Economy and Jobs

First Bank moves forward on sale

February 25th, 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 23rd, 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 22nd, 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 12th, 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 8th, 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


February 6th, 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 6th, 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 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.