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McAuliffe touts controversial Dominion pipeline

Today at a press conference in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Dominion Resources CEO Tom Farrell and Hank Linginfelter, EVP Distribution Operations, AGL Resources and Chairman, Virginia Natural Gas,announced the considerable economic benefits that the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline will bring to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced by Dominion and its partners.

Virginia receives National Governor’s Association grant

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) announced last week that Virginia has been selected to receive a $170,000 grant and will also be one of 14 states to participate in an 18 month national policy academy aimed at better aligning education and workforce training to economic development priorities.

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McAuliffe signs executive order establishing The New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee

During his monthly appearance on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor,” Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 26 establishing The New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee.


Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission celebrates 45th year

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) turns 45 in September, and the organization that was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1969 to establish regional cooperation as a cornerstone to long–term prosperity and economic success continues to distinguish itself as a model of what cooperation between government agencies can accomplish.

McAuliffe announces second year of VEDP Going Global Defense Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has received grant funding for a second year of its Going Global Defense Initiative (GGDI).

Vaughn tapped to lead economic development in the City of Staunton

Staunton City Manager Steve Owen announces the selection of William “Billy” Vaughn as director of economic development.

Sen. Warner named Legislator of the Year by National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has named U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) their Legislator of the Year for his work in Congress on behalf of small businesses.

WDDI launching crowdfunding effort to place kiosk downtown

Waynesboro’s Main Street organization, WDDI, is tapping into a new fundraising source to jumpstart a project to locate an information kiosk in the heart of Downtown Waynesboro.

Vector Industries to celebrate anniversary in October

Vector Industries is marking its 45th year in operations with a series of events in October inviting the community to learn more about the unique non-profit business.

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Randy Forbes: Your first job and American employment

Remember with me back to the first day of your very first job. Perhaps you remember the excited and nervous pit that sat heavy in your stomach as you put on your most confident smile and walked inside.

Museum interpretive center: Study funded, but where will project money come from?

The big news in Waynesboro this week is that the city and the Virginia Museum of Natural History have come up with the $50,000 needed to proceed with the development of a master plan for a proposed museum interpretive facility in Waynesboro. But what about the rest of the projected $7.4 million cost to build and open the interpretive center? Where will that money come from?

Virginia counties honored for digital information efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe today congratulated nine Virginia counties that received top rankings in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey.

McAuliffe announces 800 new jobs for Arlington County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that CEB, the leading member-based advisory company, will invest $149.7 million in a new headquarters operation to support the company’s next-generation workplace plans and accommodate its growing global requirements.

Relay Foods to add 25 jobs in Charlottesville

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today in the City of Charlottesville that Relay Foods (www.relayfoods.com) will expand its corporate headquarters and Charlottesville fulfillment center to accommodate increased local demand for its products and to support the company’s entry into new markets, including those beyond Virginia.

Bloomaker to expand Augusta County operations

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Bloomaker USA Inc. (www.bloomaker.com) will expand its existing horticulture operation, located in Waynesboro.

Lynchburg District roads funding improvements

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding for transportation projects that will improve travel and economic development in the Lynchburg District.

State roads funding improvements in Shenandoah Valley

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding for significant projects that will improve travel in the Staunton region and the Shenandoah Valley.

McAuliffe Announces 2,000 new jobs in Chesterfield County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today at the Virginia State Capitol that Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese pulp and paper company will invest $2 billion over five years to establish its first U.S. advanced manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County.

McAuliffe kicks off meeting of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission

Governor McAuliffe kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, a group established by executive order which will bring public and private sector experts together to make recommendations on how to make Virginia a leader in cyber security

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Warner Senate campaign releases second TV ad

Senator Mark Warner’s re-election campaign today released its second television ad, “Insourcing,” which highlights his bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate to reform the tax code to provide targeted incentives to companies that bring high tech and manufacturing jobs to Virginia and the United States.

Waynesboro names Jenny Harvey new tourism head

The City of Waynesboro Office of Economic Development and Tourism announced that Jenny Carter Harvey has accepted the position of assistant director of economic development effective June 2, 2014.

McAuliffe announces agriculture planning grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that three projects were awarded $60,000 in planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

Ken Plum: Are business incentives worth the investment?

Last month Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia will participate in the Business Incentives Initiative, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).

Downtown Harrisonburg hosts Renaissance Night on May 17

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) will host Renaissance Night, its major fundraiser for downtown revitalization, on Saturday, May 17th from 6:30 to 11pm at Capital Ale House in Downtown Harrisonburg.

Governor McAuliffe names six members to Commonwealth Transportation Board

Today at a press conference in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he has named six new Virginia business and transportation leaders to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia’s acceptance in Business Incentives Initiative

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia’s acceptance in the Business Incentives Initiative, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).

Richmond, state seek money for expanded bus transit system

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Greater Richmond Transit Company, the City of Richmond and Henrico County are collaborating on a grant application for funding to construct the Broad Street Bus-Rapid Transit system.

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Governor McAuliffe marks 100 days of his administration

Governor Terry McAuliffe today marked his administration’s hundredth day and launched 100Days.Virginia.gov, a website highlighting key accomplishments his administration has made so far in critical areas such as economic development, transportation, and education.

Jenn Vervier: Clean water is key to business success

Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month.

Larry Wills: Proposed tax rate increase not an easy call

The recent decision by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors to advertise a five cent tax rate increase was not an easy one, nor was it a decision that was undertaken without a thorough examination of the proposed County budget and a review of the County’s current and upcoming needs.

Waynesboro tourism post vacant

A brief email from Waynesboro economic development director Greg Hitchin notified local tourist-industry businesses Tuesday that city tourism director Katie McElroy is no longer employed with the city.

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Robert Hurt: A victory for job creation in Virginia’s Fifth District

Last week’s March Jobs Report once again demonstrated that this administration’s policies are hindering the dynamic economic and job growth we so desperately need.

Sen. Tim Kaine holds economic development roundtable in Clifton Forge

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and elected officials from Covington, Alleghany County and Clifton Forge on Friday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

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Robert Hurt: Working together with our local leaders to enhance our communities

Over the past week, I had the opportunity to meet with local elected officials throughout Central and Southside Virginia who join me in representing the two cities, 21 counties, and 39 towns that make up Virginia’s Fifth District.

Staunton hires new assistant director of economic development

The City of Staunton announces the selection of Courtland Robinson as assistant director of economic development. With a background in economic development and downtown revitalization, Robinson brings experience with local governments and public-private organizations in the Shenandoah Valley.

House of Delegates votes down Marketplace Virginia Medicaid proposal

The House of Delegates on Thursday voted down the Marketplace Virginia healthcare coverage proposal crafted by a bipartisan group in the State Senate to close the Medicaid coverage gap.

Botetourt County joins the Fields of Gold Program

The Fields of Gold agritourism initiative spearheaded by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) is expanding to Botetourt County in 2014.

Creigh Deeds: Change in Richmond

Nearly halfway into the 2014 session two new senators were seated. Since both senators, Jennifer Wexton from Loudoun County and Lynwood Lewis from Accomack County, are Democrats, the balance of power shifted in the Senate of Virginia.

McAuliffe announces agriculture and forestry industries grants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week the award of two planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

Ken Plum: Gov. McAuliffe sets the stage

Last week I heard the 35th State of the Commonwealth speech since I have been a member of the House of Delegates. I think Governor Terry McAuliffe made the best of any of the speeches I have heard over my career in the legislature.

Ken Plum: Five million dollars a day

Virginia taxpayer dollars not returned to them has amounted to five million dollars each day since Jan. 1, 2014, and will continue at that rate each day that Virginia refuses to expand its Medicaid program. In addition, at least 400,000 working Virginians will continue to be uninsured.


Amtrak to extend service to Roanoke

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Norfolk Southern Corporation have entered into an agreement to improve rail related infrastructure between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend offers unique platform for entrepreneurs

Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend takes place Feb. 7 – 9, 2014 in JMU’s Showker Hall. Starting on Friday night, experienced or novice entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and receive feedback from their peers.

Augusta County names new economic development assistant

Augusta County’s Department of Economic Development announces today the selection of Rebekah S. Castle as its new economic development marketing assistant. Castle, an Augusta County native, brings to the position over seven years of economic development experience and most recently served the Shenandoah Valley Partnership as events coordinator.

TE Connectivity Ltd. to expand operation in Culpeper, create 30 new jobs

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) will invest more than $15 million in the expansion of the company’s operations in the Town of Culpeper in Culpeper County. The plant designs and manufactures undersea fiber optic telecommunication cables, electro-optical-mechanical cables, and steel wire.

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Matt Lohr leaving state post for Farm Credit of the Virginias

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Comissioner Matt Lohr announced today that he will be leaving the agency in early December to begin a new position as director of the Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center in Harrisonburg.

McDonnell announces ag development grant recipients

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today the recipients of the initial round of fiscal year 2014 planning grants from the planning grants program of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

Virginia Amtrak readership grows

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Amtrak Virginia service continues to grow year and after year, delivering statewide benefits, providing vital transportation services, advancing the Commonwealth’s economy, and demonstrating the value and convenience of intercity passenger rail.

McDonnell leads economic development and job creation mission to California, Asia

Gov. Bob McDonnell, several cabinet secretaries and a team of Virginia economic development officials will embark Wednesday, April 10 on a 16-day job creation and economic development marketing mission to Los Angeles, San Francisco, China and Japan before concluding on April 26.