Economy and Economics

Economics & Economy
7:06 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A Shortage of Daycare Centers in Radford and a Possible Solution

Quality early education has been identified as a key factor for success later in life.  But many communities in Southwestern Virginia don’t have enough daycare centers spots to go around.  

Radford, Virginia is a university town full of young families, but with no place to nearby providing day care.

Agida Manizade: “In town full time infant care, 12 spots and our research shows that right now we have 96 infants in town.”

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The Great Fuel Debate
7:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Biofuels Still a Contentious Issue in Virginia

Credit www.ext.vt.edu

A renewable energy coalition is countering a recent Time Magazine article that's critical of biofuel use. In fact, the “Fuels America” coalition has rolled out its own report that suggests that the Commonwealth is one of several East Coast states that could capitalize on the MANY benefits that ethanol and cellulosic alternatives can provide. 

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Ripe From the Vine, Freshly Picked
4:34 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Farmers' Markets on the Rise

There are now  more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks  a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.

You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.

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Helping Vendors Market Products
3:50 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Virginia Food & Beverage Expo

Credit Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Nestled in almost every corner of Virginia is a small operation transforming something that's just edible--into a delectably palatable creation.

Some can only be found in mom and pop stores, farmer's markets, and, occasionally, the larger grocer or restaurant chains. But every two years, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services showcases these businesses and their products at the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo.

 

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Spirit Wear Sells
4:01 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Winning Season Means Big Bucks for Vendor

Mark Mincer & Merchandise

When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday, University of Virginia fans had cause to celebrate, but for Mark Mincer, the victory over Duke meant lots of work ahead. 

The president of a store founded by his grandfather in 1948, Mincer called in family members to prepare for crowds.

Lines formed at Mincer’s on the Corner this week as fans like former UVA administrator George Thompson showed their pride with a purchase.

“I got two really neat T-shirts here.  Love UVA.  Love UVA basketball.  Love Joe Harris.  So this is your year!  This is our year, and we’re excited.”

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