Bluefield, Va. (AP) -- Ground has been broken for the first phase of a business park in southwest Virginia that economic development officials say will create more than 800 jobs.
The Bluestone Regional Business & Technical Park will be located off U.S. Route 460 near Bluefield.
R.W. "Buzz" Wilkinson, president of the Hugh I. Shott Jr. Foundation, says the 680-acre development will benefit both Virginia and West Virginia.
The foundation is one of the project's partners.
Other partners include the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday.
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