Music festivals, art shows and cooking competitions are commonplace in this country, but a Charlottesville man may have the ticket to something bigger – a week-long event that celebrates all of those things and the quality that connects them.
Virginia remains the nationwide leader in hard clam production and, on the East Coast, a top oyster growing state, according to an annual survey of shellfish aquaculture by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Last year, farmers sold nearly $56 million in oysters and clams. That's a 14% increase in revenue from 2013 for clam growers and a whopping 33% for oyster farmers. Captain Danny Crabbe owns Fat and Happy Oyster Company in Ophelia on the western shore of the bay. Crabbe attributes the increasing demand for Virginia oysters to troubled waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in his hometown of Richmond Monday to discuss trade opportunities and obstacles with local business leaders. They especially focused on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which supporters say would open up improved trade between the 12 nations that are involved in negotiations.
The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.
Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas. But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.
Organizers of this week’s TEDxRVA event are hoping for a packed house at Richmond’s CenterStage Carpenter Theatre Friday, April 10. The event features 22 speakers, all in less than an eight-hour day, exploring the rare and the extraordinary.
Ticket for the event are $50. Get more information here.