Shenandoah Valley—For the Record

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Premier Technical Services Corp. will invest $16.5 million to open a data center in Page County. The Luray-based company will serve government and commercial clients through the facility, which will create 96 jobs. Virginia competed with Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the investment. (News release)

Shenandoah University trustees and others have contributed $1 million toward establishing a scholarship fund in the name of James A. Davis, outgoing president of the university. The fund will be used for scholarships and an endowment to serve the university. (The Winchester Star)

Shenandoah Waste Services LLC will invest $4 million in an expansion of its materials recycling operation in Page County, creating 60 jobs. The company produces recycled material for use as alternative energy fuel sources. Virginia competed with Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia for the project. (News release)

Winchester will seek proposals from economic development specialists to formulate a long-term economic strategy. Frederick County surpassed the city in retail sales for the first time in 2006, prompting the move. (The Winchester Star)

Virginia Military Institute in Lexington is one of eight colleges to receive grants from the Defense Department to expand its Arabic language programs. The $665,000 award will establish an Arabic study center at VMI and fund scholarships for study abroad. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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