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Virginia’s International Trade,

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

This website is aimed at business leaders, but it offers useful information for anyone interested in Virginia’s economy and the rest of the world. The Fast Facts section is particularly useful, with relevant articles such as “Federal vs. State Trade Policy.” There are also profiles of Virginia’s trade with countries such as China, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Did you know that more than 2,600 U.S. companies have business operations in Mexico? Find out more at this website.

Virginia Economy at a Glance,

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This website offers current information on what’s happening with Virginia’s economy. Don’t let the numbers intimidate you! These statistics can provide a lot of information about everything from the unemployment rate in Virginia to the economy of education. There is also more detailed information about urban centers in Virginia. Using this website requires a little extra work to see what all the numbers mean, but the information is well worth it.

Teen Business Link,

U.S. Small Business Administration

This government-run website is aimed at helping teens create their own small business. Teen Business Link covers everything from brainstorming ideas for a business to legal problems small business owners might face. Have you ever thought about what kind of business you might like to start? It’s also a step in the direction of understanding what issues small businesses (and even large ones) have to deal with every day.

VRA to Invest More Than $200 Million in Local Projects Statewide ,

Rod Davis and Liz Bryant

The Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) is a state organization that helps fund local government projects, such as infrastructure, public health and safety projects, and public schools. This document describes the VRA and some projects it has funded.…

Virginia Energy Plan,

Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

Part of the process of government is figuring out how to turn policy into a practical plan. For example, Governor Kaine and other state officials hope to implement a clean, affordable energy policy in Virginia. What steps can they take to do this?…

Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Coal is predominently found in Virginia's mountain regions, particularly in Southwestern Virginia. Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal…

Distribution of Coal Areas in Virginia,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal mining and the carbon emissions from burning coal, others point out that coal may be cheaper than many…

Wise Up Dominion! Mining Protest,

Joshua Kahn Russell

The photo documentation and first person narrative describe a protest in Wise County, Virginia against mining corporations and Dominion Power. This coalition of citizens consists of a local interest group working to change both public policy and an…