Tim Kaine

Kaine urges all to work from home Aug 3

This week Gov. Tim Kaine declared Monday August 3 to be Telework Day. Businesses and employees can pledge to work remotely from their homes on the Telework Exchange website. The goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions produced by the daily commute, ease congestion on the roadways, and improve work/life balance. “Telework is a family-friendly, business-friendly… Read more »

Rainwater rules cast cloud over development

Developers are lining up in opposition to new storm water requirements they say will dramatically increase the cost of development in the commonwealth, and may even scare off the sort of large companies that could bring thousands of new jobs.

Governor Kaine wants rail in Richmond

High-speed rail in Richmond chugs closer to reality. Gov. Tim Kaine met with Vice President Biden  at the White House yesterday to discuss regional high-speed rail and tried to secure some of the $8 billion  that has been allocated by Obama for the U.S. transportation project. “The meeting went very well,” said Gordon Hickey, Kaine’s… Read more »

Home builders call cul-de-sac rules a dead end

It’s the end of the road for the cul-de-sac. New regulations will greatly reduce the number of the bulbous-ending streets allowed in neighborhoods, and Virginia home builders say the move will hamper their business. The requirements were passed last month by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which establishes policy for Virginia’s transportation system.

Food Banks Hungry for More Funding

Area food banks are struggling with increasing demand for services. After asking the state for $1 million in emergency funding, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks is preparing for an unprecedented amount of need during 2009. Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, says the state’s food banks are in… Read more »

Kaine says energy and environmental changes coming

The horizon is green in Virginia. In opening remarks at a conference on technology and sustainability, Gov. Tim Kaine said the last year of his administration would focus on energy and environmental issues. “Whether it’s green state government or whether it’s big-picture legislative initiatives with respect to land use, public transportation, open space preservation, water… Read more »

State starts program to guarantee souring biz loans

Governor Tim Kaine has authorized the state to guarantee a total of $3 million in existing small business loans for Virginia businesses. The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority quickly approved a new program to work with banks and guarantee existing loans of up to $500,000 on the condition that banks loosen some of the terms… Read more »

MeadWestvaco heads to India

Richmond packaging giant MeadWestvaco announced today a joint venture with an Indian box manufacturer, Wadco Packaging. MeadWestvaco purchased a 51 percent equity stake in Wadco and plans to improve the Indian company’s ability to package produce in the country.