Southwest Virginia—For the Record

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Advance Auto Parts Inc., a Roanoke-based retailer of automotive supplies, reached agreement with Federal-Mogul Corp. to add its MODG Chassis Parts and Wagner Brake Parts products to Advance’s merchandise line. (News release)

Covington became the first city in Virginia to offer the QAlert service to its residents through a new Web site redesigned in cooperation with the state. The QAlert service will allow city residents to submit requests for service or complaints directly to the city through a Web-based interface, which will be tracked by city staff. (Business Wire)

Draper Aden Associates, a Blacksburg-based engineering firm, was named among the Top 500 Design Firms in the Nation by Engineering News Record. This is the fifth time the firm has been made the list. (News release)

Intrexon Corp., a life sciences company based in Blacksburg, received $25 million in Series C-2 funding from New River Management V LP, a private investment fund managed by Third Security LLC. This brings total investment in Intrexon from Third Security deals to $56 million. The company will expand its research and development in diseases research and industrial applications. (Business Wire)

Virginia Economic Bridge Inc., a facilitator of economic relationships between Southwest Virginia and Northern Virginia, will participate in a network of groups from different sectors to identify and prioritize policy issues affecting rural communities across the country. The work, backed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, includes a five-year, $100,000 grant. (News release)

The Virginia Local Government Management Association is partnering with Virginia Tech to create a master’s level program, the Local Government Management Certificate, which will prepare students for government service as well as aid existing local government employees who aspire to management positions on the local level. The first courses are scheduled to being in fall 2008. (News release)

Virginia Tech has established a partnership to work with Pratt and Whitney Inc. of Connecticut on research and development for state-of-the-air gas turbine systems in commercial, military and emerging technology applications. The company, which designs and manufactures aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines, is also partnering with Georgia Tech and Penn State. (News release)

Virginia Tech received the Award of Excellence in Procurement at the annual meeting of the National Association of Educational Procurement for its HokieMart system. The system allows researchers and faculty members to compare prices online for goods and services and automatically routes purchase orders to the proper approvals. (News release)

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