Friday, March 02, 2007

Virginia is for Business

Virginia Business Magazine has summarized the factors contributing to Virginia's top rankings in recent evaluations of the business environments of the states. According to Garry Kranz, "Since 2003, Virginia consistently has outperformed the national average in employment growth." This article focuses on Virginia's R&D and employment incentives, as well as the emerging investment in the Virginia work force.

Good examples are the recent announcement of the six year research partnership between The National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton and Airbus North America. (See the Virginian-Pilot for more) and the announcement by the R.L. Polk & Co., a company that analyzes automotive industry data, that "Virginia was among the nation's leaders for sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in 2006."(See the Richmond TimesDispatch for more).

The Martin Agency Snares Wal-Mart Account With a Richmond State of Mind; the world's largest retailer came to Virginia for creative talent. (See the Washington Post for more)

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