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"Virginia snags No. 1 spot on “most pro-business” states list"

Pollina Corporate has named Virginia “America’s most pro-business state” for the second year in a row.

Virginia has also held the top spot on the list in 2003. Each year, Pollina ranks states based on 31 factors that can be controlled by state governments, including taxes, education, right-to-work laws, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and economic development efforts.

http://www.virginiab...es-list/275385/

http://www.pollina.com/publications/probiz~1.htm

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Virginia Tech and General Motors Co. have announced the creation of a tire research center in Southside Virginia.

The National Tire Research Center, an advanced tire research and test facility, has been established and will be located next to Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County, according to a news release from Virginia Tech.

The center is expected to create up to 183 new jobs by 2020 and generate more than $12 million in testing and research expenditures within five years.

http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2010/aug/05/tire-research-center-coming-halifax-county-ar-415224/

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Virginia is open for business, in case you didn’t know. The Virginia Department of Transportation just spent $17,000 getting that message out by installing the small signs that read “Virginia: Open for Business” beneath the 17 larger welcome signs around the state. This one is the sign near Richmond International Airport.

Gov. McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Thornley told the Washington Post’s Anita Kumar, “These signs are a small, but creative, way of continuing to get that positive message out and helping to bring new employers and new jobs to every corner of the Commonwealth.”

You can read more on Kumar’s blog here.

So what do you think, is it worth it?

Looks a little desperate to me

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http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2010/08/19/va-now-open-for-biz-but-short-17k/

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So what do you think, is it worth it?

Looks a little desperate to me

I think it's better than the Obama administration putting up signs that say that this project is being funded with our taxpayer dollars through the "Stimulus." The government paid (through taxpayer dollars) $5 million for those signs to say that "Hey look! We're spending your taxpayer dollars not only on this project, but on this enormous sign too!" These signs literally advertise they''re spending stimulus money. What Virginia is doing is trying to attract businesses to the state. It's not how I would spend the money and I think there are better uses for tax dollars, however.

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Microsoft Corp will put its latest generational data center in Mecklinburg County. The investment is just short of $500 million and will initially employ about 50 people.

Mecklinburg County is near the North Carolina border near South Hill.

From breaking news at the Richmond Times Dispatch:

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/aug/27/datacentergater-ar-476140/

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