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New features for 2008

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Robert C. Powell III


Welcome to a new year and a new look for Virginia Business. The magazine has been redesigned for 2008, adding new features and putting some new touches on existing features.

For example, you will find that we have combined two longstanding departments, Around the Old Dominion and For the Record, to create six regional pages that will follow developments in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Southwest Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and Southern Virginia. We invite you to contribute news about your company to these pages.

We also have added a feature called Global View/Local View. These pages will take a close look at the attractions and local economy of a Virginia city or town while exploring its connection to the global economy through trade and ties with international companies. Our first set of features looks at the revitalization of Portsmouth’s waterfront and its links to Bologna, Italy, through the U.S. subsidiary of an international coffee company.

You also will notice that our Executive Lifestyles section, formerly called Options, has changed. The new section will examine a rotation of three themes: executives at home; wine and dine; and executives outdoors. Our first installment tours the customized home kitchen of a Richmond restaurant owner.

Also new are a statewide calendar of business events and an index page listing people and companies mentioned in the magazine.  These are designed to highlight business events around the state and make it easier to find specific news items in our pages. In addition, the grade of paper used in the magazine has been improved, making the pages brighter and photos more vivid.

While we are making some changes, we are still committed to the in-depth coverage you expect from Virginia Business. In our January cover story, Special Projects Editor Jessica Sabbath examines the new influence gained by Northern Virginia in the Virginia General Assembly. The story includes excerpts of an interview with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and a roundtable discussion with some of Virginia’s most insightful political observers. More detailed video reports on both can be found on our Web site, http://www.VirginiaBusiness.com

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We’re starting the new year by trying new ideas. You can help by giving us your feedback. Write me at rpowell@va-business.com or at 333 E. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23219.


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