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Danville start up expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the city must deliver

Published On: Jul 24 2013 08:08:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2013 08:21:15 PM EDT

WDBJ7's Justin Ward checked with the Danville's economic development office to find out if that business owner is keeping his end of the bargain.


When a new business opens in Danville, it's encouraged to have a presence on Main Street.

One year ago a start up company, Web Parts, LLC., opened up on Main Street.

A year later, the city says the company is getting a slow start.

Web Parts' owner moved from Guatemala to Danville to open up the business in an office building.

It promised good paying computer programming, technical assistance, marketing, and finance jobs.

In a news release sent last year the company promised 20 jobs by the end of last year, ultimately hiring 260 people by 2015, with good salaries.

The city gave Web Parts a $1 million grant from the Tobacco Commission, releasing parts of the money over a three year period.

"Now when the time does come, if they have not met their requirements of the job count of 260 jobs, and capital investment of ten million, then they will have to pay back, on their goals. We always keep in constant contact to make sure they're aware of that. When that three years is up, they're expected to pay back if they don't meet those goals,” Danville Economic Development Director Jeremy Stratton said.

Web Parts moved to another storefront downtown and has very few employees right now.

The city and the owner still have hope.

The owner tells us that another Danville business, HorizonTech, is offering training for programming jobs.