Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Renovated Capitol Square Building in Honor of Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today dedicated a newly renovated state office building in honor of Barbara Johns, who as a teen in 1951 led a group of students to walk out of their Farmville high school in protest of the dilapidated conditions, paving the way for a lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the nation's public schools.

"Barbara Johns didn't simply lead her classmates in a protest of inequitable schools. She led a group of young people and an entire nation to realize that courage was blind to age and race, and that real change requires action," said Governor McAuliffe. "The walkout she led kicked off an extraordinary chain of events that eventually invalidated the deception of 'separate but equal.' Having her name placed among the other giants in Virginia and American history who are celebrated on Capitol Square is a fitting tribute to her legacy."

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Buckingham approves compressor station for Dominion pipeline

Article Courtesy of the Richmond Times Dispatch
By ROBERT ZULLO

After a five-hour public hearing Thursday night, the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a controversial compressor station, part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project spearheaded by Dominion, over the objections of dozens of opponents.

“In all the board has been part of a full and wide discussion of this matter,” said Supervisor Donald E. Bryan, who added that the board had been grappling with the compressor station proposal for about two years and said he had consulted other counties with compressor stations and found no evidence of detrimental health or noise effects.

Two supervisors abstained, one because he works for Dominion and the other because he has interest in land “pertaining to the pipeline.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 44 New Jobs and More than $251 Million Investment in Mecklenburg County

~ Project will be Microsoft Corporation’s 5th expansion in Virginia ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Microsoft Corporation will invest $251.6 million to expand its data center site in Mecklenburg County and increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Virginia successfully competed against other sites in the U.S. for the project, which will create 44 new jobs.

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B2XOnline, Inc. Partners with MBC to Expand Broadband Services

B2XOnline, Inc. to open technical support office at the Heartland Regional Business Park

December 12, 2016 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) announced today that it has partnered with B2X Online, Inc. (B2X), a wireless internet service provider based in Salem, Virginia, to assist with technical and customer support for the TV White Space (TVWS) Project, which is funded by Microsoft, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and MBC.  This project aims to address the “Homework Gap” that rural area students face without access to broadband at home.

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Tourism Revenue Reaches a New Record in Mecklenburg County in 2015

-All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $23 billion-

Boydton, VA (September 9, 2016) - Data released by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism in Virginia generated $23 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 223,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes. The increase is largely

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VGA Home to First Drone Testing

Source: http://www.farmvilleherald.com/2016/07/airport-hosts-drone-testing/

After leaving the Farmville Regional Airport, an RS-20 unmanned
aircraft flies over a pipeline route near the town. (Photo by American Aerospace Technologies)

Unmanned aircraft systems — commonly known as drones — weighing up to 160 pounds with a 12-foot wingspan were tested at the Farmville Regional Airport this week, led by Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) in collaboration with American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI).

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