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Gov. Bob McDonnell made the first economic development announcement of his administration today, announcing 25 jobs in Charlotte County in Southside.
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Longwood University will announce their new president on March 2. Here is a press release from the university:
Almost one year to the date when Longwood president Patricia Cormier announced her retirement plans, the university will announce her successor on Tuesday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Blackwell Ballroom. In March of last year, the Longwood University Board of Visitors appointed a Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee to conduct a nationwide search for Longwood’s 25th president.
Longwood worked with the consulting firm Academic Search Inc. in conducting the search, which attracted a record-breaking 124 applicants for the position. The search was narrowed down to nine highly qualified candidates and then narrowed further to a final four candidates who visited the campus in February.
Virginia Tech’s Big Build program is beginning construction of a LEED certified home for a low-income family in Pulaski. All members of the community are invited to help with the house, which is scheduled to be dedicated April 15. Here is a press release from the university:
The Big Build will kick off construction of a house on March 1 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, and six weeks from now a family in nearby Pulaski will have a brand new, environmentally friendly home.
The Big Build (http://vtbigbuild.org/blog) is a Virginia Tech student service and learning organization whose goals are two-fold: to provide a low-income family with a house that is affordable and LEED-certified (http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147) (LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system); and to give Big Build students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills through house design, product specification, volunteer coordination, fundraising, and project marketing and promotion. Read more »
On Tuesday, March 9th the Association of Fundraising Professionals will present the following workshop for event planners:
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Roanoke presents speakers Elizabeth Wade Fillman and Angela Marshall, Virginia Tech specialists who are responsible for planning meetings, workshops, conferences and events.
When: Noon – 1:15pm
Where: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
Cost: $20 for AFP members, $25 for non-members
Contact: Tammy Shank, firstname.lastname@example.org 540-989-6641 x258
O’Reilly Auto Parts has opened at 911 West Main Street in Salem. Here is more information from the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce:
On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce welcomed one of its newest members to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting. O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at 911 West Main Street in Salem, hosted several Salem City Council officials as well as Chamber members to be part of their ribbon cutting. This is the first O’Reilly Auto Parts location in the valley. The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank O’Reilly Auto Parts for their membership and welcome them to Main Street in Salem.
Richfield Retirement Community in Salem has appointed Robert Rector to the position of president. Here is a press release from the community:
The Board of Directors for Richfield Retirement Community is please to annonuce the appointment of Robert Rector as President/Chief Operating Officer.
Rector has been with Richfield Retirement Community serving as Chief Operating Officer since 2003. He received his BS from Virginia Tech and Masters from Lynchburg College. Rector has been in long term care for over twenty years serving as a Long Term Care Administrator, Regional Director of Operations, Long Term Care Consultant and Vice President of Health Services. During his career, Rector has served as Chairman of the Virginia Health Care Association and the Board of Nursing Home Administrators.
Fourteen people died in farm work-related accidents last year, compared to six in 2008. Overturned tractors result in 6.25 deaths per year. Here is a press release from the Virginia Farm Bureau:
Fourteen lives were reported lost due to farm work-related accidents in 2009 in Virginia, eight more than in 2008.
Tractor overturns and tractor runovers accounted for six fatalities, while other tractor or equipment issues and animal-related incidents led to another eight, according to unofficial statistics from Virginia Farm Bureau.
At press time, the organization had no reports of 2009 fatalities resulting from collisions involving farm equipment on public roads or farm work-related deaths involving all-terrain vehicles. Read more »
The United States Department of Agriculture announces an ongoing disaster program for producers who have lost livestock due to heavy snow or excessive cold this winter. Here are details from the USDA:
Michael L. Wooden, State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Virginia today announced that the sign up for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is ongoing. A producer has until 30 days after the disaster event occurred or loss of the livestock is apparent to file a Notice of Loss with their local County FSA Office. A Notice of Loss may be accepted either by telephone, fax, e-mail, or in person. Due to adverse weather conditions, such as excessive snow and extremely cold temperatures on or about January 30 through February 6 and beyond, livestock producers may be eligible for LIP benefits if eligibility requirements are met. To be eligible for LIP, a livestock producer must have owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died and the livestock must have been maintained for commercial use as part of a farming operation. Read more »