Economy and Economics

Environment
7:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Financial Benefits of Weatherizing Homes

Many Virginians at or below the poverty level are struggling with utility bills and looking for any possible way to cut costs.

As Virginia Public Radio's Tommie McNeil report, one way to save could be the free Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

Weatherization can cut energy bills by up to 35-percent, and the program seeks to assist low-income residents in this way.  Deputy Housing Director Chris Thompson says the program is not limited to a specific region. 

 

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Economics & Economy
4:53 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Economic Gardening

While state and economic development officials often focus on attracting new companies to create jobs and spur the economy, some business experts say another novel approach may be even more effective in achieving those goals.  The Small Business Commission composed of lawmakers and business leaders learned the details about “Economic Gardening” during its Richmond meeting on Monday. The entrepreneurial strategy targets small businesses that are on the verge of becoming high-growth companies. 

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Balancing Health & Money
3:32 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Healthy Eating on a Budget

When discussing nutrition and eating well, I am always disheartened to hear someone say that it is too expensive to eat healthy food.

I was pleased to find out that Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and owner of Eat for Life, Jeanie Redick was teaching a class on Healthy Eating on a Budget at our local co-op.

Jeanie’s class was well attended, proving that this is a subject of interest to many trying to balance budget and health. Jeanie’s story and top tips are below.

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Economics & Economy
4:54 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

The State of Virginia has been taking some big steps to support the local craft beer movement in recent years, making it easier to dispense brews-and leading to more manufacturing, agriculture and tourism jobs.

There are regulations that can still make it a challenge for breweries to get off the ground-but today, in part two of our continuing series,  a look at the lobbying efforts of the state’s craft brewers:
 

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Factory Man
1:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

And the Factory Girl

For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.

Learn more about the book  at Beth Macy's website.

Tom Hanks Tweets about “Factory Man”:

"Factory Man is great summer reading. I give it 42 stars. No, I give it 142 stars. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

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