Program Administered by People, Inc. of Virginia

Ninth District
Development Financing, Inc.

Financing for tourism-related business ventures
in Virginia's Ninth Congressional District

About the Fund

History of the Fund

In 1995, U.S. Congressman Frederick C. (Rick) Boucher served as the catalyst among residents of the Ninth U.S. Congressional District of Virginia to create Ninth District Development Financing, Inc.  Rick’s passion for the Ninth District and his keen appreciation of the cultural assets and natural beauty of Southwest Virginia and the creativity of its citizens coalesced in the development of this tourism loan fund, providing economic development opportunities for tourism related businesses in the Ninth District.

In the years since its inception, Ninth District Development Financing, Inc. has remained true to its goal to enhance the development of travel destinations that are authentic and which add diversity to tourist experiences in the Ninth Congressional District of Southwest Virginia.  By providing working capital and fixed asset financing for projects that develop and enhance tourism, create jobs and expand economic development, the fund successfully supports efforts to preserve and enhance the cultural, historical, and natural assets that local citizens enjoy and would like to promote for the enjoyment of visitors to the region.

Providing funding for a diverse set of thriving tourist related businesses including arts, cultural, historical, outdoor adventure, and entertainment venues, Ninth District Development Financing, Inc. meets its objectives to create and retain jobs, promote the region’s historical significance and cultural preservation, and attract tourists while supporting and expanding the tourism economy of the ninth District.

Ensuring the creation of new job opportunities in the Ninth Congressional District is the highest priority of the Ninth District Development Fund.

Fund Participants

NDDF was originally funded by two grants from the federal government: a $1 million HUD Community Block Grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and an additional $500,000 from USDA Rural Development.

Covered Counties

Loan funds are available throughout the Ninth Congressional District including: the counties of Alleghany, Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe;  the western portion of both Henry and Roanoke counties; and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Martinsville, Norton, and Radford.  Businesses must be tourism-related and located within the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia to access funding.

Success Stories

Creeper Trail Campground -
Grayson Co.
West Wind Farm Winery and Vineyards - Wythe Co.
Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum - Bland Co.
Barter Theatre - Washington Co.
The Breaks - Dickenson Co.
Chateau Morrisette - Floyd Co.