Economy and Economics

Several Transformations
12:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Tobacco Commission Considers Southwest Medical School Again

When critics question how effectively the Virginia Tobacco Commission is using hundreds of millions of dollars the state received from the National Tobacco Settlement there's one project that always seems to come up.

It started five years ago as a $25-million grant to establish a medical school in Bristol. Since then the only two things that have been consistent about the plan are the absence of any apparent progress and the Tobacco Commission's continuing support.

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Are Politics At Play?
3:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tobacco Commission's Effectiveness Questioned By GOP Member

Its official name is the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, but people just call it the Tobacco Commission.

Since 2000 it's spent more than a billion dollars on grants intended to do what its name implies – revitalize parts of Virginia devastated by the fall of the tobacco economy. 

The Commission has drawn the attention of many critics along the way.

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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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