~ Project will be Microsoft Corporation’s 5th expansion in Virginia ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Microsoft Corporation will invest $251.6 million to expand its data center site in Mecklenburg County and increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Virginia successfully competed against other sites in the U.S. for the project, which will create 44 new jobs.

B2XOnline, Inc. to open technical support office at the Heartland Regional Business Park

December 12, 2016 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) announced today that it has partnered with B2X Online, Inc. (B2X), a wireless internet service provider based in Salem, Virginia, to assist with technical and customer support for the TV White Space (TVWS) Project, which is funded by Microsoft, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and MBC.  This project aims to address the “Homework Gap” that rural area students face without access to broadband at home.

-All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $23 billion-

Boydton, VA (September 9, 2016) - Data released by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism in Virginia generated $23 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 223,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes. The increase is largely

Source: http://www.farmvilleherald.com/2016/07/airport-hosts-drone-testing/

After leaving the Farmville Regional Airport, an RS-20 unmanned
aircraft flies over a pipeline route near the town. (Photo by American Aerospace Technologies)

Unmanned aircraft systems — commonly known as drones — weighing up to 160 pounds with a 12-foot wingspan were tested at the Farmville Regional Airport this week, led by Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) in collaboration with American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI).

Seven VGA Counties possess a certificate of authorization from the FAA

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced initiatives that will further develop unmanned systems technology to strengthen the new Virginia economy, with an emphasis on unmanned aircraft systems.

“Unmanned systems technology is the next generation of research and data analytics and our investment into this technology gives Virginian companies the edge in competing in the global market,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “With these groundbreaking initiatives,

Source: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=16202

Governor McAuliffe announced a permit for a new solar facility to be built by Firestone Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Virginia Solar. Once complete, the 19.8-megawatt project will be the first utility-scale solar generator of its kind in Buckingham County.