of the ARC grant, McAuliffe, whose daughter, Sally, is herself an equestrian, expressed how impressed he was with the facilities and spoke of the beauty and important economic impact of the Horse Center and the surrounding area.
"The beauty that you have here is just extraordinary. It's unmatched I think anywhere in the globe, the natural beauty," McAuliffe said. "I always talk about what a gem this community is, a gem for our Commonwealth that helps us grow and diversify our economy."
All on hand for the governor's address were also treated to lunch catered by the Virginia Horse Center's internal food service staff.
Find out more about the Virginia Horse Center at www.horsecenter.org.