Business & Industry

Business & Industry
4:00 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Some Dedicated Staunton Dads Dub The No-Mess SLRP Bowl

If you’ve been to the crowd-funding website called Kickstarter, you know there are some pretty crazy ideas out there, but five dads from Staunton are betting their latest brainstorm will make a lot of kids and moms happy. 

There’s just a little of that delicious broth left in the bottom of your soup bowl, a lone noodle, some sweet milk from your morning cereal or a little melted ice cream.  No one is looking, so what do you do?

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Environment
5:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet

Every spring, fishing communities across the nation open the new season with a blessing of the fleet. The historic town of Reedville, Virginia has celebrated the tradition for 45 years.

 

A parade of fishing boats from the traditional Chesapeake deadrise to recreational vessels as small as a kayak bobbed in the water alongside a backdrop of industrial menhaden fishing ships. All became silent as a wreath was tossed into the water in remembrance of those lost.
 

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Peak Travel & Tourism Season
5:59 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Business Appreciation Month

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Governor McAuliffe has kicked off Business Appreciation Month with a dedication to some of Virginia's oldest businesses. He says during the month of May, he will make a series of economic development announcements that highlight his efforts to bring more jobs to the Commonwealth.

But one official explains that companies without the traditional "corporate” profile will also feature interesting events to look forward to throughout the rest of the year.

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Kei Car Market
4:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Touting the Tiny Car

Honda Beat

With gasoline prices well below three dollars a gallon, large, gas-guzzling vehicles are again selling well.  Last year’s top three were full-sized pick-up trucks that get less than 20 miles to the gallon in city driving.  Jim Phelan doesn’t care. 

The Charlottesville man has fallen in love with something that gets 55 miles to the gallon, and he hopes to sell others on a car most people have never heard of.

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Economics & Economy
8:26 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Examining Hotel Roanoke's Economic Impact 20 Years After its Reopening

Credit Doubletree Hilton

Norfolk and Western (now Norfolk Southern) opened the Hotel Roanoke on Christmas Day 1882. After undergoing a number of renovations and additions, the Star City mainstay was closed in 1989 - but reopened soon after. The City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech marked the 20th anniversary of the hotel’s reopening by releasing a report that examines the its impact on the local economy. 

In 1989, when the Norfolk Southern Corporation donated the Hotel Roanoke to Virginia Tech, not everyone thought the deal made sense. In fact, it made a lot of dollars.

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