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Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) Small Business Networking Session

The purpose of this session is to offer small business subcontractors an opportunity to meet with the potential awardee large business General Contractors for Construction Contract 3 for the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC).

Monday, March 20, 2017, 3:30 PM
Officer’s Club at Pickett Park
3951 Military Road, Blackstone, VA 23824

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Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Renovated Capitol Square Building in Honor of Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today dedicated a newly renovated state office building in honor of Barbara Johns, who as a teen in 1951 led a group of students to walk out of their Farmville high school in protest of the dilapidated conditions, paving the way for a lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the nation's public schools.

"Barbara Johns didn't simply lead her classmates in a protest of inequitable schools. She led a group of young people and an entire nation to realize that courage was blind to age and race, and that real change requires action," said Governor McAuliffe. "The walkout she led kicked off an extraordinary chain of events that eventually invalidated the deception of 'separate but equal.' Having her name placed among the other giants in Virginia and American history who are celebrated on Capitol Square is a fitting tribute to her legacy."

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The ShopLocalVGA Site is growing with new merchants being added weekly. Now you can shop local, from the comfort of your couch.

Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) is giving small businesses the opportunity to get noticed –online, while giving consumers more options to Shop Local.

Understanding that many localities and small businesses within our rural region aren’t able to develop and maintain a professional website, the VGA has launched an online e-­‐commerce site and business directory, free of charge, to supplement existing websites or even be used by some businesses and localities as their primary online presence.

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Announcing the Virginia Velocity Tour!

Innovative early-stage Virginia startups can apply by 8/18 to take part in the Virginia Velocity Tour, a multi-city bus tour of entrepreneurship in Virginia. Selected entrepreneurs will share meals with investors, customers and mentors in their industry, and take part in a $25,000 pitch competition. Applications are due August 18.

The Virginia Velocity Tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition, which launched last year to spur entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across Virginia (Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville) and hold a day of events to celebrate the region’s startup ecosystem, focused around a certain industry theme. Each day will feature events with local leaders and investors, a “startup crawl” of local incubators and businesses, and culminate in a public pitch competition with a $25,000 equity-free grant prize.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 37 New Jobs in Charlotte County

~ Blue Ridge Railcar Repair to invest $2.41 million to expand operation~

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Blue Ridge Railcar Repair LLC (Blue Ridge), a subsidiary of Patriot Rail Company LLC, will invest $2.41 million to expand its operations in Charlotte County. Virginia successfully competed against Louisiana for the project, which will create 37 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Blue Ridge Railcar Repair was established in Charlotte County in December 2013, bringing an existing railcar repair facility back into operation and adding jobs and tax revenue to a community that has been hard hit by industry loss. Less than a year later, the company will expand to include railcar cleaning, blasting and painting capabilities to meet increased demand in the marketplace and grow its customer base, bringing an additional 37 new jobs that will pay above the county’s prevailing average wage. The new investment and job opportunities for Southern Virginia are exactly what we need to build a new Virginia Economy, and we look forward to Blue Ridge’s success in Charlotte County in the coming years.”

“The prosperity of existing businesses is vital to economic development in Virginia, and we are proud of Blue Ridge Railcar Repair’s success in Charlotte County in the past year,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “An increasing need for the company’s services in the market is great news, and the facility in Keysville can accommodate the demand with this expansion. We thank Blue Ridge for its investment, and commend Charlotte County on providing a business environment that allows the company to flourish.”

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