Business & Industry

VMFA Visits Cuba Hoping for Partnership

Jan 6, 2016
AP File Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Governor McAuliffe returns from Cuba having spent the last 3 days with his cabinet pursuing stronger economic and educational ties with the increasingly unrestricted nation.

One group you might not expect was along for the ride: representatives from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Why Governor's Trip Could Make Money and History

Jan 4, 2016
Associated Press/Ramon Espinosa

Governor Terry McAuliffe is in the midst of a three-day trip to Cuba, hoping to drum up new business for Virginia, but as Sandy Hausman reports, his mission could benefit businesses nationwide.

Every year, 250 million inner tubes from tires are tossed into landfills.  It’s an environmental problem, but it’s also a business opportunity. 

America’s highways are filled with trucks that ride on tires, and when those wheels of rubber must be replaced, their inner tubes often end up in the trash.  That seemed a shame to Angela Greene.

“I stumbled upon a backpack that I really liked.  It was made of inner tubes, and we just became very interested in inner tubes, because they’re very pretty.”  

Not Your Grandparents' Factory

Dec 15, 2015
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There’s new evidence that the middle class has been steadily shrinking, according to a Pew Research Center Study. It happened during the same period that manufacturing jobs – once a hallmark of the middle class--- have been disappearing in this country.  

When you ask young people what they want to do with their lives, not many will tell you they want to go to work in a factory.

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Richmond is making headlines, placing in a top spot on “Travel and Leisure Magazine’s” annual “Best Places to Travel List.”

Among Caribbean beaches and European canals, Virginia’s capitol finds itself in good company -- the magazine picked out 50 cities from around the world, and Richmond placed 3rd.

Cited as part of the draw is Quirk, an airy and artsy boutique hotel that opened downtown. The lobby is already decorated for the holidays with a white Christmas tree and festive music.

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