Business & Industry

Moonshine
7:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Giving New Life to an Old Spirit: Floyd's First Legal Micro-Distillery

Moonshine is coming out of the shadows in Floyd, Virginia.  The homemade whisky was and still is illegal.  Nonetheless, moonshine has a long history in this area; before, after and during prohibition in the 1930s. The first legal micro-distillery will soon open in Floyd, giving new life to an old spirit.  

"This comes from our heritage so it fits for us make Floyd County moonshine which Floyd county has been famous for, for a long, long time."

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Diversified Workers Needed
5:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Commerce Secretary Talks Workforce Development

Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade

When it comes to making Virginia more competitive and bolstering its economy, some people believe the Commonwealth may be doing a few things wrong. 

While the state does have a tech-savvy, highly educated population, most admit that college isn't for everyone.  When businesses describe what they need in a workforce, the number of residents in the Commonwealth with graduate degrees and Ph.Ds is  not what attracts them.

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Are Politics At Play?
3:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tobacco Commission's Effectiveness Questioned By GOP Member

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.

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Business & Industry
7:47 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Need a Career Change? An Apple Butter Opportunity Awaits

If you’re tired of your desk job, Steve Bridge has a business opportunity you might like.  At 62, he’s retiring from a family tradition that’s been going for more than 30 years - turning Virginia apples into sweet, spicy butter.  

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New Fee Proposed
4:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

"Standby" Charges for Solar Customers

Credit Chesapeake Climate Action Network

A new fee on solar electricity is being proposed by Appalachian Power Company.  Solar advocates in Blacksburg hope to persuade regulators that adding additional costs will hamper the push toward renewable energy, which is part of a state mandate. 

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