Economy and Jobs

County eyes industrial developments

April 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — In a report given to the Warren County Board of Supervisors this week, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority outlined some potential industrial development along the Route 522/340 corridor north of Front Royal.

Shenandoah wages lower than Warren, state averages

April 3, 2015

The Virginia Employment Commission has released an updated version of its industry profiles, which include data related to the number of establishments, wages, employment and unemployment insurance tax rates for five major industries.

Va. jobless rate holds steady in February

April 3, 2015

The Virginia Employment Commission announced last week the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in February, holding steady from the January rate and a 0.6 percent decrease from February 2014.

Va. Port Authority reports profit loss

March 27, 2015

The Virginia Port Authority reported this week it incurred a $560,000 loss in February — due to winter weather — and that resulted in work slow downs and work stoppages.

Could economic boost be in county’s future?

March 6, 2015

Last month, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Proctor and Gamble would construct a $500 million facility on almost 450 acres in Berkeley County. So why did Berkeley County, score this huge economic win?
A project of that scale may soon come to Shenandoah County, with Mount Jackson considering a series of actions to rezone and annex 712 acres of agricultural property for limited industrial use.

First Bank moves forward on sale

February 25, 2015

First Bank has cleared a major regulatory hurdle toward closing a deal in which the bank will buy six Bank of America branches in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.

Report: Warren County growing slow and steady

February 23, 2015

Warren County saw a 1.1 percent growth in population and a 0.53 percent growth in approved housing units in 2014, according to a report released by the Planning Commission.

Filling the gaps

Herb Melrath, owner of the Daily Grind on Main Street in Front Royal, stocks his shelves with coffee last Thursday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 22, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The chief business of the American People is business,” and that is certainly true of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.

Inland port doing swell, officials say

Russell Held, director of  economic development for the Port of Virginia, speaks during a news conference on the health of the port held Thursday  in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 12, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Virginia Inland Port is driving commerce, employment and setting record numbers of shipments, officials with the Port of Virginia said Thursday afternoon.

EDA director receives award

Patrick Barker

February 8, 2015

The executive director of the Frederick County Economic Development Authority was selected for an award in economic development, recognizing young talent in the profession.

What goes down, must come up

GAS PRICES

February 6, 2015

After enjoying months of falling gasoline prices, motorists across the commonwealth saw gas price rise 10 to 20 cents a gallon this week, with the average price settling at around $2.04.

U.S. House OKs small business bill

February 6, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill 260-163 this week that requires federal agencies to assess the impact of regulations on small businesses.

Obama’s tax plan: ‘Mixed bag’

January 20, 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 16, 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.