Economy and Economics

Tourists visiting Virginia last year generated a record-setting $22-billion in revenue. That’s according to the latest state numbers, which also indicate that the tourism industry has become the fifth-largest private employer in the state.  State officials say the Commonwealth’s global exposure will soon grow even more.

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In Blacksburg, Virginia the words, “game day” mean two things: Hokie football and traffic.  But a new economic impact study says that traffic brings 69-million dollars a year to the region. 

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Norfolk and Western (now Norfolk Southern) opened the Hotel Roanoke on Christmas Day 1882. After undergoing a number of renovations and additions, the Star City mainstay was closed in 1989 - but reopened soon after. The City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech marked the 20th anniversary of the hotel’s reopening by releasing a report that examines the its impact on the local economy. 

In 1989, when the Norfolk Southern Corporation donated the Hotel Roanoke to Virginia Tech, not everyone thought the deal made sense. In fact, it made a lot of dollars.

President Obama has vowed to keep fighting for immigration reform, while Republican leaders push for new limits on who can come and who can stay in the U.S.  Here in Virginia, experts say the debate should take a very different tone, as this state’s immigrant population is like no other in the nation. 

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Annually for about 13 years, Virginia—like many other states—has been losing about 30% of its honey bee population to a host of problems.  

Some might think that there’s no need to worry.  But aside from the delicious honey they produce, bees are a major contributor to the production of Virginia agriculture, the state's top commodity.

Kill the bees, kill the economy—not to mention furthering the slow breakdown of the ecosystem. So what's leading to the decline? Virginia Tech entomologist Dr. Troy Anderson says a lot of factors are responsible.

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