Economy and Jobs

Obama’s tax plan: ‘Mixed bag’

January 20th, 2015

Industry insiders sounded off on the tax plan President Barack Obama presented to Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Governor seeks solar energy proposals

January 16th, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released a “request for information” for the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to explore solar energy development on state owned property on Thursday.

Investing in comfort

Beth Waller, lead agent for Team Waller Realty in Front Royal, records information on this home she just listed on Donald Drive in Warren County on Thursday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 16th, 2015

Home buying in 2014 had a strong finish in Shenandoah and Warren counties and is off to a good start in 2015, according to some area realtors.

The costs of commuting

Calvin Wallace, 41, a construction superintendent for Marion Construction Inc. of Falls Church, travels from his Strasburg home into the Northern Virginia and D.C. Metro area for work in his 2014 Chevrolet Silverado truck. Wallace is one of the many area commuters who drive over 100 miles daily to work.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 11th, 2015

STRASBURG — Forty-one-year-old Calvin Wallace, a construction superintendent, is a “super commuter.”

Commuting: Where are they going and what are they doing?

January 11th, 2015

Common thought on commuting in the region is that most people are traveling to the Washington, D.C., area to work. While the U.S. Census Bureau data shows this is mostly the case, it is not a general rule of thumb.

Manufacturer to open new facility

January 8th, 2015

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority announced Thursday that a new manufacturing facility will open on Strasburg Road later this year.

Town releases survey results

December 29th, 2014

Front Royal has released the results of its online survey of what businesses town residents would like to see come to the area.

Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

Maurice Jones.

December 19th, 2014

According to a recently released report, the Virginia economy will have to diversify and be less reliant on public sector jobs on the federal, state and local levels to maintain a steady economy for years to come.

Virginia organization named one of nation’s best

December 19th, 2014

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was ranked second in the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014.

Roanoke company to rebrand

December 19th, 2014

Roanoke-based Lawrence Companies, a freight company, is undergoing a re-branding effort.

Business owners gear up for fight

Lisa Salazar, owner of Henry's Grocery, stands inside her business  on Strasburg Road. Salazar has sought signatures inside her store against Dollar General's rezoning effort on property for a store along Strasburg Road near Homestead Drive.    Rich Cooley/Daily

December 16th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — With the Warren County Planning Commission voting 5-0 Wednesday to recommend the Board of Supervisors reject a

Dominion plant up and running

December 11th, 2014

The Dominion Power plant in Warren County went on line Thursday, delivering electricity to 325,000 customers throughout Virginia.

Fruit packing company to open branch in Front Royal

December 3rd, 2014

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday a Canadian frozen fruit company will be investing $1.8 million into Warren County, creating 25 new jobs.

Job related deaths down across Virginia

November 28th, 2014

The Virginia Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported a 15 percent decrease in on the job fatalities in the Commonwealth during 2013.

Diversification plan continues

A pair of welders work on the roof of this warehouse under construction at Valley Fertilizer in Mt. Jackson. The 80,000 square foot building is being constructed by Harman Construction, Inc. of Harrisonburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 21st, 2014

As Bowman Andros continues expanding in Mount Jackson, a new warehouse is set to open up by February 2015.

First Bank to purchase six new branches

First Bank Corporation of Strasburg has announced plans to purchase six branches of Bank of America, including this one at Court and Main streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19th, 2014

The First National Corporation, the holding company of First Bank, announced Wednesday that it is buying six Bank of America branches in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia for $377.3 million, making it the largest bank headquartered in the valley north of Roanoke.