Employment

Rural Jobs Council
9:57 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Workforce Training a Priority in Rural Parts of the State

Credit www.jfcsaz.org

Governor McDonnell’s Rural Jobs Council is out with its final report with recommendations on how to create and retain jobs in the rural parts of the Commonwealth.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

Six months after Governor McDonnell established the Rural Jobs Council, its members came back with a number of suggestions, mainly in three areas - investing in the economic development infrastructure, workforce training and development-especially for young adults, and providing services to existing businesses to become better established and/or grow. 

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Filming in Richmond Scheduled
1:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Killing Kennedy Movie Seeks Extras

National Geographic is looking for extras to work on the film Killing Kennedy, filming in Richmond next week.

The production company was most recently in Virginia filming last year’s Killing Lincoln.

Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin.  They’re looking for background players of all shapes and sizes, including many Caucasian males and Hispanic men and women.

There’s one scene that takes place in Mexico City, even though it will be shot in Richmond.

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Government & Politics
10:21 am
Mon June 3, 2013

VaNews for 06.03.13

A crossing guard who makes $40 an hour and the next onslaught on political advertising in Virginia were among the hottest topics on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link  over the past week. Fred Echols reports.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Economics & Economy
4:27 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Smithfield Foods to be Acquired by Chinese Company

Credit LM Otero/AP via NPR

Smithfield Foods is being sold to China’ s largest pork producer. 

Saying it’s a great day for American farmers, Smithfield Foods President and CEO Larry Pope has announced his company is being sold to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, China’s largest meat processing enterprise and largest meat trading company.  It’s believed to be the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese one.  The purchase price is $4.7 billion.

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Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
3:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

TechNite

In Hollywood there’s the ‘Oscars.’   In Nashville, the Country Music Awards.  In the New River and RoanokeValleys, it’s the “Tech” Awards. 

Every year, the Roanoke- Blacksburg Technology council honors its stars. 

This Thursday (5/16/13) evening, 600 people will gather at the Hotel Roanoke for an awards ceremony and party announcing the  winners of the Roanoke/ Blacksburg Technology Council’s Tech Nite Awards.

For a list of TechNite nominees, visit  thetechnologycouncil.com

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