Economy and Jobs

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.

State commerce chief speaks at Shenandoah U.

Maurice Jones.

November 18th, 2014

WINCHESTER—The Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade said the commonwealth is strong economically however it will need to diversify in order to meet future demands.

Thanksgiving Day food costs decrease

November 6th, 2014

According to a price survey by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner will be $3.56 less than last year.

National park saw fewer visitors in 2013

July 28th, 2014

Recent numbers released by the National Park Service revealed how the 16-day October 2013 government shutdown impacted tourism revenue, both within Shenandoah National Park and surrounding localities.

Revival sought for Corridor H plan

October 21st, 2013

WINCHESTER — Representatives of a highway project that would connect West Virginia businesses to Front Royal’s Inland Port touted a study Tuesday that projected 570 new jobs annually in the two states upon completion of the road.

Visionary predicts high-tech not-so-distant future

April 4th, 2013

Society is entering a period of unprecedented opportunity that will see humanity change more in the next 20 years than in all of our previous time on the planet, a think tank futurist told a rapt audience Thursday at Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd School of Business.