Luria urges aid for poultry growers in COVID-19 relief package

Virginia Congresswoman Elaine Luria is urging congressional leadership to include assistance for contract poultry growers in future COVID-19 relief legislation. 

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Virginia Tourism grant will boost Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival marketing effort

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival has received $9,991.50 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program to promote the unique experiences of fine art, craft beer, and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround historic Crozet.

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$1.4M in state grants support redevelopment projects in Vinton, Warsaw, Wytheville

Gov. Ralph Northam last week announced Industrial Revitalization Fund awards for the towns of Vinton, Warsaw, and Wytheville, totaling more than $1.4 million.

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Grant will boost Harrisonburg International Festival

FairField Center has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program to help grow the online and mobile footprint of the Harrisonburg International Festival in support of international businesses in the region.

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Virginians would consider buying an EV: Inventory is a barrier

Virginia is ripe for widespread adoption of electric transportation, but low electric vehicle inventory and other barriers are preventing the Commonwealth from reaping the benefits, according to a new report from clean energy non-profit Generation180.

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Virginia Dental Association celebrates sesquicentennial in 2020

The Virginia Dental Association celebrates its sesquicentennial this November as it strives to represent and serve its nearly 4,000 member dentists by fostering quality oral health care and education.


Less Screen Time, More Play Time: Staunton markets weekend itinerary

The City of Staunton Tourism Department has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program to promote spring weekend family getaways.

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Virginia Trucking Association announces 2020 Fleet Safety Award winners

The Virginia Trucking Association held a virtual presentation of the 2020 Virginia Fleet Safety Awards, Safety Professional of the Year, Grand Trophy 2020 and the Virginia Driver of the Year this week.

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Dynamic Aviation to invest $47.9M, create 207 new jobs in Rockingham County

Dynamic Aviation will invest $47.9 million to expand its operation in Rockingham County, establishing a new 13,000-square-foot facility for office space and a composite shop, and a 33,000-square-foot hangar to house its legacy aircraft, including the first Air Force One.


Work Up an Appetite in Waynesboro tourism program gets state grant support

A $20,000 Virginia Tourism Corporation grant will help Waynesboro with a new marketing program highlighting the city’s proximity to the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail.

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Black leisure travelers spent $109.4B on U.S. travel in 2019

Black U.S. leisure travelers spent $109.4 billion on travel in 2019, generated by 458.2 million U.S. traveler stays, representing 13.1 percent of the U.S. leisure travel market.


Herring secures settlement with Apple over iPhone throttling

Apple will pay Virginia $2.6 million as part of a multistate settlement involving the company’s 2016 decision to throttle customers’ iPhone speeds.

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Economy during pandemic serves up fair business for local restaurants

Gov. Ralph Northam’s state-mandated lockdown placed restrictions on all kinds of businesses and encouraged residents to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but perhaps no industry was as affected as local restaurants.

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Virginia Employment Commission notified of end of Extended Benefits Program

The Virginia Employment Commission has been notified by the U. S. Department of Labor that the Extended Benefits Program in Virginia will end on Nov. 21.

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Klöckner Pentaplast to expand Louisa, Wythe operations

Klöckner Pentaplast Group (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, will invest a total of $68 million to expand its facilities in Louisa County and Wythe County, creating 54 new jobs in the Commonwealth.


VHHA partners with developer of contact tracing workforce technology solution

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is working with Contact Harald, which provides a Bluetooth technology contact tracing solution that enables employers to identify team members who have come into contact with a person affected by COVID-19.


Staunton: Shop and Dine Out in Downtown expanded during Thanksgiving weekend

Shop and Dine Out in Downtown will run beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday, Nov. 29 to provide additional opportunities to welcome residents and visitors for holiday shopping and outdoor eating during Thanksgiving weekend.


Harrisonburg Tourism receives state grant for tourism marketing

Harrisonburg Tourism has received $20,000, the maximum amount awarded, from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program, to promote Harrisonburg’s conference, meeting and event facilities to help bolster the local lodging industry.