Economics & Economy

Bloomaker in Virginia
4:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Building a Better Bloom

If you buy flowers at the grocery store, chances are they’ve come from Holland or California.  That’s a long way, and the blooms rarely last more than a week, but a Virginia company called Bloomaker has come up with a way to make flowers last longer, and their success could turn  this area into a national hub for flower production.

Joep Paternostre hails from Holland.  He’s a big man - over six feet tall and at least 200 pounds, and since childhood he’s seen the United States as the place to dream big.

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Governor Signs Executiving Order
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business

Credit Photo: Small Business Association

Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order to increase the opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned companies to conduct business with the state. 

The goal is to promote equity—and maximize the participation of small businesses in work that’s obtained through procurement and state contracts.  He also set a high goal for the number of participants.

McAuliffe directed Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones to raise the state share of spending that goes to small, women- and minority-owned businesses to 42%.

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Pension Fund
4:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Virginia Retirement System

The return on Virginia Retirement System investments fell 21% in 2009—but the pension fund has now rebounded and is exceeding expectations. That’s the message delivered by VRS officials to state lawmakers.

VRS investments yielded returns that increased by double digits in the last two fiscal years, with a 15.7% return last year alone.  VRS Board Vice Chairman Robert Greene said the fund set a record.

“The fund amount, $66.1 billion, makes an historic high for the fund, exceeding all previous fund balance amounts.”

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Economics & Economy
8:37 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Virginia Residents, Businesses Split over Internet Sales Tax

Credit Image from namm.org

Another national debate is taking center stage in Virginia—this time over a potential Internet sales tax. One group that’s opposed to out-of-state e-commerce taxation and the federal Marketplace Fairness Act says they have overwhelming proof that Virginians don't want it.

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Economics & Economy
6:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

An Elevated Park in Richmond? Why Not?

Richmond, VA

Five years ago, New York surprised the world with a new park, known as the High Line.  It was built on an elevated railroad bed that once carried freight, but with lush landscaping, benches, bridges and stairs, it’s become a popular hangout for urban residents in search of nature.  Now, the city of Richmond is planning a similar venture. 

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