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May 20, 2012

Soundboard 5-18-2012 - Charlottesville's news straight from the source

Soundboard

Soundboard: Charlottesville's news straight from the source

A collaborative local news radio program by WTJU 91.1 FM, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and C-Ville Weekly.

Each Friday from 4-5 PM, tune in to hear area journalists and guests discuss local news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area. Whether we're talking about city politics, scientific innovations, or the local music scene, you'll get to hear in-depth discussion about stories that matter.

Soundboard is co-hosted by WTJU's Lewis Reining and Charlottesville Tomorrow's Jennifer Marley.

Podcasts may be downloaded from this website, via RSS, and via Charlottesville Tomorrow on iTunes.

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The May 18 show features contributors Graelyn Brashear & Laura Ingles (from C-Ville Weekly) and Sean Tubbs (Charlottesville Tomorrow) discussing: 

 

Soundboard is produced by Robert Packard and Nathan Moore. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to your feedback!

 
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May 14, 2012

Soundboard 5-11-2012 - Charlottesville's news straight from the source

Soundboard

Soundboard: Charlottesville's news straight from the source

A collaborative local news radio program by WTJU 91.1 FM, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and C-Ville Weekly.

Each Friday from 4-5 PM, tune in to hear area journalists and guests discuss local news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area. Whether we're talking about city politics, scientific innovations, or the local music scene, you'll get to hear in-depth discussion about stories that matter.

Soundboard is co-hosted by WTJU's Lewis Reining and Charlottesville Tomorrow's Jennifer Marley.

Podcasts may be downloaded from this website, via RSS, and via Charlottesville Tomorrow on iTunes.

Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20120511-Soundboard 

The May 11 show features contributors Graelyn Brashear & Laura Ingles (from C-Ville Weekly) and Sean Tubbs (Charlottesville Tomorrow) discussing: 

  • Bids opened for U.S. 29 Western Bypass
  • City agrees to sell land near Oakwood Cemetery for affordable housing project
  • A look at the local biotechnology sector
  • guest Dorrie Fontaine, Dean of the UVA School of Nursing
  • guest Michele Claibourn, a researcher with UVa's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service on her report "Blacks in Virginia"
  • Charlottesville City Council supports legalization of marijuana

Soundboard is produced by Robert Packard and Nathan Moore. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to your feedback!

 
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May 13, 2012

Panel discusses women and diversity in local politics

DailyProgressBy Courtney Beale
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cupcakes and political anecdotes were shared recently when a panel of women involved in local government spoke about their experiences in politics.

Charlottesville Tomorrow, the Junior League and the League of Women Voters sponsored Wednesday’s event, which was held at the Cat Thrasher Photography studio and the Sweethaus bakery.

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Andrea Copeland & Colette Blount

Andrea D. Copeland of Positive Channels moderated the conversation, which centered on how women can become involved in the political process and the obstacles they may face.


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Former Charlottesville Mayor Nancy K. O’Brien, city School Board member Colette Blount and Sally H. Thomas, former chairwoman of Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors explained their personal reasons for becoming active in local politics.

“The impetus for me was that I cared about something,” O’Brien said. “I cared about something in the community and after caring, I thought I could do something about that better than some of the other people.”

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May 12, 2012

Locavore expo puts spotlight on area’s local farmers and food innovators

DailyProgressBy Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Charlottesville City Market was bigger than ever Saturday morning — literally. As part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the market area was expanded for a Locavore Expo to celebrate and educate the community about local food.

Expo organizer Natasha Sienitsky, a member of the Charlottesville Planning Commission, said local food complimented the festival’s innovation program.

“I think it’s a natural fit for the innovation series because it’s an area that our community has been particularly innovative in,” said Sienitsky. “It’s something there is clearly passion for in the community.”

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Locavore Expo organizer Natasha Sienitsky


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While parents made their market purchases, Sienitsky made sure the more youthful locavores had learning opportunities too.

“We had seed ball making for kids, and we did veggie prints with them,” Sienitsky said. “The whole idea is that by getting kids excited and engaged about food, and seeds and planting and harvesting, that will create the next generation of consumers who feel passionately about local food.”

Sienitsky and her husband Oliver Platts-Mills, who co-founded the Tom Tom festival with Paul Beyer, hosted a panel discussion on local foods inside the South Street Brewery.

Representatives from Albemarle County, the Local Food Hub, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, and the Piedmont Environmental Council talked about their work. They described a wide variety and scale of local food initiatives in the community.

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May 11, 2012

Leaders say unique qualities of Charlottesville-Albemarle make it a special place for start-up companies

DailyProgressBy Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Friday, May 11, 2012

As one of almost 60 bands in the Tom Tom Founders Festival was setting up its equipment on the stage at The Haven, Oliver Platts-Mills was busy getting the ironing board in place for the pre-concert activities.

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Oliver Platts-Mills poses a question to Albemarle Supervisor Ann H. Mallek

The improvised green ironing board table and stuffed animal buffalo mascot have become fixtures of the festival’s panel discussions on innovation.

“The idea behind this series is to look at the ongoing innovation in Charlottesville and the future of innovation in Charlottesville,” said Platts-Mills, a Tom Tom co-founder. “When we talk about ‘place-based innovation,’ we are specifically talking about how Charlottesville as a place affects the type of innovation that’s happening.”

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The month-long series of panel discussions wrapped up Friday evening with an inside look at local startup Relay Foods and a keynote presentation by the chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, representatives from the University of Virginia and Virginia’s secretary of commerce.

“I would generally describe the efforts of Albemarle County as [being in] the quality of life business,” said Albemarle board Chairwoman Ann H. Mallek. “We know that we need economic vitality and opportunity all across the board for citizens of all skill levels, and we need to find ways to preserve and conserve our rural areas.”

UVa’s vice president for research, Tom Skalak, described how the university is trying very hard to increase knowledge sharing and dissemination with the local community.

“We are doing a number of things to make the university much more outward-facing,” Skalak said.

“There’s been a real effort in recent years to improve the whole ecosystem,” added Philippe L. Sommer, director of entrepreneurship programs at UVa’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. “It’s not just about what is going on at UVa, or Darden, it’s about what’s going on in the whole community and trying to make that interface much more dynamic.”

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Virginia Beach firm submits lowest bid for Western Bypass

DailyProgressBy Sean Tubbs
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Friday, May 11, 2012

The Virginia Department of Transportation says one of the seven bids from firms seeking to design and build the 6.2-mile Western Bypass of U.S. 29 through Albemarle County appears to be within the budget set aside by Virginia’s transportation policy board.
 
However, supporters and opponents of the road were still in disagreement at the end of the day Friday as they sought to understand VDOT's cost calculations. 
Virginia Beach-based Skanska Branch submitted the lowest bid with a proposal of $136 million. The highest bidder provided an estimate of $214 million. The bids were opened in Richmond on Friday.
 
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The prices were opened in a conference room in VDOT's Richmond headquarters
“VDOT will conduct responsiveness checks of these proposals and the required information, and contingent on the results of that review, VDOT will proceed with the notice of intent to award,” said Jeff Hetzer of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Alternative Project Delivery office.
 
The total project budget for the bypass is $244.5 million, including money already spent for preliminary engineering and right of way purchase.
 
The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted 12-1 in July to allocate an additional $197.4 million for the bypass. Of that amount, $7.4 million was designated for more engineering and $118.2 million was set aside for construction.
 
That adds up to $125.6 million, or $10 million less than the Skanska bid.
However, VDOT officials said that the low bids were all within range of the amount allocated by the CTB.
“Based on the apparent low bids all project costs are within the allocated amount in the Six-Year Improvement Program,” said Lou Hatter, spokesman for VDOT’s Culpeper District.
"The design-build process combines preliminary engineering and construction, which totals $139 million," Hatter said, combining $118.2 million for construction and $20.8 for preliminary engineering. 
However, that assumes VDOT has not yet spent ay money on preliminary engineering, which includes field surveys, utility location and public hearings. An internal VDOT cost estimate shows the agency had $9.3 million in preliminary expenditures through June 17, 2011. 
The CTB also designated $71.7 million to complete the purchase of right of way and easements. So far, 83 of 122 target parcels along the route have been purchased at a cost of $33.7 million.
 
“It does appear that these bids are over budget,” said Trip Pollard, director of the land and community program at the Southern Environmental  Law Center. “However, due to the lack of information provided by VDOT, it is not totally clear that this is the case since it could be that other money is available in addition to the amount the CTB specifically set aside last summer.”

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May 08, 2012

Placemaking: A Blueprint for our Future

 

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On April 26, Charlottesville Tomorrow held its annual community conversation. This year’s topic was “Placemaking: A Blueprint for our Future.” Over 130 community members turned out to hear Dr. Katherine Loflin present her findings from the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community project on how attachment to place drives a community’s economic vitality – and how understanding those attachments can direct the ways in which we as a community choose to change and grow.

The top-4 attachment factors (full study):

  1. Social offerings
  2. Openess
  3. Aesthetics
  4. Education

If you weren't able to attend, here's a little background: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup recognized that there had long been a connection between employee satisfaction and business productivity, and they wondered if the same could be applied to communities. So they set out to see if there was any connection between people’s general feelings of satisfaction about where they lived and the overall productivity and economic health of a community.

The resulting study of 26 communities, called the Soul of the Community, ended up drawing clear parallels between what they call “attachment drivers” and the growth of a local economy. Purposefully emphasizing those drivers in community-wide decision making and keeping place central to decisionmaking is what they call placemaking. Download the latest results from the project here.

At Charlottesville Tomorrow, we view ourselves as conveners of a conversation. We want you to get involved and make an informed choice. We think clearly understanding what makes our community special in a way that acts as a context for the decisions we make about how we change and grow is important; to that end, over the next few weeks we'll be bringing you commentary from people who attended the event and want to share their thoughts on Placemaking in this community.

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Dr. Katherine Loflin present her findings from the
Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community project
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Paul Beyer, and Andrea Douglas, responded 

Photo credits: Rich Tarbell

This event was made possible by the generous support of the
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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TIMELINE FOR AUDIO & VIDEO

  • 00:01:07 - Introduction by Michael Bills, Chairman, Charlottesville Tomorrow Board of Directors
  • 00:05:20 - Presentation by Dr. Katherine Loflin
  • 01:01:00 - Panel introductions and discussion
  • 01:24:22 - Audience questions

 


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May 04, 2012

City catering business wins top prize at innovation pitch night

DailyProgressBy Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Friday, May 4, 2012

In an evening full of new ideas, more than 100 people cast their votes and Sandra Carter and her Sixth Street Mini Mart Catering business were named the winner of the first Tom Tom Founders Festival’s “crowd sourced pitch night.”

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Sandra Carter gets the good news about winning the $1,000 prize

“I am on a crusade to resurrect my sister’s catering business to see her dream manifested into an establishment that is loved, respected and appreciated among generations to come,” Carter told the audience at the Thursday event. “My sister Denise was an amazing woman who was loved by so many people for her heart and food.”


 

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Carter’s store, at the intersection of Sixth Street Southeast and Montrose Avenue, sits on the border of the city’s Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods.

Audience members paid a $10 entry fee and 10 teams had four minutes each to make a pitch for why their idea deserved the $1,000 grand prize.

Entries included a variety of innovative projects such as a smart phone application to find taxis, a nonprofit giving platform utilizing personal investment accounts, and a team of University of Virginia students launching a “micro-volunteering” resource platform.

Carter said winning the prize money would help her family buy new equipment for catering and take care of some legal work necessary for the business.

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May 03, 2012

Biotech leaders say their industry is primed for growth around university

DailyProgressBy Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Thursday, May 3, 2012

On one side of town, advocates for limiting local population growth told the Albemarle supervisors a new study recommending industries targeted for economic growth was flawed. In part, they said, because new businesses would seek to retain in the community students graduating from the University of Virginia.

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Graham Anthony, CFO of Biovista

Later that evening in the city of Charlottesville, a mix of local officials, investors, innovators and start-up incubators gathered to talk about the work that’s already happening to grow the area’s biotech sector.


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A panel of speakers assembled Wednesday as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s innovation series said they need students to stay in the area after graduating and that biotech is growth that’s good for the community.

In the audience of about 40 people, City Councilor Kathy M. Galvin challenged the crowd to work toward getting local government and the community to “embrace the idea of growth” to address “entrenched poverty.”

“I think when we no longer have 18 percent unemployment among our 18- to 30-year-old population in the city, when we no longer have over 50 percent of our children on the free and reduced[-price] lunch program in the city, [then] I think we can be very comfortable and say we don’t need to worry about growth and economic vitality,” Galvin said.

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April 28, 2012

Soundboard 4-27-2012 - Charlottesville's news straight from the source

Soundboard

Soundboard: Charlottesville's news straight from the source

A collaborative local news radio program by WTJU 91.1 FM, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and C-Ville Weekly.

Each Friday from 4-5 PM, tune in to hear area journalists and guests discuss local news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area. Whether we're talking about city politics, scientific innovations, or the local music scene, you'll get to hear in-depth discussion about stories that matter.

Soundboard is co-hosted by WTJU's Lewis Reining and Charlottesville Tomorrow's Jennifer Marley.

Podcasts may be downloaded from this website, via RSS, and via Charlottesville Tomorrow on iTunes.

Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20120427-Soundboard

The April 27 show features contributors Giles Morris, Graelyn Brashear & Laura Ingles (from C-Ville Weekly) and Sean Tubbs   (Charlottesville Tomorrow) discussing: 

  • guest Elizabeth “Bitsy” Waters for Arbor Day festivities
  • the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s new executive director
  • the debate over mining uranium in Virginia
  • guest Katherine Loflin on placemaking, the topic of Charlottesville Tomorrow's 2012 annaul event held April 26
  • Love lawsuit and George Huguely trial
  • lawsuit against the Meadow Creek Parkway interchange
  • and a recap of the Dining Out for Life event for the AIDS/HIV Service Group

Soundboard is produced by Susan Gravatt and Nathan Moore. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to your feedback!

 
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