June 2, 2015

Nordvig Compares Ideas for Growth with Group from Germany – in ‘Deutsch’!

Powhatan, Virginia—Powhatan County Supervisor Larry Nordvig participated in a Trans-Atlantic Development Seminar in early June. A group from Germany visited Powhatan as part of an exchange program hosted by VCU.

The goal of the seminar was to share ideas about agribusiness growth, specifically focusing on small-size and organic farms. The western region from which the German group comes has similar challenges to those found in Powhatan. “We need to grow the commercial segment of our tax base, but we need to do so in such a way that we don’t lose the ‘rural feel’ of Powhatan County”, Nordvig said, “which is a similar situation for our European friends.”

The participants spent the morning with Powhatan County staff members. After a lunch in the Village, they spent the afternoon at Casselmonte Farm, owned by Bill and India Cox. Supervisor Bill Melton and real estate developer Sidney Gunst Jr. also took part.

Much to the surprise and delight of the German guests, Supervisor Nordvig introduced himself in fluent German, then went on to describe the situation in Powhatan, completely ‘auf Deutsch’. As to how he learned the language, Nordvig said, “My Grandfather spoke German, and so did my Father. I took 4 years in high school, then the equivalent of 6 years in college. Each morning, I read German on-line newspapers and watch videos.” He continued, “It’s a lot of fun! And, it removes cultural barriers and makes our guests feel at ease.”

Mr. Nordvig is convinced that agribusiness growth is a vital part of an overall plan to grow Powhatan’s commercial sector. The rest would include light industrial growth, as well as small business development and sports tourism. Nordvig said, “As Supervisor, I am aggressively seeking rural-friendly business growth, which will lessen the tax burden on our residents.”

Nordvig is running for re-election as District 2 representative on the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors.