Tag: economic development

Waynesboro: Closed for business

Waynesboro leaders are going to save city taxpayers $140,000 this year by reneging on an economic-development deal with the Wayne Theatre.

Waynesboro: A sick, twisted joke in bad government

Waynesboro is already an absolute joke in economic-development circles for the inaction of the last eight years.

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Landes economic development legislation signed by governor

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, announced Governor McAuliffe’s approval of a pair of his economic development initiatives.


House of Delegates passes GO Virginia legislation with major bipartisan support

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed HB 834 and HB 846, the legislative centerpieces of GO Virginia, with major bipartisan support.

Virginia has spent $679 million on economic development incentives since 2010

Virginia has spent $679 million for performance and ongoing economic development incentives since 2010, according to a presentation received by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday.

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Del. Steve Landes highlights 2016 legislative priorities

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, today announced his legislative priorities, with a focus on economic development, education and health care.

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McAuliffe announces $2.43 billion bond package to fund research, economic development

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget he will introduce on December 17 will include a $2.43 billion bond package.

Shenandoah Valley Partnership highlights transportation assets at fall events

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership hosted two economic development events this fall focusing on the Shenandoah Valley’s access to markets and substantial transportation and logistics assets.

Cut out the state: Free entrepreneurship

The state often imposes enormous regulatory hurdles like licensing fees and time-consuming and expensive classes on people trying to carve out a basic living. And it’s all done by the state for our supposed safety. But this is time and money that Achan Agit, a hair-braider from Iowa, simply didn’t have.

Lead or get out of the way: Exit 96 discussion shows again why change needed in Waynesboro

Waynesboro leaders voted four years ago to pay $3.475 million for what is now 177 acres of scrub brush located off Exit 96. And it will remain scrub brush if Waynesboro City Council member Frank Lucente gets his way.

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Economic development to be key topic at JMU biotechnology showcase

Economic development and industry will be key topics of discussion Monday, Oct. 12 during a biotechnology showcase of the Shenandoah Valley at James Madison University.

What role does a new Waynesboro High School play in economic, community development?

The Waynesboro School Board is trying to cast the need for a new $76 million Waynesboro High School in economic development terms. A new school, board members have argued, will help attract new business to Waynesboro, and even if it’s just a sales pitch, it’s a sales pitch based on a valid point, when you consider how decisions are made about locating a new development project somewhere.

Hurt, Kaine, Warner, Griffith introduce bill to promote economic development, reform permitting process

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia), along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia), recently introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 3434 and S. 1914) in both houses of Congress.

Qore Systems LLC to invest $12.8 million in first Virginia operation

Qore Systems LLC will invest $12.8 million to relocate from Arizona and establish its first Virginia operation in Highlands Business Park, owned and operated by Smyth County and Washington County.


Charlottesville to host workshop on how zoning code can encourage economic development

City of Charlottesville officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America on April 28 and 29 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program.

Economic developers honor Shenandoah Valley region for best practices

The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) announced the selection of The Shenandoah Valley Region as winner of the 2015 Community Economic Development Award for the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program.

Governor McAuliffe announces $226,000 in Building Entrepreneurial Economies funding

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $226,000 in Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) awards for 12 projects in the Commonwealth.

Governor announces partnerships to leverage higher education for economic development

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Virginia’s public institutions of higher education renewed and expanded their commitment to economic development.

Albemarle County announces hiring of new economic develoment director

Albemarle County has named Faith McClintic as its new economic development director effective April 1, 2015. McClintic will be the first director of the County’s newly established Economic Development Office.


Shenandoah Valley hosts Virginia’s first Agritourism Summit

Agritourism farmers, economic development staff, and local government leaders will gather on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, to explore innovative ideas on agritourism at the 2015 Virginia Conference on Agritourism in the Creative Economy.

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Mark Obenshain: The governor is at it again

Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor deliver the annual “State of the Commonwealth” address.

Governor McAuliffe announces more than $700K in Community Development Block Grants for Charles City, Wise

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday more than $700,000 in Community Development Block Grants for the Counties of Charles City and Wise.

Virginia Tech’s X.J. Meng elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology at Virginia Tech, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Governor McAuliffe announces $1 million investment in Carroll County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Thomas Automation Management, LLC (TAM), an automation firm that solves industrial IT problems for companies around the world, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, creating 15 new jobs.


Copper Fox Distillery committing to source 100% Virginia-grown products, revitalize Williamsburg site

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Copper Fox Distillery (www.copperfox.biz) will open its second malting, production, aging, and tasting facility in the City of Williamsburg.

Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia Enterprise Zone designations

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations. Five new zones were designated in the Commonwealth, including two regional zones.

Governor McAuliffe announces third round of agriculture, forestry planning grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the award of four planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

VEDP is No. 2 in Top 10 state economic development organization ranking for 2014

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) received the No. 2 spot in The American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations ranking for 2014.


Charlottesville wins competitive award to help with sustainable land use audit

Charlottesville’s work to make downtown a more walkable, attractive destination has helped us win a national competitive award.

Governor McAuliffe announces 45 new jobs in Augusta County

Italy-based Provides Metalmeccanica Srl, a leader in the heat exchanger sector, will invest $6.1 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation, Provides US, Inc., in Augusta County.

Staunton receives $100,000 for Entrepreneur Challenge

Governor Terry McAuliffe at last week’s Virginia Economic Summit announced the City of Staunton as one of the first three communities that will each receive up to $100,000 for small business development.

Governor McAuliffe unveils the Virginia Community Business Launch

Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled the first ever Virginia Community Business Launch and announced the first three communities that will each receive up to $100,000 for small business development: the cities of Staunton and Hopewell and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County.

Virginia leaders applaud Governor McAuliffe’s economic strategic plan

Virginia elected officials, business leaders and advocates from across the Commonwealth released statements today following Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiling his New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan.

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Governor McAuliffe announces jobs, economic development agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe released his New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan and a series of legislative proposals aimed at accomplishing the plan’s mission of growing and diversifying the Virginia economy.

Governor McAuliffe announces the Commonwealth’s first Business Plan Competition

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia will host a world class business plan competition during the spring and summer of 2015.

John Donohue named director of American National University Charlottesville campus

John Donohue has been named the new campus director of American National University’s Charlottesville campus.

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Del. Sam Rasoul earns 100 percent rating from Sierra Club

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has received a perfect score on the Virginia Sierra Club’s first General Assembly Legislative Scorecard.

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Emmett Hanger co-chairs Summit on Rural Prosperity

State Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta), Chairman of the Virginia Rural Center, has taken a lead role in organizing and hosting the Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity.

CIT releases updated Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap

The Center for Innovative Technology announced the release of the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap for fiscal year 2015.

Local group aims to organize Staunton’s West End

For the past six months, a local group of residents has met regularly to discuss ways to revitalize, organize and improve Staunton’s West Beverley corridor from Thornrose Cemetery to the Augusta County line.


City of Waynesboro honored for economic development brochure

The City of Waynesboro Virginia received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure.


United Way, Community Foundation, CAPSAW discuss community needs

Leaders of the United Way, CAPSAW, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge met with community leaders to share what they gleaned from a series of community conversations conducted over the past year.

Dennis Burnett: A bright light extinguished too soon

Dennis Burnett cannot be gone. He would be a bright light on a star in the sky; he could serve as a source of energy power for a small town. People like that don’t die; they don’t even fade away.


Fields of Gold agritourism program awarded USDA grant

A growing group of agritourism operators in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia recently received a significant boost in promotional and technical support with the award of a $93,674 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program.

Gov. McAuliffe and Steve Forbes host celebration of release of Virginia section in 2014 Forbes 400

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week the release of a Virginia advertising section that appears in the 2014 Forbes 400 magazine issue. The Governor and Mr. Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, hosted an event in New York City to celebrate the advertising section.

Vector Industries hosts government leaders at anniversary event

Representatives from City Hall all the way to Capitol Hill were at Vector Industries to learn more about the Waynesboro-based nonprofit that employs and trains persons with diverse disabilities to enable them to reach their potential as productive community members.

InterChange purchase to provide food grade facility in Augusta County

InterChange Group, Inc. has purchased the former Invista Stone Fort II facility located just outside of Waynesboro.