As a longtime tax credit for Charlottesville tech businesses nears the end of its life, city officials are looking for ways to expand the incentive to reach more local innovators.
In 2001, the city declared itself Virginia’s first “technology zone,” and began offering 50 percent relief on business license taxes for companies 5 years old or younger located within the city...Read more
The Albemarle County Voter Registration and Elections office is observing National Voter Registration Day today, September 27, 2016. Albemarle County citizens are invited to come by the tent outside the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, from 10am – 2pm and register to vote, check their registration status, apply for an absentee ballot, or pick up a sample ballot...Read more
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After starting 2016 with announcements that the state would restore public education funds cut during the great recession, missed state revenue projections mean Albemarle County and Charlottesville are facing dipping into their own funds to cover state contributions to teacher raises.
Thanks to a $266 million state budget deficit to round out the fiscal year ending June 30 and another $1.2...Read more
As school divisions across the country seek ways to adopt teaching methods that provoke critical thinking rather than fact memorization, educators must find new methods to measure students’ progress.
Moving from student achievement assessments that measure knowledge to assessments that measure a students’ ability to learn and think is not a new idea, but it is returning to the fore as...Read more
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has partially approved the design of a project to construct a six-story apartment complex behind two existing buildings on West Main Street.
The BAR approved the massing and scale of the Six Hundred West Main project in February and held a preliminary discussion on the design project in July.
“I think that we heard a number...Read more
A University of Virginia committee recently endorsed a master plan for Brandon Avenue that initially calls for a new 300-bed dormitory and a new student health center.
“The idea is that we would develop the southern end of the site, and we would like to move forward with development of those two projects right away,” university architect Alice Raucher said at...Read more
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is one of many displayed on the walls of the Team 20/20 classroom at Monticello High School. It also captures the spirit of an innovative effort to make learning exciting for students who have struggled in traditional classes.
Team 20/20 is a daily, three-hour, team-taught class that combines world geography...Read more
A pair of University of Virginia-trained biomedical engineers won a $25,000 grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office Friday at a pitch competition that kicked of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Tomtoberfest fall block party.
Payam Pourtaheri and Ameer Shakeel run AgroSpheres LLC and have developed a chemical that degrades pesticides and, they hope, will give farmers better control over their harvests.
The Albemarle County School Board approved a schematic design for a proposed 16-classroom addition to Woodbrook Elementary School at a work session Thursday.
RRMM Architects made several changes to its preliminary design after a community forum on Sept. 6. School Board chairwoman Kate Acuff said the design “substantially addressed the issues” identified at that meeting.
“This is an opportunity for us to...Read more
As Albemarle County and Charlottesville consider changes to how decisions are made about land use in urban areas, the former head of Nashville’s planning department briefed local developers and officials Wednesday on his city’s transition to a “form-based” zoning code.
“We think our community character planning is proactive in terms of deciding what we want,” said Rick Bernhardt, former director of...Read more
Representatives from several housing organizations spent Tuesday evening explaining to the Albemarle County Planning Commission how each is doing its part to address one of the region’s most pressing issues.
“We would like to essentially put some focus on the affordable housing that’s proposed in the county’s Comprehensive Plan,” said Commissioner Pam Riley. “We’d really like to foster greater regional cooperation...Read more