UBED—Economic Gardening: William & Mary Incubates Growing Businesses

Thursday, 7 June 2012 10:01 by Info@YesVirginia.org
“William & Mary (W&M) is looking at how to grow what’s already in Virginia, as well as to help bring companies into the Commonwealth,” said Leonard Sledge, William & Mary’s Director of Economic Development...

As promised, VEDP is delving into UBED (University-Based Economic Development) in our institutions of higher learning across the Commonwealth.

“William & Mary (W&M) is looking at how to grow what’s already in Virginia, as well as to help bring companies into the Commonwealth,” said Leonard Sledge, William & Mary’s Director of Economic Development.

To that end, W&M’s Technology and Business Center has partnered with the county to run the James City County Business & Technology Incubator (JCC-BTI). The incubator provides support and advisory services to help accelerate the growth of younger companies. This support includes help setting goals and milestones, general business advice, organizational guidance, networking events, assistance locating financing and other service providers, and the use of a professional business facility.

The incubator also liaises with W&M’s Mason School of Business and Entrepreneurship Center. Business school professors are assigned to each incubator company to help determine strategy. Business school students are also engaged in problem-solving initiatives for incubator companies through project and classroom exercises.

Launched in January 2007, the JCC-BTI has worked with 10 companies, graduating three to date. One such graduate is MODU System, a Malaysian manufacturer of conveyor belt systems. The incubator helped the company enter the U.S. market, advising management on how to position the product and locate resellers in the U.S.

Another success story is Breathe Healthy, a manufacturer of antimicrobial face masks with superior comfort and filtering abilities. JCC-BTI helped the veteran-owned company locate key markets for its product, as well as launch international sales.

According to William Bean, Director of W&M’s Technology Business Center, “We’re looking for companies that are passionate and serious about the growth of their business. Our incubator clients span a variety of industries, but the one thing they have in common is a genuine excitement to use the services of our incubator for accelerating growth.”

To learn more about W&M’s Office of Economic Development or the James City County Business & Technology Incubator, click on the highlighted links.

Mail America Expands in Bedford County, Virginia

Monday, 4 June 2012 13:31 by Info@YesVirginia.org

On Tuesday, advertising company Mail America announced plans to expand operations in Bedford County through a $5 million investment. The company will maintain its current facility while adding another 42,000 square feet through a nearby location.

This expansion will create 75 new jobs over the next three years as the company seeks to hire print and mail insertion operators, maintenance staff and administrative personnel to help meet growing customer demand.

Producing nearly 400 million U.S. mail pieces each year, Mail America has operated in Bedford County since 1989 and currently employs 325 Virginians. The company’s positive experience with the region’s skilled and motivated workforce was a major deciding factor for this project.

Virginia’s competitive operative costs and pro-business environment also influenced the company’s decision to expand in the Commonwealth. According to Virginia Delegate Kathy Byron, “Our region continues to demonstrate that it is an ideal place for businesses to grow and to locate. The attributes we have here—reasonable taxes and regulations, a skilled and talented workforce, and welcoming state and local governments that are ready to work as partners—are instrumental to the success of firms like Mail America.”

This is the second expansion Bedford County has seen this year. Forestry Equipment of Virginia announced plans to expand its truck assembly business earlier in March. Both companies received assistance from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission for their expansions.

To learn why companies continue to find success in the Commonwealth and why Virginia is ranked America’s Top State for Business, click here.

UBED — Virginia Tech Leverages Alumni Network to Develop Cyber Security Solutions

Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:51 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Virginia Tech has developed a number of University-Based Economic Development (UBED) programs as part of its long-term strategy to help connect faculty and students with companies and communities...

Virginia Tech has developed a number of University-Based Economic Development (UBED) programs as part of its long-term strategy to help connect faculty and students with companies and communities. 

According to John Provo, Office of Economic Development Director, “The global network starts as soon as you walk out the door. We facilitate the sharing of Virginia Tech’s intellectual capital with the private sector to develop problem-solving solutions.”

One such group is VT-IDEA (Virginia Tech Intelligence and Defense Executive Alumni). Founded in January 2009, VT-IDEA is made up of alumni working in senior government and industry positions in the national security sector. The group’s mission is two-fold:  it serves as both a resource for national security professionals to better connect, and it helps Virginia Tech get even more plugged in to the national security space.

Through its efforts to build a faster pipeline from the research in Blacksburg to the cyber security needs in D.C., VT-IDEA has recently helped introduce two new ideas to industry insiders. The first is a data safeguarding device that can wipe tablets and cell phones clean, removing confidential information once the individual has left a secured area. The second technology foils radio signal eaves-droppers. The technology senses the intrusion and reconfigures the network to make it secure.

VT-IDEA not only helps spot and commercialize winning solutions; it also puts early stage entrepreneurs in touch with financing and venture capital sources. The group will be doing just that at its upcoming meeting “VT-IDEA Presents Innovation and Entrepreneurship at VTECH” on June 21 at the VT Research Center - Arlington.

To learn more about how the VT-IDEA group and Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development are building partnerships with the business community, click on the highlighted links.

German Manufacturer McAirlaid’s Expands in Virginia

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:19 by Info@YesVirginia.org
German manufacturer McAirlaid’s recently celebrated the addition of a 75,000-square-foot expansion to its existing U.S. headquarters in Rocky Mount, VA. Adding to the company’s 70,000-square-foot facility at Franklin County Commerce Center, the expansion will increase the company’s global capacity by 30 percent while creating 40 new jobs in the region...

German manufacturer McAirlaid’s recently celebrated the addition of a 75,000-square-foot expansion to its existing U.S. headquarters in Rocky Mount, Va. Adding to the company’s 70,000-square-foot facility at Franklin County Commerce Center, the expansion will increase the company’s global capacity by 30 percent while creating 40 new jobs in the region.

The expansion provides McAirlaid’s with the additional space to serve its customers in the hygiene, medical, food packaging, filtration and home décor spaces through its non-woven absorbency materials. It also allows the company to reduce imports of raw materials and rely more heavily on U.S. vendors, primarily on the East Coast.

McAirlaid’s first announced it would establish its U.S. headquarters in Virginia through an $85 million investment in 2006. In the words of CEO Alexander Maksimow, “Franklin County’s commitment to education through the public school system and job training programs, coupled with an existing workforce of highly motivated people with a strong work ethic, were key factors in McAirlaid’s site selection.”

Since opening its U.S. headquarters in Franklin County in March 2008, the company has received a warm welcome while experiencing the benefits of Virginia’s skilled workforce, education system and premier East Coast location. This additional investment allows McAirlaid’s to build on its success to date, illustrating the company’s commitment to grow in Franklin County.

To learn why companies continue to locate in Virginia due to the Commonwealth’s skilled workforce and excellent education system, click here.

Company and local officials joined Mary Rae Carter, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Rural Economic Development, at McAirlaid’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

UBED — Old Dominion University Develops A Knowledge Community

Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:08 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Universities play an essential role in developing the human capital so important to economic development, leading to the current term UBED (University-Based Economic Development). Over the coming weeks, VEDP will feature a series of blogs focusing on what universities are doing across the Commonwealth to play a more active role in reaching out to the business community...

Universities play an essential role in developing the human capital so important to economic development, leading to the current term UBED (University-Based Economic Development). Over the coming weeks, VEDP will feature a series of blogs focusing on what universities are doing across the Commonwealth to play a more active role in reaching out to the business community.

According to Tom Osha, President and CEO of Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Innovation Research Park (IRP), ODU is transitioning to a more active role in economic development by developing a 24/7 live-work-play community. IRP is capitalizing on the move away from traditional research parks to an updated model — the “knowledge community.” 

This new community caters to the next generation of researchers who desire a higher level of engagement in the neighborhood where they work. No longer satisfied with commuting home to the suburbs, this generation is looking to live, work and play all in the same location. 

IRP provides just that through its location within ODU’s University Village. Impressive on its own, IRP currently has 350 employees working in two 100,000-square-foot buildings, with plenty of room for expansion. Add to that University Village’s 10 restaurants, retail stores, hotel, theater, art gallery and the Ted Constant arena, and one can see the attractiveness of such a hub.

The economic development impact occurs when companies are drawn to communities like this, bringing with them investment and new jobs to the area. One such company is ipConfigure, which chose to locate at IRP over a location in Texas due to ODU’s multidimensional offerings.

ODU’s Computational Intelligence and Machine Vision Lab was a significant consideration for the company, as their video surveillance technology utilizes just the sort of facial recognition algorithms developed at the lab. Easy access to a qualified employee base and close proximity to amenities also clinched the deal.

"ipConfigure hires ODU graduates and interns, utilizes the ODU Business Gateway, eats in the ODU Village, puts guests up at the hotel, buys tickets to ODU football and other sporting events, and attracts its customers to come to IRP to see the research happening at the Vision Lab and elsewhere around ODU," Osha stated.

The university also put ipConfigure in touch with the Virginia Port Authority, the first customer of the company’s new Wide Area Surveillance products.

ODU is a shining example of a Virginia university that is seeking to bring the benefits of its research outside the classroom by catering to the needs of businesses. To learn more about ODU’s interaction with the business community, click here.

Blacksburg, Va. Ranked Top 5 on Forbes.com Best Small Cities for Jobs List

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:12 by Info@YesVirginia.org
The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area was ranked Top 5 on the recently published Forbes.com Best Small Cities for Jobs list. Looking at 242 MSAs, Forbes.com calculated the ranking using employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period November 2000 through January 2012...

The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area was ranked Top 5 on the recently published Forbes.com Best Small Cities for Jobs list. Looking at 242 MSAs, Forbes.com calculated the ranking using employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period November 2000 through January 2012.

This ranking continues the positive recognition the region has received including a No. 4 rating on Site Selection magazine’s Governors Cup for metro areas with a population of less than 200,000. Blacksburg, Va. was also named the No. 1 Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA continues to receive accolades for a number of reasons. Home to top-ranked Virginia Tech, the area’s workforce is highly educated, with two-thirds of residents above the age of 25 holding a bachelor’s degree or higher and 40 percent holding a graduate or professional degree.

The research capabilities of Virginia Tech combined with a highly-educated workforce have proven to be a winning combination, attracting companies and research parks to the area. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, located adjacent to Virginia Tech’s main campus, is home to 140 high-tech companies which employ more than 2,200 Virginians.

The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA is able to retain its highly-skilled workforce due to the strong quality of life the region offers. The family-friendly community provides residents with numerous recreational activities due to its convenient access to the Appalachian Trail, Washington-Jefferson National Forest, Smith Mountain Lake and New River.

To learn more about the Commonwealth’s plentiful resources — including a world-class workforce, top-ranked education system and strong quality of life — that make Virginia America’s Top State for Business, click here.

Virginia State University’s Business School Wins Three Awards

Monday, 21 May 2012 09:44 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Congratulations to Virginia State University’s (VSU) Reginald F. Lewis School of Business for winning three awards over the last few months...

Congratulations to Virginia State University’s (VSU) Reginald F. Lewis School of Business for winning three awards over the last few months.

Last week, VSU’s business school was awarded the RichTech Technology Innovation Deployment Award for its creative use of technology to enhance a process. RichTech honors organizations that help advance Virginia’s technology-based economy.

This win was a nice follow-up to the “Best Business Program in the Country” award received earlier this month from The Center for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The Center for HBCU ranked VSU’s business school No. 1 for its commitment to innovation. 

Last September, VSU’s business school received the Governor’s Technology Award in the category of Innovation in Higher Education. The award was presented at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in recognition of the most creative initiatives in the public sector. 

All three awards recognized the business school’s “Digital at the Core” initiative. As the first school in the country to delivery its core curriculum primarily via digital format, the school launched its pilot program in the fall of 2010. Digital textbooks, MP3 audio chapters, MP3 study guides, quizzes and flashcards were all available via download for a cost-friendly licensing fee of $19.95.

Founded in 1882, VSU is an example of Virginia’s premier higher education system that partners with industries to prepare students with the technological training and skills they will utilize upon entering the workforce.

To learn more about Virginia’s highly skilled workforce as well as customized training and recruitment programs, click here.

Digital Realty Adds to Loudoun County’s Data Center Alley

Friday, 18 May 2012 09:06 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Congratulations to Loudoun County for winning another expansion from data center provider, Digital Realty. The company officially broke ground on its fourth building in what’s known as “Data Center Alley” in Loudoun County, Va...

Congratulations to Loudoun County for winning another expansion from data center provider, Digital Realty. The company officially broke ground on its fourth building in what’s known as “Data Center Alley” in Loudoun County, Va.

The two-story, 214,000-square-foot building will house 10 data centers and bring an $80 million investment along with 180 temporary positions and 12 full-time jobs to the area. With more than 50 percent of the world’s internet traffic flowing through Loudoun County each day, the region certainly has become a hub for leading data center operations. Add to that an energy rate 28 percent below the national average and 10 million square feet of data center capacity, and one can easily see why data centers are flocking to Virginia.

Data processing was actually the dominant sector across the Commonwealth in 2011, accounting for more than $960 million in capital investment and almost half of the nonmanufacturing investment. Virginia is poised to continue its growth in the sector as it has both the highest concentration of high-tech workers in the nation and the advanced telecom infrastructure across the Commonwealth to support the industry.

Virginia data centers claimed three of the top 10 spots in Southern Business & Development’s 2011 Ten Best Data Center Sites in the South list. In addition, Bristol, Va., was touted in the study Broadband at the Speed of Light as one of the first municipalities in the nation to build a citywide Fiber-To-The-Home network.

To learn why leading companies have invested more than $4.4 billion in Virginia data centers over the last ten years, click here.

State, local and company officials celebrated the opening of Digital Realty’s newest building at the groundbreaking ceremony in Loudoun County.

ICF International Opens Business Process Management Center in Henry County, Va.

Monday, 14 May 2012 16:58 by Info@YesVirginia.org

Governor McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bolling attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Henry County, Va., to celebrate the opening of ICF International’s Business Process Management operations center. The opening of the facility comes just over a year after the Governor announced the project would bring 539 new jobs and a $15 million investment to Southern Virginia.

As a global professional and technology services firm, locating near a skilled workforce is critical. Following the company’s $20 million expansion of its Fairfax County headquarters in 2010, this project is further validation of the strength of Virginia’s workforce across the state. 

This victory also illustrates the breadth of Virginia’s technology infrastructure, another key deciding factor that helped the Commonwealth compete against Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia. Companies in Southern Virginia can take advantage of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative’s 800 mile open-access, fiber optic broadband network.

In the words of ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan, “ICF is proud to expand its operations in Virginia and to call the Commonwealth its home. As a professional services firm, ICF International maintains its global headquarters here, which offers the best combination of a robust economy, a pro-business climate, a high-quality workforce, and an outstanding quality of life for ICF employees. We are pleased to open this new operations center in Henry County and to build our workforce from local residents.”

With the highest concentration of technology workers in the country, Virginia continues to attract world-class companies and gain recognition as the Top State for Business. To learn more, click here.

Governor McDonnell addresses the crowd at ICF International’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Martinsville, Va.

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Virginia Wins Site Selection Magazine’s 2011 Competitiveness Award

Monday, 7 May 2012 09:49 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Site Selection Magazine named Virginia the winner of its annual Competitiveness Award, which recognizes excellence on the part of a state-level economic development group...

Site Selection magazine named Virginia the winner of its annual Competitiveness Award, which recognizes excellence on the part of a state-level economic development group. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) accepted the award at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s Spring Professional Forum held in Austin, Texas.

The Competitiveness Award was based on a 10-factor index using Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database. The number of new and expanded facilities, capital invested in new and expanded facilities, total jobs created, the individual state tax climate and state unemployment rate were a few of the factors used in selecting the Commonwealth as the winner.

Virginia’s low-tax business climate, right to work status and competitive operating costs were just some of the benefits touted by Site Selection. Add to that a world-class transportation infrastructure, robust telecommunications network, and a tech-savvy workforce, and it’s easy to see why Virginia is the clear winner.

This award continues the positive recognition the Commonwealth has seen in 2012. Virginia has already been recognized with a Top 3 Economic Outlook Ranking from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States, Poor States study, a Top 5 ranking in Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup, a Top 3 ranking on Gallup’s Job Creation Index, and a Top 10 ranking on Chief Executive’s Best States for Business.

To learn why Virginia continues to garner attention as a top state for business, click here.

Mark Arend, Site Selection Editor in Chief, presents VEDP representative Brent Sheffler with the Competitiveness Award.

Balchem Corp. Opens First Operation in Virginia

Wednesday, 2 May 2012 12:53 by Info@YesVirginia.org
Alleghany County won a new manufacturing operation when Balchem Corporation decided to locate its first operation in the Commonwealth there. The project will bring an initial investment of approximately $10 million and 55 new jobs to the region over the next 2-3 years...

Alleghany County won a new manufacturing operation when Balchem Corporation decided to locate its first operation in the Commonwealth there. The project will bring an initial investment of approximately $10 million and 55 new jobs to the region over the next 2-3 years.

As a leading producer of encapsulated ingredients for the animal nutrition and health market, Balchem’s growing portfolio of products has gained strong market acceptance at a global level. The manufacturing facility in Covington, Va., will allow Balchem to build on this success by more than doubling its output capacity for this market.

Virginia’s strong manufacturing workforce, rich raw material supply and competitive overall cost structure weren't the only reasons the Commonwealth was selected for this project. Alleghany County’s strategic location was also a critical factor in the selection process. Direct access to Interstates 64 and 81 will provide the company with convenient access to customers in the Northeast and Midwest markets, and close proximity to Virginia’s world-class port system will allow Balchem to easily serve its international customers.

A 45-year-old, publicly-traded company, Balchem was ranked #29 on Forbes.com’s 2011 America’s Best Small Companies list. To learn more about Virginia’s extensive manufacturing capabilities and why the Commonwealth continues to attract top companies like Balchem, click here.

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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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