GE to add 200 jobs in Innsbrook

GE officials announced today that the company will open an information security technology center in Innsbrook that ultimately will employ about 200 people. Jobs are expected to focus on cyber security, network design, architecture, data management and application development.
 
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Henrico County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Eric Cantor also assisted with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

“GE’s decision to set up their new cyber security center here says much about Henrico’s quality labor force and our pro-business climate,” said Frank J. Thornton, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “This project was a real team effort, and we appreciate the solid work on this project by the Greater Richmond Partnership and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership along with our higher education institutions and our local Economic Development Authority. We welcome General Electric to Henrico County.”

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said the announcement was another testament to Virginia's business climate.

"In addition to the advantage of an available high-tech workforce, GE will benefit from a partnership with our world-class colleges and universities," McDonnell said. "The commonwealth’s outstanding institutions of higher education are committed to helping the company grow and succeed in the commonwealth, and look forward to collaborating on cybersecurity interests.”
 
“On behalf of the administration, which was involved throughout GE’s search process, we warmly welcome this global company to Henrico County,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “GE is creating 200 new jobs that pay on average two times more than the prevailing wage for the region. This is truly a great win for Virginia and for the locality.”
 
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

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The Henrico Branch of the NAACP will sponsor “Substance Abuse: A Way Out” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2705 Harman St. The program agenda includes an overview on substance abuse, prevention, HIV, information about the Virginia Recovery Foundation, a legislative update on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s response to the opioid crisis, and more. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call Marcus Randolph at 273-9900. Full text

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