Business & Industry

Governor McAuliffe has accelerated the timetable set in a 2007 state law that requires a voluntary 10% reduction in state energy consumption—by moving its target date to 2020. 

Now an expert panel established to help achieve that goal has concluded that it needs additional data just to clarify how that should be measured.  It also says the responsibility does not just rest with electric utilities to boost their own conservation efforts.

One third of America’s farmers are now over 65 years of age, creating an opportunity for younger people to enter the field, and some of the newcomers will - no doubt - be women.  Already, 14% of U.S. farmers are female, among them a Gordonsville resident who has written a book designed to help others master the skills needed to work the land. 

When Audrey Levatino decided to grow cut flowers for Charlottesville’s farmers market, herbs and specialty crops for local chefs, she wasn’t sure what she was getting into.  One friend warned it was something like becoming a mother.

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?

Blessing of the Fleet

May 5, 2015

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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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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