Economics & Economy

Full Disclosure: Bending Not Breaking

Jul 2, 2014

National business correspondent Roben Farzad has launched a new radio podcast recorded in Richmond. The program is called Full Disclosure, and in the months ahead we'll share his weekly effort to translate the language of finance and investing.  The theme of this week’s program?  Bending, Not Breaking.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

There were a few surprises in this year’s survey of college presidents’ pay.  The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed more than 250 schools and found Virginia executives faring well.  

Roanoke Eatery Enjoys the Sweet Taste of Success

May 19, 2014
by Beverly Amsler

You may have heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other programs where people donate money to help fund a specific project, such as a film.  Roanoke is the first Virginia city to implement a new type of grass-roots crowd sourcing for small businesses. 

Viva la Cupcake is a shop in Roanoke’s eclectic Grandin Village Community.  On a street corner across from an elementary school, it’s the perfect spot for parents and their kids to stop for a sweet treat.  Pennie Ahuero and her husband opened the shop five years ago and now they’re ready to grow.

Quality early education has been identified as a key factor for success later in life.  But many communities in Southwestern Virginia don’t have enough daycare centers spots to go around.  

Radford, Virginia is a university town full of young families, but with no place to nearby providing day care.

Agida Manizade: “In town full time infant care, 12 spots and our research shows that right now we have 96 infants in town.”

www.ext.vt.edu

A renewable energy coalition is countering a recent Time Magazine article that's critical of biofuel use. In fact, the “Fuels America” coalition has rolled out its own report that suggests that the Commonwealth is one of several East Coast states that could capitalize on the MANY benefits that ethanol and cellulosic alternatives can provide. 

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