College costs are out of control says a Virginia poll – hurting the state’s economy

Monday, January 16, 2017

According to a poll released today by Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, Virginia voters – in fact, more than 85 percent – believe improving the affordability and accessibility of Virginia’s public colleges and universities would help solve one of the state’s thorniest problems: its sluggish economy. The poll, conducted January 3-5 by two of America’s […]

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Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

Friday, December 16, 2016

Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point in November to 4.2 percent from October’s revised rate of 4.1 percent. Compared to a year ago, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged. The labor force expanded for the fourth consecutive month to 4,261,091, a record high. The labor force increased by 13,797 in […]

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Novatech Group to invest $3 million in Martinsville and create 50 new jobs

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MARTINSVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Novatech Group, a leading Quebec manufacturer of doorglass, steel doors, patio doors, retractable screens, and insulated glass with or without blinds, will invest $3 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Henry County. The company will lease a 100,000-square-foot facility to produce and distribute a […]

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Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals – What’s next in federal health care policy?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals - What's next in federal health care policy?

RICHMOND, VA – Newly released figures from Virginia Health Information (VHI), the agency that gathers and reports health care data in the Commonwealth, yet again confirm the fact that many local hospitals across the state continue to struggle financially. The numbers show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acute care, critical access, and children’s hospitals, and […]

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New CEO takes the reigns of troubled Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Monday, November 28, 2016

New CEO takes the reigns of troubled Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the selection of Stephen Moret as President and CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership selected by the VEDP Board of Directors. “I congratulate and welcome Stephen Moret as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. I commend the VEDP Board of Directors for selecting […]

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Virginia unemployment rate ticks up slightly – Roanoke MSA gains jobs

Friday, November 18, 2016

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.2 percentage point in October to 4.2 percent and was the same rate as a year-ago October. The labor force expanded for the third consecutive month, increasing by 27,001, or 0.6 percent, as both the number of people reporting that they were working and number of people seeking […]

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JLARC gives scathing review of Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority

Monday, November 14, 2016

In 2016 the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 7, which directed JLARC staff to review various aspects of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP). The Roanoke Times reported that Gov. Terry McAuliffe awarded a state grant of $1.4 million to Chinese nationals on the basis of contents on a website. The JLARC produced […]

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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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