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Group Protests Landmark Hotel Incentives
A Charlottesville man running for City Council staged a small protest outside the former Landmark Hotel Monday, arguing that the current councilors are too close to big business.
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Public Weighs in on Waynesboro's Considered Tax Increase
A tax increase is on the table in Waynesboro, and city councilors want to hear from you before they vote.
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At Albemarle school, a collaborative, community spirit in learning
Baker-Butler introduces ‘design thinking’ approach
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Harrisonburg Police Arrest 1 in Connection to Pheasant Run Shooting
A Harrisonburg man is now behind bars charged in connection to a shooting last week  in the 400 block of Pheasant Run Circle.
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Report Highlights CFA Institute’s Impact in Central Virginia
The CFA Institute held a presentation Monday morning to highlight the overall impact it provides to Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.
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Council hopeful leads protest over Landmark tax breaks
Paul Long was particularly critical of the mayor.
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Couric forum celebrates progress, potential of local female students
Nine local girls receive scholarships; Ackerman talks about women in athletics
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9 Girls Receive Scholarships at Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon
Nine girls from local area high schools were awarded scholarships to help them pay for college at the 17th annual Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon that was held on Monday.
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The city was honored as being a community that make it easier and less expensive to install and use solar energy.
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State Advisory Panel Looking at Political Ethics Laws
A state advisory panel says Virginia political ethics laws need to change.
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NGIC commander to speak at chamber luncheon
The third annual Veteran and Defense Honor Luncheon will be held at the University of Virginia’s Alumni Hall on May 24.
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The closure was planned for Tuesday but is now scheduled for Thursday, VDOT officials said.
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Local investment: Study evaluates CFA Institute’s impact on area
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...
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Charlottesville startups collaborating to improve drug trials
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,...
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Democratic council challengers each raise about $10K more than Fenwick
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,...
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City design group discusses community engagement strategies
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...
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Local Food Hub
Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.   Describe your nonprofit's mission. Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access...
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Kimley-Horn wraps up Belmont Bridge design workshop
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...
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Charlottesville News

Local investment: Study evaluates CFA Institute’s impact on area

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...

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Charlottesville startups collaborating to improve drug trials

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...

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Democratic council challengers each raise about $10K more than Fenwick

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...

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City design group discusses community engagement strategies

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...

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Local Food Hub

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.   Describe your nonprofit's mission. 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...

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Kimley-Horn wraps up Belmont Bridge design workshop

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...

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Former teacher, UVa Law grad enters county School Board race for Rio District

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...

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BAR approves demolition of Main Street Arena, Escafe sites

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...

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Design panel denies backless benches for Downtown Mall

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...

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Virginia transportation panel discusses U.S. 29 projects

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...

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Council grants $240,000 in funding for four land trust homes

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...

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Can separate communities achieve results through collaboration?

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. Cheng...

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