State

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.

Buyer beware: Consumers urged to watch for scams

March 6, 2015

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, the State Corporation Commission is asking Virginians to keep their eyes peeled for scams as well as to learn about their consumer rights.

Governor signs bill to freeze reviews

February 24, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday signed into law legislation that bars the State Corporation Commission from conducting two-year reviews on rates and profits for Dominion Power and Appalachian Power for the next five years.

Ride sharing firms could expand into region

February 22, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law legalizing and regulating the operation of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the commonwealth.

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.

First Bank rates as top workplace

Scott Harvard

February 2, 2015

First National Corporation announced that “Virginia Business Magazine” has recognized Strasburg-based First Bank as one of the “2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia” on Tuesday.

Jobless rates fall to lowest since ’08

January 29, 2015

Virginia saw a 0.2 percent decrease in its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December, dropping the rate to 4.8 percent, the lowest since October 2008, Gov. Terry McAuliff reported this week.

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.

Aiming to make a difference

January 14, 2015

RICHMOND — The General Assembly convened Wednesday for the first day of its 2015 session amid hopes that at least some of the thousands of bills expected to be introduced will pass and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the state’s 8.3 million residents.

Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

Maurice Jones.

December 19, 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 19, 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.