Economy and Economics

It looks like a strong Holiday buying season is in the forecast for Virginia. That’s according to the latest Virginia Consumer Sentiment report from the Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research.

Virginians are generally feeling better about their financial situations. Alice Kassens is a Senior Analyst with the institute and professor of economics at Roanoke College; she says the report found that this consumer sentiment is at its strongest level since the recession.

Virginia's Oyster Trail

Nov 10, 2015

 Governor McAuliffe traveled to the Northern Neck this week to fire up the Virginia Oyster Trail. 

That’s an initiative he announced last year that connects 250 miles of seafood producers, restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and artisans around the Chesapeake Bay's rural communities. 

Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony the governor and his Virginia Oyster Trail team shucked an oyster and slurped.

One group in Richmond is doing something different to combat poverty. Taking kids from low-income neighborhoods and giving them what they often lack.... mentoring...guidance... a male role-model... all disguised as an after-school biking program. Richmond Cycling Corps it's called.

Why Virginia Loses Jobs

Oct 20, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe predicts Virginia will have 1.5 million job openings in the next decade -- fueled by the retirement of 900,000 baby boomers.  He hopes to see 600,000 new positions but says it isn't always easy to attract new business to the Commonwealth.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to be known as the man who generates jobs, but he admits Virginia is not always an easy sell.  He recently asked the CEO of Canon to build its global research and development center here and was told …

Hiding from the Taxman?

Oct 16, 2015

Revenues for the state’s general fund are up nearly ten percent from last year, according to the governor’s office.  Terry McAuliffe cites an improving economy, but critics say Virginia would be doing far better if corporations paid their fair share of taxes.