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Cameron Foundation Gives $2M in Grants

By Staff Reports, The Progress-Index PETERSBURG — The Cameron Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to support 25 nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities. The $2,066,337 in grants, which stemmed from a competitive application process, were approved by the foundation’s board at its June meeting. A second round of responsive grants will be decided in […]


Port of Virginia Celebrates Arrival of First Neo-Panamax Ship

July 18, 2016 / Current News/ Regional News

By Nate Delesline III, The Virginian-Pilot Quipping the cargo vessel MOL Benefactor is “rightfully named,” Panama’s ambassador to the U.S. said the supersized ship and others like it are on course to deliver economic growth that extends beyond each port of call. The ambassador, Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla, was among the guests to gather at the Port […]


Va. Wins $165M Grant to Unlock “Atlantic Gateway” with Rail and Highway Improvements

July 18, 2016 / Current News/ Regional News

By Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia has won a $165 million federal grant to unlock what it calls the “Atlantic Gateway” to speed passenger rail, freight trains and highway vehicles through one of the most congested corridors on the East Coast. The FASTLANE grant will combine with $565 million in private investment by Transurban and […]


VGR Leadership & Partners Visit the Port of Virginia

In June, members of Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) board of directors and other partners gathered to attend an informational tour at the Port of Virginia. The tour offered the opportunity for VGR stakeholders to see the port in action, while learning more about the logistics advantages the Gateway Region’s close proximity offers. […]


Region Celebrates Opening of Two Breweries

The Gateway Region is already home to a long list of attractions and lifestyle amenities that attract visitors from all over the country. And this month, it added two more. In June, not one, but two breweries opened in the region, offering residents and tourists new hot spots to enjoy fresh, local beer and food. […]


Editorial: A Great Investment in Economic Development

The Progress-Index Virginia’s Gateway Region last month celebrated its 55th anniversary, but more importantly marked its success as the region’s economic development organization. For years, Virginia’s Gateway Region has attracted businesses to the region and also helped existing businesses expand. Virginia’s Gateway Region exists to enhance the economic development opportunities for the cities of Colonial […]


Fort Lee CEO of the Year Recognized

Contributed Report, The Progress-Index PRINCE GEORGE — Patsy Stuard, chief executive officer of Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Prince George County, was chosen CEO of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Stuard and other winners in NAFCU’s 2016 Annual Awards Competition will be honored during NAFCU’s 49th Annual […]


Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Prince George Draws Reporters from Around Globe

By Michael Buettner, The Progress-Index PRINCE GEORGE — The world is beating a path to the county's door. About two dozen journalists from eight countries across the globe recently gathered in Prince George for a tour of two facilities that are leading the way in advanced manufacturing, Rolls-Royce Crosspointe and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced […]


Local Business Executives Optimistic in Recent Survey

April 14, 2016 / Current News/ Regional News

By John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch Richmond-area business executives are as optimistic now about sales and hiring as they have been in about six years, according to a recent survey. A quarterly polling of 77 chief executive officers conducted jointly by the University of Richmond and the Virginia Council of CEOs showed that 72 percent […]


Regional Training Academy Establishes Foundation, to Host Inaugural Benefit

April 6, 2016 / Current News/ Regional News

The local regional training academy needs your help to continue training local law enforcement officers. The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy (CCJTA) has been preparing local police officers since 1975, but just recently started the Crater Training Academy Foundation (CTAF) to help secure needed funds. “While funding has been steadily going down, law enforcement responsibilities […]