For the Record:  Southwest Virginia

December 2010

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American Electric Power gave a $1 million gift to Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science in honor of Joseph H. Vipperman, who helped develop plans for the center. Vipperman, a Virginia Tech grad, is a retired executive vice president of AEP and also a former president of Appalachian Power. (News release)

New Horizons Healthcare, a Roanoke community health center, received a $10.6 million federal grant for a new facility. The new building will allow for more exam rooms, a dental clinic and more space for mental health services. Work on the facility will be finished in about two years. (The Roanoke Times)

The U.S. Army gave Virginia Tech a $17.2 million grant to study which programs and activities prompt an interest in science, technology and engineering in children from the fifth grade up. (News release)

The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute in Blacksburg received a $10.6 million grant to research how the human immune system responds to pathogens of the gut. Research will be geared toward finding drug targets suitable for treatments of a variety of illnesses, including diarrhea, gastric cancer and ulcers. (The News Leader)

Virginia Intermont College received a $1.4 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for the renovation of its science building. The college has raised more than $1 million in matching funds for the project, which will include upgrading classrooms and labs and improving energy efficiency. (Bristol Herald Courier)

Yokohama Tire Corp. will spend $13 million and add at least 50 jobs to expand tire-making at its factory in Salem. The Yokohama plant currently employs about 860 people, including about 695 members of United Steelworkers Local 1023. (The Roanoke Times)


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