Manufacturing

Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

State regulations don’t seem to be hampering Virginia’s manufacturing businesses. That’s according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the state’s independent research agency. 

Not Your Grandparents' Factory

Dec 15, 2015
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There’s new evidence that the middle class has been steadily shrinking, according to a Pew Research Center Study. It happened during the same period that manufacturing jobs – once a hallmark of the middle class--- have been disappearing in this country.  

When you ask young people what they want to do with their lives, not many will tell you they want to go to work in a factory.

There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way.  Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider.  And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow. 

Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.”  We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.

Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .

Selling Virginia

Apr 9, 2013

Governor McDonnell heads out West this week … before flying to the Far East on a trade mission to China and Japan. 

A team of state economic development officials and cabinet secretaries will travel with the Governor on a 16-day job creation and marketing mission that begins in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

McDonnell says he and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will co-market their states to California companies.

In the last 20 years, Virginia’s manufacturing sector has declined by 46%. 

Given the fierce competition worldwide to attract businesses, state lawmakers are examining whether it makes sense to restructure the Commonwealth’s state and local tax system to remove financial hurdles to doing business here.