Community and Economic Development
MBC is a not-for-profit entity created to drive economic development in Southern Virginia. MBC takes seriously our role of corporate citizen. Through scholarships, sponsorships, and partnerships, MBC continually invests in community and economic development by strengthening and empowering students and non-profit organizations across Southern Virginia.
The SOVA Innovation Hub, a non-profit organization and state-of-the art facility in South Boston, is a partnership between MBC and Microsoft created to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia.
INVESTMENTS IN STEM EDUCATION
COMMUNITY COLLEGE INVESTMENTS
MBC gives $5,000 each year to the four community colleges in the MBC footprint: Central Virginia Community College, Danville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College. This money provides opportunities to students who are furthering their education in STEM fields through scholarships and Patrick Henry Community College’s eSports gaming team.
WANDA B. JEFFRESS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Wanda Bostick Jeffress was a very active community leader whose involvement included serving on the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Board of Directors. In her memory, MBC established a scholarship for graduating seniors from Halifax County High School who are majoring in a STEM field.
INVESTMENTS IN ROBOTICS
FIRST ROBOTICS IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA
MBC sponsors school robotics teams in Southern Virginia that compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) program, which includes students in grades 9-12 and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program, which includes students in grades 7-12. The yearly MBC sponsorship covers the cost of the kit of parts, team registration, and district event registrations for these teams.