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Adams seeks 4th term in Blackberry district
Board chairman running unopposed
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
For the 12 years that he has held the Blackberry District seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors, Jim Adams said he has cultivated a holistic approach to helping govern the county.
When asked about his most important contributions, Adams, 59, said, “It’s hard to single out any one thing.”
It also is tantamount to choosing between a wide variety of services, said Adams, who is unopposed in his bid for a fourth term on the board in the Nov. 5 election.
For instance, “How important is education? It is vitally important. But also and equally important are funding public safety, economic development by creating new jobs and retaining businesses and industries,” he said.
Adams said if his focus is on one area more than any other, it would be economic development.
“It’s always about job creation and anything that we can do to keep that going,” he said.
But, he noted, economic development is tied to many other areas, including “infrastructure, the education of residents to have the skills needed to have a job — and that starts at the elementary school level and continues” to higher education through partnerships with local colleges such as the New College Institute and Patrick Henry Community College, as when specific skills are needed, Adams said.
Recreational activities and quality of life also are important to economic development, as are public safety, law enforcement and emergency medical services, he added.
Education officials work together with industries to tailor training programs to businesses’ specific needs, he said.
“Also, recruitment of new industries and businesses is important, but so is retaining jobs, keeping businesses here and helping them any way we can,” Adams said. “There are multiple equally important pieces of the same equation.”
Adams is on the West Piedmont Planning District Commission and also has served on the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Henry County Schools Facilities Improvement Committee. He is on the Bassett Housing Rehabilitation Board, which helps oversee a more than $997,000 housing rehab project in the Riverside Drive area of Bassett.
A member of the Sanville Ruritan Club and the 2011-2012 president of the Bassett Kiwanis Club, Adams is on the Board of Directors of MARC Workshop, the Executive Board of the Early Childhood Learning Initiative in Martinsville, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the Board of Directors of the Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department and as an elder at Stella Christian Church.
He is the branch manager and oversees procurement for Tarheel Paper and Supply in Martinsville.
He and his wife, Teresa Adams, have two adult daughters: Monica Hatchett and Nicole Adams. The family lives on Dalewood Drive in the Bassett community.