Friday, January 27, 2023

Government & Business

Hampton City Council Approves Red Light Camera Proposal

HAMPTON—At its Wednesday, January 25 meeting, Hampton City Council voted on an ordinance to amend and re-enact city codes in order to authorize traffic light signal photo-monitoring systems, also known as red light cameras. Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting stated that the ordinance would allow city staff to implement...

Williamsburg Planning Commission Weighs In On City’s Capital Improvement Budget

WILLIAMSBURG-Running a city is expensive. Buildings require new roofs and gutters. Sidewalks have to be repaired.  City parks should have wifi. The bulbs in street lights don’t last forever. Neither do computers or the software that goes with them.  HVAC systems and elevators groan with age, demanding replacement. It’s...

Bill Provides Tax Credit To Restaurants For Recycling Oyster Shells

Restaurants and other businesses that recycle oyster shells to help restore oyster populations and the overall health of aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay could receive a tax credit under legislation that recently passed a Virginia Senate committee. If written into law, the bill would provide tax credits of...

Virginia Peninsula Chamber Holds “Meet The Mayor” Event

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce invited members of the business community to meet Phillip Jones, the newly elected mayor of Newport News, on Tuesday, January 24. The event was held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, which is located at 740 Town Center Dr. Prior to...

Williamsburg’s Mace Bearer Handles Most Precious of Metals

WILLIAMSBURG – Most of Erik Goldstein’s work is scholarly – giving lectures or writing about the precious antique metal artifacts and coins in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection as a member of the curatorial staff. But since becoming (interim) Curator of Metals last year, he is also now the public face of...

Public Input Spurring Williamsburg’s Projects For 2023

WILLIAMSBURG – Every two years, the City of Williamsburg compiles a strategic plan. When working on the 2023-24 version, it was important, said city manager Andrew Trivette, to hear from as many residents as possible. “Our public input process had grown pretty stale,” he said. The most recent meetings seeking public...

Hampton Planning Commission Approves Plans For New Housing Development And Yacht Club

HAMPTON—The Hampton Planning Commission heard two separate proposals during a public hearing at its meeting on Thursday, January 19. The first was a rezoning application and use permit submitted by Olde Hampton Village Developers, LLC to rezone 16 properties totaling slightly more than 22 acres at the intersections of LaSalle...

Amazon Web Services Plans To Establish Additional Data Center Campuses In Virginia

RICHMOND-On January 20, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company, will invest $35 billion by 2040 to establish more data center campuses across the commonwealth. Many locations in Virginia are being considered for these new campuses and will be announced at a later...

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