The Debate: Why did you choose to live in Farmville?

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016

thomas-chuck2Chuck Thomas

Athletic Director of Fuqua School

Moved here: 2015

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There were a few reasons why I decided to move my family to Farmville. To be able to work and send my kids to a school that I knew had a small, family feel where they could receive a good education was important to me. I wanted to be a part of the community which I worked in. I thought it was important for my family to be active participants in the community. Farmville was not brand new to me. I knew of the town from when I coached basketball at Hampden-Sydney College in 2006-07. I commuted from Powhatan County each day and thought at that time that this is a place I could live and raise my family. I also wanted to (live) close to my work. I work a lot of hours as an athletic director, and I wanted the commute home after games to be short.

butler-pamPam Butler

Owner of Mainly Clay

Moved here: 1996

A two-college community offers cultural activity and a constant flow of new ideas, leading to a vibrant, exciting and progressive place to live. Also, Farmville was situated well for our family to allow for shorter commutes to jobs. We moved here when our children were in kindergarten and third grade. This is a wonderful and a safe place to raise children. Being the economic hub, Farmville is a great place to live and to be in business.  When renovating the building for Mainly Clay, we used local contractors, and all building materials were locally sourced. I love Farmville and am quite proud to live here.

patterson-cameronCameron Patterson

Program Coordinator, Office of Disability Resources at Longwood University

Moved here: 2010

I choose to live in Farmville because the area meets my personal and professional interest. Longwood University is such a great place to work at, and I continue to feel the same energy and passion for this place that I felt as a student. But also, over the past six years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to become involved in the community. Through involvement with the Farmville Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and other civic opportunities, I have met so many great folks and made so many great connections.

stump-joyJoy Stump

Executive Director of Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce

Moved here: 2015

My daughter and son-in-law live in Farmville, and my husband had a job opportunity open up for him in Richmond. We chose to live in Farmville so we could be close to family, and we are so glad we did. We absolutely love Farmville’s small-town charm and the friendliness and warmth of all the people we have met. We love that there are two colleges, so there is always something to do, and the town is vibrant with all the youth.

wiley-david2David Wiley

Entrepreneur/Owner of Strutz

Moved here: 2010

One of the reasons why I moved to Farmville was I saw great potential in the area; the city is forever changing, growing and expanding. I also looked at the town of Farmville and the community work ethics and was impressed to see how everyone worked together. When you have a town manager like Gerald Spates, who allows his door to be open to have an open dialogue, that speaks volumes. We all know that in any relationship communication is key. We have a police department that’s friendly, visible and always willing to give a hand. The Longwood Small Business Development Center, The Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations are willing to provide assistance. All I can say is that the town of Farmville has a big heart!

hart-navonaNavona Hart

Broker/Owner of Real Living Cornerstone

Moved here: 2002

We chose a home and a community. When we moved here, my boys were in first and third grade, and the move was a lifestyle choice. We wanted to slow down and enjoy life. We wanted a place where our family would be safe, our boys could play outside and we could enjoy nature.  The community had everything we needed — parks, lakes, shopping, arts and entertainment.

img_0132Sherre Atkins

Guest Services Coordinator/Administrative Office Specialist at Robert Russa Moton Museum

Moved here: Farmville native

I chose to stay in Farmville because I love the small-town vibe. During my adolescent and teen years, I couldn’t wait to leave Farmville, but as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve come to love our rich history, sense of community, small-town charm and southern hospitality! Farmville is a place where you can raise a family, contribute to a thriving community and grow to become a productive citizen. Everyone knows each other, and I like how we’re all family around here. We’ve come a long way, and we’re still growing, becoming and producing great people that will make significant contributions to the county, community, town, city, state, country and even the world. I love Farmville!