The Virginia Gateway Region is celebrating 55 years of economic development in the Tri-Cities area. At an event last week, the group made it clear it’s not resting on in laurels, announcing that $3.4 billion in capital investment will be flowing into the region offering great promise for the tax base and for people as investment brings new direct and indirect dollars to the economy through more consumer spending and investment.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
Articles by John Ogle
The Richmond Redevelopment Authority has made a rezoning application to construct a mixed use residential and neighborhood retail development in the East End.
The project would occupy the northern corners of the intersection of Nine Mile Road and North 25th Street in Church Hill. It’s been known as a “food desert” for a number of years. That means the neighborhood doesn’t have its own grocery outlet.
Northrop Grumman delivered notice on Friday (5/13) that it will not “participate as a prime contractor” in the state’s new technology strategy. The company believes that the Virginia Information Technology Agency’s new multi-vendor strategy will pose “significant risk” to the security of the state’s information technology systems.
The U.S. Supreme Court today (5/16) rejected an appeal by Philip Morris USA of a $25 million award to the family of a smoker in Oregon who died. The justices are leaving in place a state appeals court ruling that compared the cigarette maker’s role in Michelle Schwarz’s death to manslaughter under Oregon law, if the case had been pursued in criminal court.
Schwarz began smoking as an 18 year old in 1964 and switched to low tar cigarettes that Richmond based company began selling in 1976. She died in 1999 at age 53 from a brain tumor caused by lung cancer that had metastasized.
Five members of Petersburg City Council met behind closed doors and decided yesterday (5/12) to investigate charges against Ward 1 Councilor Treska Wilson-Smith. Neither Wilson-Smith nor Mayor W. Howard Myers, who filed a complaint against her, were present at the special meeting.
Acting City Attorney Mark Flynn went over the disciplinary policies and procedures adopted by council some three years ago, explaining that any member can submit a request for a disciplinary hearing to determine with another member has committed “official misconduct.”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Orange County yesterday to announced that Lohman Specialty Coatings is investing $6.7 million in a new building to manufacture parts for automotive manufacturers.
The Governor visited the Lohman plant in the Lee Industrial Park with an $85,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund to help Orange County facilitate what will be a 25,000 square foot expansion, creating 56 new jobs, many of them high paying positions.
On Monday and Tuesday next week, Henrico is doing something it’s never done before. The county is offering municipal bonds to give residents a chance to be investors.
The county will issue $125 million in water and sewer bonds.
Joe Casey, Deputy County Manager for Administration, explained that each bond has a $5,000 par value. The first day sale is a little like a store or restaurant preview.
The Town of Columbia voted to go out of business and it will happen on July 1st. Now, the state is providing funds to raze four buildings considered dangerous and an eyesore.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is providing a $150,000 grant to buy and pull down the structures on St. James Street. Columbia is on the James River at the confluence with the Rivanna River. It has struggled since Hurricanes Camille in 1969, and Agnes in 1972, caused dramatic damage.
The Richmond Department of Utilities has come up with a novel way to raise awareness of the importance of pollution free streets and waterways. The Utility Department’s RVAH20 Initiative is launching the Storm Drain Art Project.
The DPU’s Angela Fountain explained that five storm drains along Tredegar Street will be transformed by five artists and in the process remind people to keep their street, sidewalk, and lawn free of debris that all drains into the James.
Richmond City Council will have a budget hearing on the 23rd. The Mayor is asking them to approve a settlement to resolve an employee overtime lawsuit.
The $2.7 million dollar deal would resolve the suit filed by 54 people who work at the Department of Social Services who claimed they were improperly denied overtime pay. The suit is similar to one covering 26 workers that Richmond settled last year for $750,000.