With early voting starting the next day, Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin came out swinging in their Sept. 16 first debate, sniping over issues ranging from coronavirus vaccine mandates to abortion in what The Washington Post described as a “bare-knuckled” sparring match at the Appalachian School of Law. Democratic former Gov. McAuliffe
Desperate employers, wary workers and big incentives
At Dough Boy’s Pizza, summer typically brings a steady stream of job applicants seeking work at one of the restaurant’s three locations on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. But “this year, it’s next to nothing,” says owner George Kotarides. For Kotarides and other restaurant owners, a season that had been anticipated as the triumphant closing act
The 2021-22 Power List
Who are Virginia’s most powerful and influential leaders in business, government, politics and education this year? Find out in the second annual edition of the Virginia 500: The 2021 Power List. Read more about the power list from our publisher and how we assembled the Virginia 500 from our editor. Executives are listed in alphabetical order by
Did this document put big business in the political driver’s seat?
The Powell Memorandum has been praised and vilified, denounced as a blueprint for business to seize control of American life, and embraced as a way to protect liberty and free enterprise. Whether because of its lasting influence or alarming prescience, the Powell Memorandum has become one of the most important single documents in understanding the
30 women leaders who stand out in Virginia’s corporate world
The COVID-19 pandemic has been unusually difficult for professional women, especially those with young children or other responsibilities, such as caring for older family members. Many had to leave work entirely or put pursuing their career goals on the back burner during the past year while handling personal duties at home. The pandemic’s future impact
Year of pandemic and civil strife also saw transformative giving
The past year or so in America has often seemed a dark time, with headlines dominated by COVID-19, the tumult surrounding social justice issues and our deeply politically divided nation. Yet, it also has been a time of breathtaking generosity, as uber-wealthy philanthropists and well-heeled corporations have opened their wallets to fund groundbreaking initiatives, especially
MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor preaches the bitcoin gospel. Will his $2.2 billion gambit reap a heavenly reward?
When Michael Saylor was a younger man, his good looks and cocky attitude drew comparisons to Tom Cruise. And like Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, Cruise’s flying ace of “Top Gun” fame, Saylor is returning to screens everywhere after a decades long hiatus. Just over 20 years ago, Saylor was Northern Virginia’s premier hotshot tech exec.
U.S.-China tensions still impact Va. economy
While President Joe Biden will likely strike a more diplomatic tone with China than his predecessor, economists and other observers believe the United States’ rocky trade relationship with its biggest economic rival will remain contentious — which will impact Virginia’s economy. Under former President Donald Trump, the U.S. and China were immersed in a grueling
These proven business leaders are still going strong
What keeps a person working at an age when most of us are happy to let others take care of business? These overachieving Virginians, all over age 80, have remained hard at work mostly for one or more of three reasons. The first is being able to continue work with family. Retirement is rarely mandatory
After the pandemic, what will Virginia’s economic recovery look like?
It’s been a year since Virginia recorded its first COVID-19 case, and nearly all of us have embraced new ways of living — and working. But with each passing day, a return to some semblance of normalcy feels closer to our reach. Even in the face of emerging coronavirus variants, there’s reason to be hopeful