Economics & Economy

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.

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.

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. 

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

Aug 20, 2014

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:

Beer Buzz: Barriers to Business

Aug 19, 2014

August is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, and this week we’re going to be looking at the commonwealth’s growing industry. 

Nationwide, the number of craft breweries now tops 3,000 - with more opening up every day - and a new Gallup poll analyzing alcohol consumption finds that 11 million more Americans chose beer as their beverage of choice this year than last.

Beer is a booming industry - and Virginia is no exception to the national trend.