In down economy, what will happen to corporate giving?

A rough patch for local companies can presage lean times ahead for local nonprofits. LandAmerica and Circuit City both filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in November. Wachovia Securities, another major corporate giver, packed up most of its operations in favor of St. Louis. All three gave away large sums. Both Circuit City and LandAmerica… Read more »

Dipping into their options: How officials lured hummus maker to Va.

Last week, local and state economic developers announced that Sabra Dipping Co. would open a $59 million hummus plant in Chesterfield in 2010. The deal required six months of work by state and local economic development groups and the right mix of incentives. But it was Sabra Dipping that made the first move. Sabra requested… Read more »

LandAmerica files for bankruptcy & sells underwriting units

Title insurer LandAmerica has filed for bankruptcy. Three of its underwriting units will be sold, the company said. The stock is trading at $.20 a share, down 80% from the close yesterday. Fidelity National Financial said it would buy LandAmerica’s underwriting units Lawyers Title Insurance Corp and United Capital Title Insurance Co for $139.4 million…. Read more »

Bank branches out to Georgia

The Bank of Essex has assumed $600 million in deposits previously held by The Community Bank in Loganville, Ga. A Richmond-based bank has gobbled up deposits of a failed Georgia bank. Tappahannock-based Bank of Essex has assumed $600 million in deposits previously held by The Community Bank in Loganville, Ga.

Highwoods pitches plan to Shockoe Bottom

Planners of a proposed downtown ballpark development made a pitch to and fielded questions from residents and business owners Monday night at the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting. “The area you are looking at for redevelopment is mostly parking lots. There really hasn’t been any significant development here since [tropical storm] Gaston,” said Highwoods… Read more »

The $135 stimulus check you already got

Richmond commuters got an unexpected holiday bonus: $135 in average fuel savings since July. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, vehicles in the Richmond metro area are driven an average of 29 miles on any given weekday, or 145 miles in a workweek. If local gas prices had remained at their July peak of… Read more »

The Times-Dispatch’s Trifecta of Confusion

The whole user generation thing isn’t a great business plan for a newspaper company when users can slam your new product on the day of its launch. Yesterday Media General split the from, and dozens of comment on the Times-Dispatch’s ridicules the layout and usability. Before Thursday, if you typed in, you… Read more »

Fasten your safety belt for more bumps, economist says

Economist Chris Varvares looked into a crystal ball yesterday and saw a stormy few quarters in our future. Varvares, who is president of Macroeconomic Advisors, told business leaders at a lunch event held by the Richmond Association of Business Economics that we are in a recession that will continue for at least the next two… Read more »

The recession special

Local advertisers, it seems, don’t want to remind us of the lousy economy. But national advertisers are rolling out more and more ads that address the country’s current economic situation, sometimes opting for a humorous tack. A Denny’s ad asks “Who’s gonna bail you out?” to advertise a $4 breakfast special. Crate & Barrel magazine… Read more »