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Amerigroup Corp., a Virginia Beach-based provider of coordinated services for public health programs, expanded its operations in Texas under a statewide bidding process. The company will expand into Lubbock and El Paso where it opened offices and hired 160 workers. (PRNewswire)

Canon Virginia, a Newport News manufacturer of cartridges for laser printers, will hire up to 500 workers over the next four years. Three assembly lines will be expanded to 10 during the next few years. (The Associated Press)

Clark Nexsen, a Norfolk architecture and engineering company, was ranked 33rd in the 2012 Almanac of Architecture & Design’s DesignIntelligence 333, which honors the top architecture and design firms in the country. (News release)

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation announced it would develop and publish a plan by the end of the year on improving economic competitiveness of the Hampton Roads region. The study is part of an effort by the foundation to move beyond its traditional philanthropic activities. (The Virginian-Pilot)

The QVC Inc. call center in Chesapeake will lay off 370 regular employees within the next year, as the home-shopping network takes more orders via electronic devices and fewer over the phone. QVC, the cable-television and online retailer based in West Chester, Pa., told employees in late March week about the layoffs, said Paul Capelli, a spokesman. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia Beach was rated the fourth-best beach destination in the country by the travel website TripAdvisor. Florida’s Saint Pete Beach was ranked first, followed by Miami Beach, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. In the top 25 destinations worldwide, Virginia Beach was rated 13th. (Inside Business)

Outdoor Garden Furniture, a Williamsburg e-tailer and distributor of residential and commercial furniture, moved its operation to a larger facility in order to accommodate an increase in staff and to provide enhanced customer service. (PRNewswire)

PlanIT Technology Group, a Virginia Beach technology company, changed its name to SLAIT Consulting, in order to better reflect the enhanced focus it has put on technical consulting and managed services. (Greater Richmond Technology Council)

NASA Langley Research Center awarded a five-year, $94 million contract to GenTech Partners, a joint venture between technology companies ManTech International Corp. (Fairfax) and Genex Systems LLC (Hampton). The work entails administrative, media and professional support services. (Business Wire)

Mermaid Winery, owned by Jennifer Doumar, will open in Norfolk as Virginia’s first urban winery. Plans call for buying grapes from Horton Vineyards in Orange County and once Mermaid receives permits from the state, producing three varieties of red wine. Mermaid will operate from a storefront in the Palace Station Shopping Center. (The Virginian-Pilot)


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