For the Record : Hampton Roads, July 2010

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The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business was ranked 25th in the nation among undergraduate business programs by Bloomberg Businessweek. Last year the college was ranked 30th. (The Daily Press)

The Founders Inn and Spa of Virginia Beach was named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select List, an annual listing of the best individual hotels in the global marketplace. (News release)

Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute received $7.9 million from the Naval Health Research Center for equipment, research and staff. Expected to open in August, the center will use proton therapy in the treatment of a variety of cancers. (Virginian-Pilot)

Real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle has opened a Hampton Roads office in Virginia Beach. It will be headed by Gregg Christoffersen, who will focus on landlord and tenant broker services.
(News release)

Langley Air Force Base will receive 596 new personnel as a result of restructuring within the Air Force and a need for greater intelligence and surveillance services. Most of the new personnel will be civilian employees.
(The Daily Press)

Orion Air Group of Yorktown will consolidate its operations in Newport News, saving 57 jobs in York County and creating 51 new jobs in Newport News. Orion is an operator of business aircraft for government and commercial customers. (News release)

Norfolk Southern Corp. won the gold award in the E.H. Harriman Awards for the best employee-safety record among large line-haul railroads. This is the 21st year in a row Norfolk Southern has taken top honors. (Virginian-Pilot)

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working on a new 35,000-square-foot fish processing plant and office complex in Melfa. The investment is intended to encourage the fishing industry on the Eastern Shore. (Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia Beach received the highest possible rating from all three major ratings agencies. The city will save about $500,000 over the life of $60 million in general obligation bonds it recently issued. The city also terminated a deal with a group of major league baseball players with ties to Hampton Roads to build a baseball clinic and sports therapy center. The sour economy and concerns over growth potential sank the concept. Virginia Beach retains the land it was going to donate, as well as a $30,000 deposit. (Virginian-Pilot)


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