Virginia Receives an A+ for Small Business Friendliness

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:35 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Virginia received an A+ on Thumbtack.com’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. The Commonwealth improved its rank to the fourth overall friendliest state in the U.S. and the top state on the East Coast...

Virginia received an A+ on Thumbtack.com’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. The Commonwealth improved its rank to the fourth overall friendliest state in the U.S. and the top state on the East Coast.

Virginia outshone its surrounding competition for the third year in a row. Maryland received a C- and North Carolina earned a C+. Virginia has never received less than an A since the inception of this ranking.

Thumbtack.com partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to survey more than 12,600 entrepreneurs across the country. This ranking is unique because its results come straight from the comments of small business owners.

“After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, business owners have reaffirmed that Virginia is a premier destination for starting and running a business,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack.com. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Virginia's A+ grade by its small businesses shows what a welcoming and friendly place the Commonwealth is for entrepreneurs.”

Highlights for Virginia include a No. 3 ranking for ease of licensing regulations, a No. 4 ranking for ease of overall regulations, and a No. 5 ranking for training and networking programs. According to Thumbtack.com, the strongest correlating factor for the perception of small business friendliness is the ease of licensing forms, requirements and fees.

In addition, the study examined 82 metropolitan regions. Richmond was ranked No. 10 overall and Virginia Beach was ranked No. 20 overall. Richmond and Virginia Beach were ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, for ease of licensing regulations.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are becoming increasingly important for economic growth and organic job creation. According to Thumbtack.com, “Virginia’s small businesses were the third most optimistic in the nation when it came to plans to hire more employees in the next twelve months.”

To learn why Virginia is a great place to start and grow a business, click here.

Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing Established in Window Film Capital of the World

Monday, 9 June 2014 14:50 by Info@YesVirginia.org
The founding of the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing was recently announced in Martinsville-Henry County during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Patrick Henry Community College...

The founding of the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing was recently announced in Martinsville-Henry County during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Patrick Henry Community College.

Through a public-private partnership, the center will offer a 28-credit Advanced Film Certification Program. Students will take classes at Patrick Henry Community College and New College Institute, while receiving access to hands-on training with machinery and equipment at nearby Eastman Chemical and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating. In March, Eastman Chemical announced plans to acquire Commonwealth Laminating & Coating.

Advanced film experts at Eastman Chemical and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating are advising on curriculum and will participate as part-time instructors. The companies will also offer internships and all graduates of the program are guaranteed an interview at Eastman Chemical.

The Martinsville-Henry County region has become “the window film capital of the world,” producing more than 30 percent of the global supply of coated and dyed film.

Performance or advanced films are terms used to describe any film applied to another material, such as a glass window. Films come in the form of tints, laminates, coating and composites, providing benefits such as tints on car windows to reduce glare, tints on office building windows for privacy, additional strength to industrial windows for security, and the addition of photovoltaic materials to solar panels to capture the sun’s energy.

Students can apply to the Advanced Film Certification Program on the PHCC website, and the first class will commence in fall 2014.

Virginia is home to more than 200 plastics companies, and the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing will help ensure the Commonwealth has a well-trained workforce pipeline to maintain its leadership in this industry sector. To learn more, click here.

Two employees at Eastman Chemical stand proudly in Martinsville-Henry County, “the window film capital of the world." Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

RockTenn’s West Point Mill Celebrates 100 Years in Virginia

Monday, 2 June 2014 15:08 by Info@YesVirginia.org
RockTenn recently celebrated 100 years of success at its West Point mill in King William County, Va. The mill produces white top linerboard and recycled medium used in corrugated boxes and other types of packaging...

RockTenn recently celebrated 100 years of success at its West Point mill in King William County, Va. The mill produces white top linerboard and recycled medium used in corrugated boxes and other types of packaging. 

The West Point mill began operations on May 16, 1914, a little over a year after the company was first established as the Chesapeake Pulp & Paper Company. The mill began with 140 employees and a capacity of 20 tons of paper products per day.

Chesapeake Pulp & Paper Company would later become Chesapeake Corp. and the mill would change ownership a number of times before being acquired by RockTenn in 2011. RockTenn is publicly traded (NYSE: RKT) and one of the leading packaging solutions providers in North America.

In 1930, the West Point Mill acquired the first Fourdrinier machine in the South, allowing it to manufacture continuous sheets of paper.  The machine initially created a sheet 218 inches wide, running at a top speed of 1,000 feet per minute. The machine has been updated and is still running today at 2,000 feet per minute.

The mill added paper machine No. 2 in 1964 and machine No. 3 in 1985. Today, the mill employs more than 500 Virginians and produces about 900,000 tons of paper products each year.

In October 2012, RockTenn celebrated completion of an 11-mile pipeline to supply natural gas to the West Point mill, in partnership with Virginia Natural Gas, Dominion Virginia Power, New Kent County, King William County, and the Town of West Point. The company also invested in the mill to make it more efficient, reduce emissions and lessen its carbon footprint.

According to RockTenn General Manager Chris Broome, “We are very excited about the investments RockTenn is making in our West Point mill to continue providing our customers with high-quality products and to better support their needs. We are committed to being a good business partner within the community and value the relationships we have developed throughout the years.”

The West Point mill’s 100 years of success is a notable achievement and represents the longevity and prosperity companies experience in Virginia’s pro-business environment. To learn why companies keep growing in the Best State for Business, click here.

A view of RockTenn’s West Point mill on the York River in West Point, Va. Photo courtesy of RockTenn.

U.S. Foreign Affairs Security Training Center Comes to Virginia’s Fort Pickett

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:29 by Info@YesVirginia.org
The U.S. Department of State recently announced plans to establish its Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, known as FASTC, on 1,500 acres at Fort Pickett in Virginia’s Nottoway County...

The U.S. Department of State recently announced plans to establish its Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, known as FASTC, on 1,500 acres at Fort Pickett in Virginia’s Nottoway County.

U.S. diplomats are currently trained at multiple sites across the nation. In May 2008, Congress identified the need to consolidate training at one facility to improve efficiencies and cost savings. 

After a multi-year search, Fort Pickett was selected as the best site over 70 other properties because it met DOS’ operational requirements and offered close proximity to D.C. agencies and the intelligence community.

FASTC will train approximately 8,000 – 10,000 U.S. ambassadors and diplomats sent to foreign countries, sometimes in dangerous locations. The center will initially focus on hard skills training, which includes detecting surveillance, providing emergency medical care, identifying explosive devices, firearms training, and performing defensive driving maneuvers. The 2012 attacks in Benghazi highlight the importance of this training for the U.S. foreign affairs community.

Fort Pickett is the perfect location because the 46,000-acre campus offers plenty of land and a secure environment to build driving tracks, mock urban environments, and firing and explosive ranges. Fort Pickett was established in 1942 and currently serves as the Maneuver Training Center for the Virginia National Guard. While the land is predominantly in Nottoway County, it covers parts of Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties.

This project is expected to be transformative for the Nottoway County region. The DOS is currently estimating a hard-skills facility will bring $461 million in investment to the area, not to mention additional jobs both onsite and in the community through the multiplier effect.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and a group of federal, state and local officials recently visited Fort Pickett to tour the future site of FASTC. The Administration continues to work through budgetary issues and must complete an updated master plan and environmental impact study before construction can begin.

Virginia’s selection as the site for the FASTC project illustrates how the Commonwealth provides the right location, infrastructure and workforce for both public and private entities. To learn more click here.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and a group of federal, state and local officials tour the future site of FASTC at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, Va. Photo courtesy of Virginia National Guard Public Affairs/Cotton Puryear.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Holds Its First Commencement Ceremony

Friday, 9 May 2014 12:07 by Info@YesVirginia.org

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will hold its first-ever commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.

The ceremony will be held for the school’s first 40 graduates, who are all continuing on to a residency. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who as a former governor of Virginia signed legislation to support the creation of the new school, will be the keynote speaker.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute serves as a model of collaboration between public and private partners. The institute combines Virginia Tech’s sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic’s highly experienced medical staff. The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute collaborates with 75 institutions around the world, and has 168 research employees.

In addition, the institute’s unique, patient-centered learning model and small class size allows students to learn through real-life situations with ample student participation. Only 15 percent of medical schools in the U.S. have a patient-centered learning curriculum.

Virginia has a number of nationally recognized medical training and research institutes around the state, including the VCU School of Medicine and the UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Medicine, and now adds another major medical school in the western part of the state.

Virginia’s nationally acclaimed universities and community colleges, ensure businesses have a knowledgeable and highly trained workforce. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute is a great example of how Virginia is preparing for jobs of the 21st century. To learn more about Virginia’s more than 100 in-state institutions of higher education, click here.

A view of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute—located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre Breaks Ground in Martinsville-Henry County

Monday, 21 April 2014 15:02 by Info@YesVirginia.org

Last Thursday, a kickoff event was held marking the beginning of development at Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre.

The event at the 740-acre site attracted members of the U.S. Congress, state leaders, local officials, and citizens and neighbors from both Virginia and North Carolina. The CCBC project began in 2007 when Henry County purchased the land. Earlier this month, the grading permit was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors H.G. Vaughn, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt, U.S. Congressman Morgan Griffith, and Virginia House of Delegates member Danny Marshall delivered remarks. U.S Senator Mark Warner could not attend the event but had his remarks delivered by a member of his staff.

Henry County officials said their plan is to create about 140 to 170 acres of useable pad space for potential companies. Grading work on the site is expected to begin within two to three weeks and it could take up to 18-24 months to complete that work. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation will be the lead agency in marketing the property.

CCBC is a prime location for advanced manufacturing companies, including automotive and aerospace. The business park is located in an Enterprise Zone, which allows companies to apply for special zone grants and incentives. CCBC is located 33 miles from the Piedmont Triad International Airport and is adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railway Mainline.

Funding partners for CCBC include Henry County, the City of Martinsville, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, the Tobacco Commission, The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Small Business Administration and the Mid-Atlantic Broadband.

CCBC is another example of the pipeline of premier business parks that keeps manufacturing companies coming to the Commonwealth. To learn why manufacturers have invested more than $13.7 billion in Virginia over the last decade, click here.

Federal, state and local officials celebrate the groundbreaking of CCBC, a 740-acre business park in Martinsville-Henry County.

Southern Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center Receives Additional Funding

Monday, 14 April 2014 15:16 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Halifax County Industrial Development Authority recently announced it has received a $427,500 grant to complete Phase III renovations on the Southern Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center...

Halifax County Industrial Development Authority recently announced it has received a $427,500 grant to complete Phase III renovations on the Southern Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center.

SVAMC is located in South Boston, Va., at the former Daystrom Furniture manufacturing plant. Halifax County purchased the facility three years ago, which includes 34 acres and three buildings totaling 430,000 square feet. 

The county has been renovating the site, originally established in the 1960s, and recently added a new, more energy-efficient roof. Phase III renovations will extend natural gas to the site through a collaboration with Columbia Gas of Virginia.

The goal of the project is to provide a manufacturing ecosystem that will draw multiple companies to the area, as well as jobs and investment. The facility will include both advanced manufacturing and hands-on workforce training space for multiple tenants. It is expected to be ready in early 2015.

VEDP helped Halifax County identify the grant from the U.S. Community Advancement and Improvement Program. Matt Leonard, executive director of the Halifax County IDA, emphasized the importance of the funding for the region, commenting, “The USCAIP grant provides benefits beyond its dollar value.”

Advanced manufacturing continues to be a mainstay of Virginia’s economy, with 5,600 manufacturers employing almost 231,000 workers. To learn why manufacturing companies have invested more than $13.7 billion in the Commonwealth over the last 10 years, click here.

A rendering of the Southern Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center in South Boston, Va. Photo courtesy of Halifax County Industrial Development Authority.

Bioplastics — How One Virginia Company is Making Plastic out of Feathers

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:45 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Eastern BioPlastics has successfully commercialized a process to make plastic out of chicken feathers. By using what was formerly a waste product, the company is making plastic components in a sustainable way...

Eastern BioPlastics has successfully commercialized a process to make plastic out of chicken feathers. By using what was formerly a waste product, the company is making plastic components in a sustainable way.

Co-founders Sonny Meyerhoeffer and Dr. Justin Barone established the company in Mount Crawford, Va., in 2008. They combined Meyerhoeffer’s background as an entrepreneur in the poultry industry with Barone’s engineering expertise as a professor at Virginia Tech to accomplish a difficult task — commercializing R&D into an effective process.

The company replaces up to 50 percent of the petroleum component of plastics with fiber made from chicken feathers. This chicken feather fiber, called feather fiber intermediate, has a number of advantages over petroleum. It is a renewable resource and makes use of something that was previously viewed as a waste product. In addition, the chicken feather fibers are very strong yet lightweight, making them ideal for plastic products.

Eastern BioPlastics has developed a proprietary technique that cleans and processes the chicken feathers in a cost-competitive way. The feather fiber intermediate is blended with polyolefins in a resin, and then extruded into pellet form. These pellets are then sold to original equipment manufacturers that use injection molding to form any number of end products for use in the automotive, furniture and sports equipment industries. The company is currently beta testing this product with customers.

Eastern BioPlastics has also developed a second product called Environmental BioProtector. Feathers are extremely oil absorbent; news coverage of massive oil spills illustrates how birds suffer because the oil becomes trapped in their feathers. The company has developed a product using chicken feathers to help clean up oil spills, from large-scale disasters to consumer use for car oil leaks. Environmental BioProtector is USDA certified and made of 99 percent bio-based material, making it one of the most eco-friendly and low cost oil absorbing solutions on the market today. The company has been selling this product since May 2013.

Creating an entirely new product in 2008 was no easy feat, especially during the economic downturn of 2009-2010. According to co-founder Meyerhoeffer, “Back then nobody wanted to take a chance on anything new. We had to figure out how to break in and create a market with a brand new product.”

When asked why he kept going during these early days, Meyerhoeffer responded, “I was never led to quit and we stayed at it because we knew there was something there that was better. You have to persevere through the tough times. I think a lot of entrepreneurs are that way. You know you’ve got something viable and it’s just about continuing through to the end.”

The founders of Eastern BioPlastics exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that’s alive and well in the Commonwealth. To learn what Virginia offers and why it’s a great place to start a business, click here.

Eastern BioPlastics co-founder Sonny Meyerhoeffer displays his Bioplastic Composite Resins made from chicken feathers. 

VEDP Releases Maritime Opportunities Export Report

Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:44 by Info@YesVirginia.org
VEDP just released its Maritime Opportunities Export Report for Virginia. The report was prepared by Old Dominion University as part of VEDP’s Going Global Defense Initiative aimed at helping Virginia defense companies mitigate the impact of sequestration by increasing international sales...

VEDP just released its Maritime Opportunities Export Report for Virginia. The report was prepared by Old Dominion University as part of VEDP’s Going Global Defense Initiative aimed at helping Virginia defense companies mitigate the impact of sequestration by increasing international sales.

This report, geared towards small and medium defense contractors, is timely given current expectations for another BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process and the possibility of the U.S. military shifting some assets to the Pacific Rim.

The Maritime Opportunities Export Report gives a high level overview of the process a company would need to follow in order to export defense products or services. For example, one of the first steps a company should take is determining if its product or service is on the U.S. Munitions List or the Commerce Control List so it can obtain the appropriate registration and license to export. The report also provides helpful links to federal resources that govern these procedures.

Recognizing that the most reliable indicator of future trade activity is current trade activity, the report utilized a mixture of historical data on defense import purchases combined with expected growth rates and political and financial stability to determine the export opportunity ranking by country.

The Top 10 markets for U.S. Maritime Exports are:

  1. Japan
  2. Australia
  3. United Kingdom
  4. South Korea
  5. Israel
  6. India
  7. Turkey
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Mexico
  10. South Africa

The report also outlines a number of emerging growth markets in the global maritime industry. These include anti-piracy products, services and technology; ship conversions and deactivations; privatized naval security; unmanned underwater vehicles for mining, mapping, environmental testing, route surveying and port surveillance; and C4ISTAR which stands for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, targeting acquisitions and reconnaissance.

To download the report and learn more about VEDP’s Going Global Defense Initiative, click here.

Capital One Celebrates Opening of Chesterfield County Data Center

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:09 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Capital One recently celebrated the opening of its newest data center in Chesterfield County. The $150 million project was first announced in June 2012...

Capital One recently celebrated the opening of its newest data center in Chesterfield County. The $150 million project was first announced in June 2012.

This investment represents part of Capital One’s efforts to streamline and automate its IT infrastructure, adding new technologies to continue its reputation for leadership and exceptional customer service.

The 242,000-square-foot facility is scalable for future growth and includes redundant power supply and substantial backup systems to ensure uninterrupted service. It is also LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This new data center is a bold example of the value we place on having the best technology to deliver on our customer mission, and we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer at Capital One.

The company employs more than 15,000 associates in Virginia, drawing on the Commonwealth’s strong IT and professional services labor pool. While the company initially expected to create 50 new jobs related to this investment, Capital One now expects to double that over the next year in Central Virginia.

Capital One was founded in Virginia more than 20 years ago. The company has thrived in the Commonwealth and grown to become a Fortune 500 company (NYSE: COF) and one of the most recognized brand names in the U.S. It is the country’s largest direct bank and 7th largest bank based on deposits.

Chesterfield County was selected for this project due to its proximity to Capital One’s existing operations in the Greater Richmond area. Central Virginia has been part of Virginia’s booming data center industry because it offers abundant power, an advanced fiber-optic network, low risk of natural disaster, and a strong IT workforce.

To learn why approximately 700 data processing, hosting and related establishments have selected Virginia as their home, click here.

The Port of Virginia – the Only Port on the U.S. East Coast Ready Now for Post-Panamax Vessels

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:58 by Info@YesVirginia.org
While other ports along the East Coast scramble to deepen their channels in preparation for the Panama Canal expansion, the Port of Virginia stands ready as the only port on the U.S. East Coast currently capable of handling post-Panamax ships as first and last port of call...

While other ports along the East Coast scramble to deepen their channels in preparation for the Panama Canal expansion, the Port of Virginia stands ready as the only port on the U.S. East Coast currently capable of handling post-Panamax ships as first and last port of call.

With 50-foot channels and authorization up to 55 feet, the Port of Virginia offers the deepest shipping channels on the U.S. East Coast, able to accommodate ships greater than 10,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Even just a few feet of channel depth can have a significant impact. 45-foot channels can only accommodate up to 8,500-TEU vessels and 42-foot channels can only accommodate 4,500-TEU vessels.

The Port of Virginia offers prime, unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean. This saves valuable transit time and costs, and ships traveling to the Port of Virginia can avoid the hassle of traveling inland, navigating rivers and overhead obstructions like low bridges.

Served by every major shipping line, the Port of Virginia offers direct connection to more than 100 foreign ports and reach to any country in the world. Norfolk Southern and CSX offer on-dock, double-stack intermodal service to markets throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. Customers also have access to 12 short-line railroads for a total of 3,500 miles of track throughout Virginia. 

The Port of Virginia is one of the largest intermodal networks on the East Coast, handling 2.2 million TEUs in 2013. The Virginia Port Authority operates four owned terminals:  three marine terminals, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal, and an inland facility, the Virginia Inland Port. VPA also operates two leased marine facilities: APM Terminals and the Port of Richmond.

Norfolk International Terminals is the Port of Virginia’s largest terminal. It houses 14 Suez Class ZPMC cranes, the largest, most efficient cranes in the world. Capable of handling current and future ships, these cranes have a 245-foot reach that can offload vessels loaded 27 containers wide.

APM Terminals is known as the most technologically advanced terminal in the Americas. It automates and optimizes the flow of crane and container movements, and its advanced tracking systems can pinpoint the exact location of every container. Cargo movements are handled by eight Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, 30 semi-automated rail-mounted gantry cranes and two rubber-tire gantry cranes with electric spreader bars.

Use the highlighted links to learn more about the capabilities of the world-class Port of Virginia and Virginia’s global logistics network.

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2014-02-11 Broadband Access is Key to Economic Growth in Healthcare IT 1
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2014-01-14 The Launch Place Brings Entrepreneurs to Virginia’s Dan River Region 5
2014-01-09 Orbital Sciences Launches First Cargo Resupply Mission to the International Space Station None
2014-01-03 FAA Selects Virginia Tech as Test Site for Unmanned Aircrafts 5
2013-12-19 Dan River Region Launches Workforce Readiness Pilot Program for Virginia 3
2013-12-17 Prince George County Recognized as One of Eight Innovative U.S. Counties by NACo None
2013-12-11 Homegrown Martinsville Company Expands — Textiles Solid as a Stone in Virginia None
2013-12-09 Charlottesville Startup GigDog Launches from UVA’s i.Lab 1
2013-11-25 Lumi Juice — From Start-up to Store Shelves in Six Months 5
2013-11-21 Virginia Entrepreneurs — Dr. Lucy’s Takes Gluten-Free Global with VALET Program None
2013-11-20 Virginia Makes History Again — Orbital Sciences Launches First Satellite Built by High School Students None
2013-11-13 Virginia Conference on World Trade Celebrates 65 Years of Global Business Success None
2013-11-04 UMW Hosts Transformation 20/20 — A Regional Economic Development Summit None
2013-10-25 STIHL Inc. Wins AME 2013 Manufacturing Excellence Award None
2013-10-23 Williamsburg-James City County School System Celebrates National Manufacturing Day None
2013-10-16 Virginia Institute of Marine Science Bolsters the Commonwealth's Oyster Industry None
2013-10-03 Danville Community College Prepares Virginia's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce None
2013-09-25 Forbes.com Names Virginia America’s “Best State for Business” None
2013-09-24 Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy Recognized as PRIME School for Manufacturing Education None
2013-09-19 Orbital Sciences Completes Launch from Virginia to the International Space Station None
2013-09-17 The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens in Herndon, Virginia None
2013-09-09 First Deep Space Mission Launches from Virginia’s Wallops Flight Facility None
2013-09-05 Service Center Metals Celebrates 10-year Anniversary and Expansion None
2013-08-21 2013 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index Ranks Virginia No. 5 in Economic Outlook None
2013-08-13 VEDP Launches ‘Going Global’ Initiative for Defense Companies None
2013-08-09 Virginia Receives Numerous Top Rankings from Business Facilities Magazine None
2013-08-01 Nine Virginia Schools Make Forbes 2013 America’s Top 200 Colleges Report None
2013-07-25 The Gateway Center for Enterprise Opens in Central Virginia None
2013-07-22 High-tech “Fab Lab” Comes to Virginia’s Patrick Henry Community College None
2013-07-17 German Investment in Virginia Continues—PRUFREX Establishes First U.S. Location None
2013-07-16 Institute of Advanced Learning and Research Launches First Company—Dan River Plants None
2013-07-11 Digital Realty Expands Campus in Loudoun County’s Data Center Alley None
2013-07-08 Tempur Sealy International Expands in Scott County, Virginia None
2013-06-28 Canon Virginia Adds Toner Manufacturing Operation to Newport News Facility None
2013-06-26 Intelliject CEO Wins E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Greater Washington Award None
2013-06-25 International Paper’s Franklin Mill Gains Another Tenant—Franklin Lumber None
2013-06-10 VEDP’s Digital Advertising Recognized by Richmond Ad Club None
2013-06-06 HP Hood—Largest Investment in 30 Years by Expanding Company in Frederick County None
2013-05-30 Virginia Wins 2013 Silver Shovel Award from Area Development Magazine None
2013-05-29 Amazon Web Services Announces 500 New Jobs in Virginia None
2013-05-22 World’s Tallest Modular Building—Based in New York, Built in Virginia None
2013-05-09 American Electric Power Qualifies Two Data Center Sites in Virginia None
2013-05-06 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ranks Virginia a Top State for Performance, Innovation and Talent None
2013-04-30 Governor McDonnell’s Asia Marketing Mission Yields Positive Results None
2013-04-29 Orbital Sciences Completes First Launch of Antares Rocket from Virginia None
2013-04-23 Virginia Receives an “A” for Small Business Friendliness None
2013-04-22 WhiteWave Foods Expands Plant in Rockingham County None
2013-04-02 Greencore Group Expands First Virginia Facility in Stafford County None
2013-03-27 CCAM Celebrates Grand Opening in Prince George County, Virginia None
2013-03-20 Mexican Company Announces First U.S. Location in Pulaski County, Va. None
2013-03-18 Shamrock Farms Breaks Ground in Augusta County, Virginia None
2013-03-15 VEDP Economist Touts Benefits of Virginia’s Offshore Wind Industry to House Committee None
2013-03-12 Unilever Invests $96.2 Million in Suffolk, Va. Lipton Tea Plant None
2013-03-07 Porter’s Group Comes to Lynchburg, Virginia None
2013-03-05 Shenandoah Valley Partnership Launches Education and Training Database None
2013-02-28 Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program Celebrates 30 Years None
2013-02-25 Liebherr Mining Equipment Co. Expands in Hampton Roads, Virginia None
2013-02-21 New Logistics Research Center Established in Central Virginia None
2013-02-14 International Subsidiary Daikin McQuay Expands in Augusta County None
2013-02-12 Virginia Beach Develops Economic Gardening Initiative None
2013-02-08 Virginia’s Biotech Industry Gains Another Asset: Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corp. None
2013-02-06 Microsoft Announces $348 Million Expansion to Virginia Data Center Campus None
2013-01-28 Virginia Recognized as Top State for Green LEED Certifications in 2012 None
2013-01-24 JMU Helps Build Virginia’s Cyber Security Workforce None
2013-01-15 VSU Part of Team Awarded $400 Million U.S. Army IT Contract None
2013-01-09 Prince William County Science Accelerator Augments Virginia’s Booming Biotech Industry None
2013-01-08 William & Mary Unveils the Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment None
2012-12-20 Kraft Foods Invests $25 Million to Expand Virginia Plant None
2012-12-19 Virginia CEO Wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award None
2012-12-17 Virginia’s Wind Industry Gains Speed with Two Federal Announcements None
2012-12-14 VEDP Launches Updated Interactive Tool “Compare Virginia” None
2012-12-13 Virginia Receives Top Ranking on Forbes.com’s 2012 Best States For Business None
2012-12-11 Leading Global Satellite Services Provider Intelsat Moves Headquarters to Virginia None
2012-12-05 Latin American Subsidiary Phoenix Packaging Continues Growth in Pulaski County None
2012-12-04 Rolls-Royce Announces Second Facility on Virginia Crosspointe Campus None
2012-11-29 HanesBrands Inc. Expands in Patrick County None
2012-11-15 WEIGHTPACK Moves Headquarters from Italy to Virginia None
2012-11-14 CCAM Opens Facility in Prince George County, Virginia None
2012-11-13 STEM Mobile Learning Lab—A Vehicle for Educating Virginia Students None
2012-11-06 VEDP Releases Exporting Guide for Service Companies None
2012-11-02 Celanese Corp. Converts Giles County Celco Plant to Natural Gas None
2012-11-01 VEDP Launches “YesVA” App 2
2012-10-26 National Tire Research Center Displays New Tire Testing Machine “Flat-Trac LTRe” None
2012-10-25 New Coatings Research Facility “C-CARE” Unveiled in South Boston, Virginia None
2012-10-23 UBED Advances: VEDP and Virginia’s Universities Sign Agreement None
2012-10-19 RTI International Metals Inc. Commences Titanium Production at Martinsville Plant None
2012-10-17 RockTenn Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Natural Gas Pipeline None
2012-10-15 Virginia Beach Hosts 2012 AWEA Offshore Wind Conference None
2012-10-12 CCAM Member Company Sponsors Seminar for Virginia’s Engineering Students None
2012-10-05 AREVA Opens U.S. Technical Center in Campbell County, Virginia None
2012-09-26 McKesson Announces Third Distribution Center in Virginia None
2012-09-21 Fulcrum Concepts Breaks Ground on Headquarters in Virginia’s King and Queen County None
2012-09-20 Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Gets Closer to Launch Dates None
2012-09-14 Carded Graphics Continues Growth Trajectory in Staunton, Va. None
2012-09-12 Montgomery County Gains another 50 Jobs—Social Media Company Heyo Expands None
2012-09-07 Multiple Virginia Locations Ranked Top Ten by CNN Money’s Best Places to Live None
2012-09-06 Aeroprobe Corporation Expands into Montgomery County, Va. None
2012-09-04 The Vitamin Shoppe Brings First Distribution Center to Virginia None
2012-08-31 Virginia’s Metro Areas Win Four Top Ten Rankings from Business Facilities Magazine None
2012-08-30 GE Celebrates One-Year Anniversary and 100 Hires in Henrico County None
2012-08-29 Backcountry.com Opens East Coast Fulfillment Center in Montgomery County, Va. None
2012-08-22 Global Tech Leader iGATE Expands U.S. Presence in Loudoun County None
2012-08-21 Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Announces Second Expansion in Nine Months 5
2012-08-17 McKee Foods Expands Manufacturing Operation in Augusta County None
2012-08-15 Virginia is Top 3 Again in Business Facilities’ 2012 State Rankings Report None
2012-08-13 World’s Largest Credit Union Expands Virginia Footprint 5
2012-08-10 Cadence Inc. Celebrates Growth in Virginia—Expansion is Ahead of Schedule None
2012-08-07 Morooka America Establishes its First U.S. Track Carrier Manufacturing Plant None
2012-08-02 International Paper’s Franklin Mill Finds a New Tenant in Tak Investments None
2012-07-31 Ace Hardware Celebrates Grand Opening of East Coast Import Center in Virginia None
2012-07-27 Renewable Energy Company Enviva Breaks Ground on Virginia Manufacturing Facility 2.8
2012-07-26 The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Hosts Launch of Virginia Polymer Coalition None
2012-07-18 International Paper Commences Manufacturing Operations at Franklin Mill None
2012-07-13 Big R Bridge Announces First Virginia Location in Washington County None
2012-07-11 Virginia Delegate Landes Named BIO State Legislator of the Year None
2012-07-09 Virginia Wins Area Development’s 2012 Silver Shovel Award None
2012-07-05 New Capital One Data Center Comes to Chesterfield County 3
2012-06-29 UBED—JMU’s Virginia Center for Wind Energy Educates the Industry None
2012-06-28 Virginia Port Authority and VEDP Launch Joint Marketing Initiative None
2012-06-25 Sabra Dipping Co. Expands its Footprint in Chesterfield County, Va. None
2012-06-21 German Subsidiary Berryville Graphics Expands in Clarke County, Va. None
2012-06-19 DARPA Opens New Headquarters Building in Virginia’s Science Corridor None
2012-06-18 Virginia Commended as America’s Most Livable State by U.S. Chamber of Commerce None
2012-06-14 UBED—Piedmont Virginia Community College Prepares Analysts for the Intelligence Community None
2012-06-13 Leading Lime Producer Carmeuse Lime & Stone Expands in Frederick County None
2012-06-11 Small Businesses Rank Virginia A Top Ten Friendliest State for Doing Business None
2012-06-07 UBED—Economic Gardening: William & Mary Incubates Growing Businesses None
2012-06-04 Mail America Expands in Bedford County, Virginia None
2012-05-31 UBED — Virginia Tech Leverages Alumni Network to Develop Cyber Security Solutions None
2012-05-30 German Manufacturer McAirlaid’s Expands in Virginia None
2012-05-24 UBED — Old Dominion University Develops A Knowledge Community None
2012-05-22 Blacksburg, Va. Ranked Top 5 on Forbes.com Best Small Cities for Jobs List None
2012-05-21 Virginia State University’s Business School Wins Three Awards None
2012-05-18 Digital Realty Adds to Loudoun County’s Data Center Alley None
2012-05-14 ICF International Opens Business Process Management Center in Henry County, Va. None
2012-05-07 Virginia Wins Site Selection Magazine’s 2011 Competitiveness Award None
2012-05-02 Balchem Corp. Opens First Operation in Virginia None
2012-05-01 Virginia Wins Another Defense Company's Corporate Headquarters None
2012-04-27 Engility Corp. Establishes Global Headquarters in Virginia None
2012-04-25 Bristol, Virginia’s NextGen Broadband Network Recognized in National Study None
2012-04-20 Healthcare Leader McKesson Corp. Expands Footprint in the Commonwealth None
2012-04-13 American Legislative Exchange Council Gives Virginia a Top 3 Ranking For Economic Outlook None
2012-04-05 31 Virginia Professors Make The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors List None
2012-04-03 Richmond, Virginia Receives a Top 3 Ranking on Gallup’s Job Creation Index None
2012-03-26 4G Wireless Comes to Southwestern Virginia None
2012-03-20 MWV Launches Center for Packaging Innovation Pilot Plant None
2012-03-15 Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup Awards Virginia a Top 5 Ranking None
2012-03-13 Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley Plant First to Achieve Two Energy Certifications None
2012-03-08 Water from Virginia’s Rockingham County Judged Top 5 in the Nation None
2012-03-06 eBay Company GSI Commerce Expands in Henry County None
2012-03-01 Evatran’s Plugless Power System Pioneers Electric Vehicle Wireless Recharging None
2012-02-27 Made In America — Insourcing On the Rise 5
2012-02-23 Virginia Small Business Financing Authority Launches Micro-Loan Program None
2012-02-21 Laminate Technologies Can’t Resist Virginia’s Furniture Community in Henry County 2
2012-02-17 Virginia’s Wind Industry Moves Forward On and Offshore None
2012-02-14 Virginia’s Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing is Open for Business 5
2012-02-13 Virginia Delivers — Inaugural Flower Shipment from Ethiopia None
2012-02-09 Fortune 100 Company Honeywell Chooses Virginia - Again None
2012-02-08 Advance Auto Parts Adds Financial Center to Virginia Headquarters None
2012-02-07 Tessy Plastics - Second Injection Molding Company to Expand in Virginia in 45 Days None
2012-02-06 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Visits Virginia Company Paramount Industrial Cos. 5
2012-01-27 CCAM Receives 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award None
2012-01-19 Virginia’s Community College System Receives Innovation in Government Award None
2012-01-17 Virginia’s Region 2000 Wins Public-Private Partnership Award 4
2012-01-11 Virginia – A Leader in High-Tech None
2012-01-09 Enviva Launches First Shipment from Virginia’s Port of Chesapeake None
2011-12-22 Amazon.Com Brings 1,350 New Jobs to Virginia 5
2011-12-20 German Manufacturer Shifts into High Gear Bringing 80 New Jobs to Virginia Beach None
2011-12-19 Rubbermaid Commercial Products Announces Expansion in Virginia None
2011-12-09 Transportation Gains Momentum in Virginia None
2011-12-05 Forbes.com Ranks Virginia #2 Best State for Business for Second Year Running None
2011-12-01 Virginia’s Renewable Energy Industry Expands 3.8
2011-11-29 Alpha Natural Resources Opens Headquarters in Bristol Virginia None
2011-11-22 Made in America - Virginia's Plastics Industry Expands Again None
2011-11-18 Dulles International Airport Delivers More than Passengers None
2011-11-17 Blacksburg Virginia Named Bloomberg Businessweek’s #1 Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids None
2011-11-15 Virginia On Target at CoreNet Global Summit None
2011-11-09 New ITT Exelis Headquarters Open for Business None
2011-11-07 Top U.S. Construction Company Brings 625 Jobs to the Top State for Business None
2011-11-01 Virginia Brews Up 800 New Jobs in Isle of Wight None
2011-10-28 U.S. News and World Report Recognizes Virginia’s Education System None
2011-10-21 Did you know this is Manufacturing Appreciation Week? None
2011-10-20 Virginia Sails Closer to Becoming the Energy Capital of the East Coast None
2011-10-05 Microsoft and Virginia - A Partnership for the Future None
2011-09-27 Montgomery County Makes Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 List for 2011 None
2011-09-20 A Success for Dex None
2011-09-15 Praise for Hanover County None
2011-09-09 Center for Advanced Engineering and Research Opens in Bedford County None
2011-08-16 Have You Heard? None
2011-08-12 SRI’s Center for Advanced Drug Research Continues to Grow None
2011-08-08 Virginia Companies Join Forces None
2011-08-03 Virginia named #1 for Economic Growth Potential None
2011-07-07 A Successful Tomorrow Starts Today None
2011-06-29 Third Time's a Charm- Virginia Ranked CNBC's Top State for Business None
2011-06-27 Volvo Trucks Achieves Energy Efficiency Goals None
2011-06-23 Virginia Tech Corporate Research Park Receives Award of Excellence None
2011-05-23 From Rebuild to Reopen None
2011-05-23 The Big Apple None
2011-04-22 We're wired up! None
2011-01-04 VEDP VALET Graduate Receives Prestigious National Award 4
2010-12-29 Preparing Virginia's Future Engineers None
2009-10-19 A Rolls-Royce Style Celebration 4
2009-09-14 We Blow a Lot of Hot Air None
2009-08-28 Grow Internationally With a Helping Hand None
2009-08-14 Celebration Leads to Jobs in Martinsville None
2009-08-10 Virginia Helps Companies Make Headlines None
2009-07-06 The Power of the Future Belongs to Virginia 5
2009-06-25 We’re Pro-Business and We’re Proud 5
2009-06-17 Pounding International Pavement 5
2009-06-12 Green is in High Gear in Virginia 5
2009-06-04 IT Just Got a Little Cheaper to Operate in Virginia 4.5
2009-05-19 VEDP is Entering the Blogosphere 4.4

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