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Access Advertising & Public Relations, a Roanoke advertising agency, will provide graphic design, marketing and interactive services to Inorganic Ventures, a Christiansburg manufacturer of custom certified reference materials for ICP, atomic absorption, wet chemistry and other applications. (News release)

American Infrastructure - VA Inc., of Glen Allen, received a $20.4 million contract from Virginia to perform work to improve the interchange of Interstate 581/Route 220 Expressway and Roanoke’s Elm Avenue. The work will involve expansion and widening of off-ramps to alleviate congestion. The work will begin in mid-2013 with anticipated completion in the summer of 2015. (News release)

Americast Inc. and Hanson Pipe & Precast LLC formed a joint venture, Concrete Pipe & Precast LLC. The company will manufacture and market concrete pipes and precast materials in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern markets. The company will have 14 manufacturing sites, including Roanoke, Salem and Harrisonburg. (The Roanoke Times)

Big R Bridge, a Greeley, Colo., manufacturer of metal structures, will invest $1.9 million to open an operation in Washington County for the manufacture of prefabricated bridge parts, creating 32 jobs over the next three years. Virginia competed against South Carolina for the investment. (News release)

Blacksburg APF Partners, a Florida limited liability company, bought the First & Main shopping center in Blacksburg for $11.8 million. The 24-acre site opened in 2008 as an upscale retail option but was dogged by a high vacancy rate. (The Roanoke Times)

Dominion Virginia Power, a Richmond energy company, put its Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center into operation. The $1.8 billion facility uses coal, waste coal and biomass to generate 585 megawatts of electricity. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The Glebe, a Botetourt County retirement community, received approval from a federal bankruptcy court for its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which it entered in June 2010. As part of the plan, The Glebe will receive more than $2 million in financing from the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation. (The Roanoke Times)

The Roanoke dental practice of Drs. Lynch, Dickey and Singleton will build an energy-efficient office based on passive house designs. Once certified, it will be the first dental office in the world built to those standards. The property was purchased for $425,000, and building costs are estimated to be $740,000. (The Roanoke Times)

Novozymes, a bio-innovation company, gave Radford University $50,000 toward construction of a laboratory in the school’s Center for the Sciences facility. The Novozymes Biology Lab will be used as a teaching center for introductory biology courses for undergraduates. (News release)

The University of Virginia College at Wise broke ground on an $8.3 million health and wellness center. The project was made possible through a donation by Richard and Leslie Gilliam, who have long been supporters of the college. (Bristol Herald Courier)

Virginia Tech is working toward establishing an undergraduate degree in real estate. Students currently have an option for a minor in real estate, but the university wants to begin offering it as a major in 2013. The coursework would be spread among a variety of programs already offered by Tech. (Washington Business Journal)

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has moved closer to receiving full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the governing body on M.D. degrees, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Receiving accreditation will make Carilion students eligible for student aid programs. (The Roanoke Times)

The Western Virginia Water Authority received a Platinum Excellence in Management Recognition award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. It was one of only four utilities in the country so honored. The Roanoke Regional Water Pollution Control Plant treated 13.4 billion gallons of wastewater while meeting over 7,000 compliance points. (The Roanoke Times)



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