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Saucy’s Sit-Down Recognized as One of the Top 25 New Restaurants in the State

December 30, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Petersburg

By Amir Vera, The Progress-Index PETERSBURG — Saucy’s Sit-down has been recognized as one of the top 25 new restaurants in the state by the Official Tourism Travel Blog of the Commonwealth of Virginia, part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Tom McCormack, owner of Saucy’s Sit-down and Walk-up, said the recognition is an honor because […]


New Hotel, Mixed-Use Development to Replace Old Ramada

December 23, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Petersburg

By Amir Vera, The Progress-Index PETERSBURG — The announcement on the future of the Fort Lee Regency hotel was finally made Tuesday morning. Christopher Harrison, developer and owner of C. A. Harrison Companies LLC, along with Lee Shadbolt with Commonwealth Architects announced the design of the new hotel and mixed-use development at the 380 E. […]


Petersburg Receives $60K Grant for Community Businesses

December 18, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Petersburg

By Amir Vera, The Progress Index PETERSBURG — The creation of new business in Old Towne has just received a helping hand. The city received a $60,000 Virginia Community Business Launch grant from the state Thursday that will help launch new businesses and expand existing businesses in Petersburg. Maurice Jones, state Secretary of Commerce and […]


New Candy Store Part of Effort to Revitalize Downtown Hopewell

December 14, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Hopewell

By Alex Trihias, The Progress-Index HOPEWELL — A new business will be opening up in Hopewell as a result of a renewed effort to revitalize the city's downtown area. Sweet Tooth Candy Shop, one of the four businesses awarded grant money to bring a new business to the downtown Hopewell area, will open its doors […]


Virginia State University Selects New President

Staff Reports, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University has selected a new president to lead the school as it copes with financial and academic woes. The school plans to introduce Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. as the university’s 14th president on Friday. Abdullah comes from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he served as […]


Chesterfield’s Tranlin Paper Mill Expects to Start Early Production in 2018

December 4, 2015 / Archived News/ Chesterfield County

By Markus Schmidt, Richmond Times-Dispatch Tranlin Inc.’s $2 billion paper plant in Chesterfield County, scheduled to be fully operational in 2020, will start partial production as early as 2018, a company official said Thursday. Unfinished paper will be shipped from China to be turned into finished products in Chesterfield, said John Stacey, senior vice president […]


Petersburg Property Set for $6M Apartment Rehab

December 1, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Petersburg

By Katie Demeria, Richmond BizSense A 115-year-old building has lured a Richmond developer south. Jordan Properties plans to embark on a $6 million project in Petersburg that includes converting a 50,000-square-foot property at 1131 Commerce St. into 62 one-bedroom apartments. Dave Jordan, the company’s president, said he has been interested in the project, dubbed Long […]


VSU Awarded Specialty Crop Grants

By Staff Reports, The Progress-Index ETTRICK — Virginia State University has been awarded specialty crop grants, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, for two projects. The two projects that are being funded include facilitating coriander and fenugreek production in Virginia and increasing yield of Virginia-grown hops. The main focus of the university project […]


SEC Adds Solar Power to Wholesale Energy Mix

Southside Electric Cooperative CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative’s wholesale energy provider, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), recently announced purchase agreements for two Virginia solar power projects in Northampton and Clarke counties. The projects include 20 megawatts (MW) from the Eastern Shore’s Northampton site and 10MW from Clarke in northwestern Virginia. The Glen Allen-based power-supply […]


Chesterfield Board Passes Bikeways, Trails Plan

November 19, 2015 / Archived News/ Chesterfield County

By Jim McConnell, Chesterfield Observer After more than two years of planning, countless community meetings and a 3 1/2-hour public hearing that stretched from Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, residents remained irrevocably split on a plan to create a countywide network of bikeways and mixed-use trails. By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors […]