Apr 23, 2017
AT A GLANCE
The economic impact of the CFA Institute’s Global Operations Center in fiscal year 2016 in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson:
» Total industry output: $261 million
» Value added to Charlottesville region’s GDP: $104.6 million (1/120 of total GDP)
» Spending in region: $53 million (including $46.3 million on employee payroll, $2.2 million on lodging and...Read more
Apr 22, 2017
AMPEL Bio Solutions, a biomedical research think tank in Charlottesville, recently announced a partnership with another health care startup in the city to tackle a vexing problem of drug development: recruiting and retaining patients in clinical trials.
AMPEL will use ArcheMedX, an online platform for health care education, to keep researchers, patients and clinical staff informed during several clinical trials of...Read more
Apr 21, 2017
Supervisor Palmer tops Lowry in first finance report of 2017
Two Democratic challengers for Charlottesville City Council outraised incumbent Bob Fenwick by about $10,000 each in the first quarter of 2017, state documents show.
In Albemarle County, Supervisor Liz Palmer, a Democrat, outraised John Lowry, her Republican foe, in her bid for a second term representing the Samuel Miller District.
All local candidates...Read more
Apr 20, 2017
As Charlottesville continues to experience a building and redevelopment boom, some officials are hoping increased public participation in the Comprehensive Plan update can help ensure that the city grows in a manner that benefits all its residents.
“We keep getting the message that we are not getting all the different voices at the table,” City Councilor Kathy Galvin said at Thursday’s...Read more
Apr 20, 2017
Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
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Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. We provide the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to...Read more
Apr 19, 2017
The firm designing a replacement for the deteriorating Belmont Bridge has concluded three days of intense planning for the structure.
“We have had wonderful weeks in Charlottesville, and the last three days have been impressive,” said Sal Musarra, with Richmond-based Kimley-Horn.
City Council voted in the summer of 2014 to proceed with a bridge replacement rather than an underpass. The city entered...Read more
Apr 19, 2017
Katrina Callsen, a former Teach for America corps member and a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, on Wednesday announced her candidacy for the Rio District seat on the Albemarle County School Board.
Callsen, 31, will face Agnor-Hurt Elementary literacy instructor Mary McIntyre in the November election.
Pam Moynihan, the incumbent Rio District representative on the board, has...Read more
Apr 18, 2017
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review on Tuesday unanimously approved demolition of the Main Street Arena. In a separate vote, the board also approved the destruction of the building housing Escafe, though that vote was not unanimous.
The connected properties are located within the Downtown Architectural Design Control district and, as such, require BAR approval to be demolished.
Though it sits in...Read more
Apr 18, 2017
Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review has denied a request from the Parks & Recreation Department to replace existing wooden seats on the Downtown Mall with metal ones without backs.
At issue is whether making the change would alter the intent of the 1970s-era design of famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.
“I feel strongly modifications to the mall need to honor the intentions...Read more
Apr 18, 2017
The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $230 million in funding for the Route 29 Solutions projects nearly three years ago, and members returned to Charlottesville on Tuesday to see the results up close.
“It has been a great success,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “I remember people telling me this was going to be my Waterloo.”
The CTB met at the...Read more
Apr 17, 2017
The Charlottesville City Council has committed nearly a quarter-million dollars toward helping the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust meet its goal of creating more affordable homes in one of Virginia’s hottest real estate markets.
The council voted 3-2 at its meeting Monday night to spend $240,000 from the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund to allow the land trust to purchase and develop...Read more
Apr 15, 2017
Collaboration is one way in which Virginia localities and institutions can work together to address economic development and social issues, but competition between differing groups can hinder results.
“Even though Virginia is a fantastic state and we get a lot of things done, we could use some advice on regional collaboration,” said Jim Cheng, a former Virginia commerce and trade secretary.