Economy and Economics

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

Aug 20, 2014

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:
 

And the Factory Girl

Aug 14, 2014

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.”

Haha House

Aug 4, 2014

Summer travel can be expensive, but a Richmond man is doing his part to keep costs down – offering a unique place for visitors to sleep. 

Andrew Cauthen is a professional musician and a minimalist.  He lives modestly in a working class neighborhood called Barton Heights.  Last spring, he had an idea – to build a tiny guest house out back – just a room, really, with a sleeping loft.  The job was completed quickly.

An Internet video series, aimed at Mayors across Appalachia debuts this week.  Virginia Tech is producing the series called “Save Our Towns.”  Its mission is to share ideas for dealing with the challenges facing communities in southwestern Virginia --- and to highlight successful projects.

Each episode includes a segment called, "Examples of Awesome".  The first one focuses on the town of Big Stone Gap, where a new movie by author and director Adriana Trigiani recently wrapped up filming and helped boost the local economy. 

If you buy flowers at the grocery store, chances are they’ve come from Holland or California.  That’s a long way, and the blooms rarely last more than a week, but a Virginia company called Bloomaker has come up with a way to make flowers last longer, and their success could turn  this area into a national hub for flower production.

Joep Paternostre hails from Holland.  He’s a big man - over six feet tall and at least 200 pounds, and since childhood he’s seen the United States as the place to dream big.

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