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August 14, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

New plan in Virginia for skilled jobs, speedier employment for veterans

WORKFORCE
Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has announced a job training plan that will better prepare workers for more skilled jobs and allow for the faster employment of military veterans. The plan is known as the “New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.” (WaPo, 8/13)

McAuliffe (D), who likes to call himself the state’s “chief jobs creation officer,” set a goal of graduating 50,000 Virginians from training programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health fields — known as STEM-H — by the time he leaves office at the end of 2017.

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Turning to the state’s military population, McAuliffe promised to double the number of veterans hired through the state’s Virginia Values Veterans program, and said he will ask 10,000 businesses to sign pledges to hire veterans.

HEALTH/FOOD │ Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future and the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a fact sheet titled “Hospitals and Healthy Food: How Health Care Institutions Can Improve Community Food Environments,” which focuses on a new Farm Bill program and how it could help hospitals and community groups partner up in the prevention of chronic illness. (USCUSA, 8/5)

CSR │ Michael N. Harreld, Regional President of PNC Bank, discusses PNC’s strong commitment to sustainable business practices in this exclusive guest blog post. (Daily, 8/14)

COMMUNITY
– The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) celebrates the Hill-Snowdon Foundation – recipient of the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Small/Midsize Foundation – and reflects on why they were so deserving of the honor. (NCRP, 8/11)

– Perhaps you’ve logged into Facebook lately only to find videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves in what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge?” The challenge is actually a viral stunt to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Senior executives at Booz Allen Hamilton recently joined in – while wearing their business suits! (WBJ, 8/13)

PHILANTHROPY │ Exponent Philanthropy takes a look at what it means to “fund with intentionality” in this blog post. (Exponent Philanthropy, 8/14)

SIBs │ First Social Impact Bond Fails to Meet Halfway Mark Performance Target (NPQ, 8/13)

REGION/HOUSING
– Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority recently announced they were open to development opportunities near the Capital Heights, College Park and Huntington stations. Surprisingly, just two proposals were submitted for the three sites, which were for residential projects. (WBJ, 8/13)

In Housing Trends, Arlington’s in the 1920s, Greenbelt the ’30s, Reston the ’60s, and D.C. the 2010s (WCP, 8/13)


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-Ciara

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