Business Briefs – Week of March 6-10
March 10th, 2017


State Chamber seeks input Bedford Bulletin

GO Virginia to create Roanoke-Blacksburg-Lynchburg economic council Roanoke Times

Martin-Lawson named chamber volunteer of the year Daily Progress

Twelve of 20 local legislators reported gifts in the period RTD

Long-serving leader of Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce to retire Virginia Business


Bills we’re watching

Virginia’s Rainy Day Fund Drops by 75% in 11 Years WVTF

Editorial: Economic development evolves in Virginia Free Lance-Star

Editorial: The choice that Virginia Republicans face Roanoke Times

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidates pitch $15 minimum wage WaPo

Colleges were on the defense this legislative session RTD

Editorial: Will anyone in Richmond help Wise County? Roanoke Times

Va. senators Kaine, Warner urge Trump not to cut $73M Chesapeake Bay cleanup Daily Press

Editorial: EPA cuts promise harm for Hampton Roads Pilot


Business News

U.S. job growth seen strong in February; wages to rebound Reuters

Agricultural exports fall to $2.75B in 2016 RTD

Tracking health-care trends for 2017 Virginia Business

Affordable Care Act replacement proposal could mean less funds for Virginians RTD

Sama Bilbao y León column: Little nuclear reactors could be a big boon for Virginia RTD

President Trump Considers Two Candidates for Navy Secretary WSJ

Town’s solar power field nears completion NV Daily

Equinix buys Ashburn land for $34.5 million to expand local data center operation Loudoun Times

Why Orbital ATK is back in Wall Street’s favor DJ Biz Journal

Richmond-based Avail Vapor opens 100th store Virginia Business

Genworth Financial shareholders approve $2.7B acquisition by China Oceanwide RTD

Elephant Insurance CEO departs; former top executive of parent company takes over RTD

Health insurance company (Optima Health) will hire 200 for new Military Circle office Pilot

Metro board advances fare hikes and service cuts as officials, advocates warn ridership decline will worsen WaPo

Virginia Beach council likely will accept new arena deal without a vote or public input Pilot