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Latest issues and trends in forest and wildlife management focus of annual conference Feb. 24

Owners of woodlands large and small can learn how to maximize their property’s potential at the 14th annual Woods and Wildlife Conference put on by the Virginia Department of Forestry. This educational event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

Va. Tech awarded $1.1 million state grant to develop product aimed at treating brain tumors

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Jan. 9 that the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) has approved a $1.1 million grant to Virginia Tech to support a medical device that will use low-energy electric fields to treat brain tumors, the second-leading cause of death in people under the age of 20.

PWC Schools upgrading broadband service from two gigabytes to 10 gigabytes

A new broadband upgrade is under way in Prince William County Schools. It will ultimately result in faster and easier access to the internet. When complete, the PWCS digital information pipeline will be five times larger, from two gigabytes to 10 gigabytes, expanding teaching, learning, and family engagement resources.

Dr. Megan Healy to join Governor-Elect’s administration as Chief Workforce Development Advisor

Governor-elect Ralph Northam Jan. 3 announced at Richmond Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in Ashland that Megan Healy will join his administration as Chief Workforce Development Advisor, which will be elevated to the cabinet level in Northam’s administration.

Employment up in Virginia compared to 2016, governor says

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Dec. 22 that Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment is 33,700 jobs higher when compared to November of 2016, according to a news release.

Aurora demonstrates fully autonomous helicopter UH-1H at Marine Corps Base Quantico

Va. Beach tech firm to expand with enormous $54 million green energy facility and 1100 new jobs

Global Technical Systems (GTS), a premier provider of advanced engineering solutions for defense, homeland security, and related U.S. Government and international customers, will invest $54.7 million in a new, electro-mechanical energy storage system manufacturing operation in Va. Beach. The project will create 1,110 new jobs with an average annual salary of $74,000. ranks Virginia #5 Best State for Business

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Nov. 29 that Virginia was named No.5 in the 2017 Best States for Business ranking. This position represents a jump from No.6 in the 2016 survey and No.7 in 2015, according to a news release.

TODAY’S COLUMN: Sen. Kaine and Sen. Bennet back a public health care plan known as Medicare X

Too many Americans have been inundated with headlines about plans to take away their health care. Americans want both parties to work together on real solutions that lower costs and increase choice without exploding our debt or upending lives. Last month, we announced legislation that would accomplish this. We call our plan Medicare-X.

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