Roanoke area part of $900,000 in matching tourism grants

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that $927,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 43 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least […]

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Shenandoah brewery to invest $60 million in expansion, add jobs

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shenandoah brewery to invest $60 million in expansion, add jobs

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company, will invest $60 million to expand its Shenandoah brewery in Rockingham County. The brewery is the newest in the MillerCoors network and is used to service Northeast markets. The project will create 27 new jobs. The […]

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Roanoke MSA employment advances slightly for July – Virginia labor force contracts

Friday, August 19, 2016

Roanoke MSA employment advances slightly for July - Virginia labor force contracts

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was again unchanged at 3.7 percent in July—the third consecutive month at 3.7 percent. Roanoke Metropolitan Area (MSA) employment was little changed. From June to July 2016 Roanoke MSA gained the bulk of increased jobs – 1000 up .6%. From July 2015 at 161,200 to 162,300 for July 2016 Roanoke […]

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Public Safety/Patent Trolls topics of AG Mark Herring’s Roanoke visit

Friday, July 22, 2016

Public Safety/Patent Trolls topics of AG Mark Herring's Roanoke visit

Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum at Virginia Western Community College this morning featuring Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring said he is a pro-business attorney general. One of his topics strayed a bit from his safety initiatives and drifted into what are called “patent trolls” who prey on small businesses. Patent trolls […]

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and 2017 gubernatorial candidate made a sweep thru Roanoke Sunday first attending the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge in Southeast. MCC has held vigils for the 49 victims of the Orlando Florida shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub. Following a fundraiser Northam was keynote speaker at the Third […]

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Lowest Virginia unemployment rate since May 2008 at 3.8 percent

Friday, June 17, 2016

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in May and is now at 3.8 percent—the lowest rate since the May 2008 rate of 3.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which fell 0.3 percentage points in May to 4.7 percent. In May, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was […]

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Virginia State revenue behind forecast going into June

Monday, June 13, 2016

May revenue collections for the Commonwealth increased 6.4 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 1.9 percent but is behind the annual forecast of 3.2 percent growth. Governor McAuliffe stated “Although collections were positive for the month, payroll withholding and sales tax collections continue to underperform estimates, underscoring […]

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Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits comes to Botetourt

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits comes to Botetourt

The Center at Greenfield in Botetourt County gets another tenant. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits joins  Eldor Corp and the 2014 Altec Industries expansion. The Virginia Community College System’s system-wide administrative center is leasing nearby. The announcement comes on the heels of Roanoke’s capture of Deschutes Brewery that will start construction in 2017. The announcement: Ballast Point Brewing […]

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Gov. McAuliffe goes on business enticement mission to Boston and Canada

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe goes on business enticement mission to Boston and Canada

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he will lead a four-day marketing mission to Boston and Canada, May 17-20, 2016. The Governor will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, and representatives of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Virginia Tourism Corporation and […]

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Kroger union members vote Wednesday on probable strike authorization

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kroger union members vote Wednesday on probable strike authorization

Unless there is some last-minute offer by Kroger management UFCW Local 400 union members seem set to vote to strike on Wednesday. 41 area Kroger stores will be effected and approximately 3,000 of the affected associates are union members with Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW). “We’re hopeful that Kroger will […]

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In August Blue Ridge Beverage to distribute Deschutes beer in Southwest and Central VA

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In August Blue Ridge Beverage to distribute Deschutes beer in Southwest and Central VA

May 12, 2016 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today it will begin servicing 49 counties and 17 independent cities in the Southwest and Central portions of the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning early August. The brewery is partnering with Blue Ridge Beverage Company, which is headquartered in the Roanoke Valley. Earlier this year, Deschutes […]

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Virginia fiscal year-to-date revenue collections rose 2.7 percent, slightly behind the annual forecast

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue increased 7.5 percent in March as payroll withholding and sales tax collections increased.  On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 2.7 percent, behind the annual forecast of the 3.2 percent growth. “As we enter the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, we believe […]

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