Cardinal News: Seven factors that are driving economic development in Virginia

By Dwayne Yancey, Cardinal News.
[excerpt reposted with permission]

Demand for big sites and renewable energy is driving many decisions. Electric vehicles also represent a growing share of investments.

There’s an old military saying, often attributed to Gen. Omar Bradley: “Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics.”

The same saying might apply to economic development, as well. Lots of people have theories about what a community’s strategy ought to be. Politicians certainly do. Even the occasional commentator has been known to opine on ...

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CNG Public Transit Coming to the Streets of Richmond

Public transit buses are being upgraded in Richmond, Virginia as a result of an $11 million federal grant announced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program, the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) will receive over $10 million to replace 19 of its aging diesel buses with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which release fewer harmful emissions, help improve ...

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2021 Clean Cities Annual Report Released


Every year, each Clean Cities coalition submits to the Department of Energy  an annual Transportation Technology Deployment report that documents its activities and accomplishments for the previous calendar year. Coalition coordinators, who lead the local coalitions, provide information and data via an online database managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The data characterize membership, funding, projects, and activities of the coalitions. ...

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Multi-Location Investment by DroneUp, Creating 655 Jobs in Virginia

Company to expand corporate headquarters in the City of Virginia Beach and establish a testing, training, and R&D center in Dinwiddie County
RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that DroneUp, LLC, a leading drone flight services innovator and aviation technology provider, will invest a total of $27.2 million to expand its headquarters in the City of Virginia Beach and establish a testing, training, and R&D center at Richard Bland College in Dinwiddie County. Virginia successfully competed with Arizona, ...
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EV Tax Credit Changes Ahead

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Act; amends the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit (, now known as the Clean Vehicle Credit, and adds a new requirement for final assembly in North America that takes effect on August 16, 2022. Beginning January 1, 2023, new amendments to the Clean Vehicle Credit will go into effect, including domestic critical mineral and battery component extraction and manufacturing requirements, manufacturer suggested retail price restrictions, and income restrictions. Please note that ...

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Clean Energy Events in Fall

Fall is the season for clean energy! September kicks off National Drive Electric Week, which hosts events nationwide to raise awareness about the benefits of driving electric, and several of these events are happening in Virginia. 

The first of Virginia’s Drive Electric events is the Electric Vehicle Fall Festival in Thornburg, VA. On September 18, 2022, car owners considering an EV will be able to browse a selection of electric vehicles at the car show, test drive these vehicles on a ...

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2024 Chevy Blazer EV Police Pursuit Vehicle

Last month the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV made its official debut. Chevy is not only offering these vehicles to civilian buyers, but law enforcement as well with the later release of the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) model.

The 2024 Chevy Blazer EV PPV is the first pursuit-rated all-electric Chevy vehicle ever produced, and is ...

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U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Input for Thriving Communities Initiative

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be launching its Thriving Communities Initiative this fall. The initiative seeks to provide technical assistance and hands-on planning support for transformative infrastructure projects that will serve disadvantaged communities. To guide this work, the DOT has released a Request For Information (RFI) and is currently seeking input from disadvantaged communities to gain ...

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Fleet Electrification Reports

Drive Electric Virginia is a collaborative initiative led by Virginia Clean Cities and partnering organizations. This shared effort engages individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and other stakeholders toward removing EV adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in EV use in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In order to accomplish this goal, project leaders and implementers will educate consumers, utilities, ...

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