Economics & Economy

Aerial Views
4:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Drones Used in Real Estate Market

Jamie Ohler holds his drone.

Drones have gained global attention for their ability to spy on people in times of war, but these unmanned flying objects have plenty of peaceful  applications, and a Lynchburg man is pioneering one - swooping in to help realtors sell property.

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Local Food and Farming
6:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Farmer-Chef Express: Checking Out Local Farm Foods Online

The Internet has become a popular place for people to buy and sell products and for individuals in search of dates and mates to meet.  Now, a group in Charlottesville has launched a website where chefs can find producers of local farm products.  

If you’re looking for ghost peppers or baby ginger, quail eggs or chicken feet for stock, oyster mushrooms, organic hopes or goat milk ice cream, you’re in luck.  The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Rex Linville says his group has created a website that’s already offering those things and much more to the needy chef.

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Are Politics At Play?
3:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tobacco Commission's Effectiveness Questioned By GOP Member

Its official name is the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, but people just call it the Tobacco Commission.

Since 2000 it's spent more than a billion dollars on grants intended to do what its name implies – revitalize parts of Virginia devastated by the fall of the tobacco economy. 

The Commission has drawn the attention of many critics along the way.

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Economics & Economy
4:53 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Economic Gardening

While state and economic development officials often focus on attracting new companies to create jobs and spur the economy, some business experts say another novel approach may be even more effective in achieving those goals.  The Small Business Commission composed of lawmakers and business leaders learned the details about “Economic Gardening” during its Richmond meeting on Monday. The entrepreneurial strategy targets small businesses that are on the verge of becoming high-growth companies. 

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Economics & Economy
4:54 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

The State of Virginia has been taking some big steps to support the local craft beer movement in recent years, making it easier to dispense brews-and leading to more manufacturing, agriculture and tourism jobs.

There are regulations that can still make it a challenge for breweries to get off the ground-but today, in part two of our continuing series,  a look at the lobbying efforts of the state’s craft brewers:
 

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