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The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Presents:

ChamberBits Volume IX, Number 49

December 8, 2011

“...dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.”

Chamber Headlines CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS 2011 PAUL GOODLOE MCINTIRE CITIZENSHIP AWARD TO MARTIN V. BURKS, III, BUSINESS & CIVIC LEADER, AT 98TH ANNUAL CHAMBER DINNER On November 30th, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce presented the Chamber’s prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award to Albemarle citizen Martin V. Burks, III, before an audience of more than 350 business and community leaders attending the 98th Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner held at the Boar’s Head Inn Pavilion. The 98th Annual Chamber Dinner was underwritten by CenturyLink, Hantzmon Wiebel, LLC and State Farm Insurance Companies. "Martin Burks has demonstrated a passionate, quiet service to our community, its businesses, civic organizations and citizens,” said W. Rod Gentry, of Regional Retail Executive for Union First Market Bank, Past Chairman (2010) of the Chamber Board of Directors and Chairman of the 2011 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Committee. “Mr. Burks’ leadership and determined approach to building a better community is inspirational and a model for others. We are honored by his service and we are honored to honor him tonight.” Martin V. Burks, III was born in Charlottesville, graduated from Lane High School, and has spent his lifetime serving his country and community. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond; a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and an Associate’s degree in Funeral Service from the John Tyler College. Mr. Burks served in the United States Army for 20 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Continued on Page 2—Martin Burks

VDOT BEGINS FINAL PREPARATIONS TO OPEN MEADOW CREEK PARKWAY Modifications will include lane restriping, installation and timing of traffic signals The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin the final work necessary to open the Meadow Creek Parkway to traffic after receiving a resolution from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors requesting that the road be opened. The necessary work includes installing the traffic signal heads at the Parkway’s southern terminus at Melbourne Road as well as installing and programming the traffic signal controllers. That work will be coordinated with the city of Charlottesville since the signals at that intersection will be operated by the city along with the signal at the intersection of Melbourne Road and East Rio Road/Park Street. Other improvements that will be made include restriping travel and turn lanes in several locations and modifications to the traffic signal timing to move traffic more efficiently. VDOT will evaluate concerns recently identified by the city and coordinate with the city staff on appropriate action. It is anticipated that all the modifications can be completed and the Parkway opened in less than a month. After the Parkway is open to traffic the temporary traffic signal at East Rio Road and Dunlora Drive will be removed. Construction of the Meadow Creek Parkway was completed on Oct. 13, one day ahead of the scheduled completion date.

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Chamber Headlines Martin Burks—Continued from Page 1 Mr. Burks and his wife Deborah Bell Burks, life-long residents of the community, successfully operate J. F. Bell Funeral Home in Charlottesville, which has served the community for 94 years. As a citizen leader Mr. Burks has served with numerous organizations. They include: the Dogwood Festival (Past President); the Paramount Theater (Board); University of Virginia 20/20 Advisory Board; University of Virginia Community Advisory Board; Jefferson School Partners (Past President); Jefferson School Foundation (current Chairman); 100 Black Men of Central Virginia (Fundraising Chairman); Charlottesville Fire Department EMS Advisory Committee; Albemarle Social Services Advisory Board; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (past “Basileus”); and, Inter-Fraternal Council of Charlottesville. Mr. Burks is a highly regarded citizen. An award nominator describes him as “a mover and shaker in Charlottesville and Albemarle.” Martin Burks “is a man of good standing, a great husband and father, dedicated to community service, trustworthy, a patriot, a genuine friend …” Mr. Burks and his wife Deborah Bell Burks have one son, Martin V. Burks, IV. They are active in their church, First Baptist on West Main Street in Charlottesville and reside in Albemarle County. The Chamber of Commerce established its prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the greater Charlottesville area. The Chamber award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens. A list of previous recipients is attached. The 2011 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Selection Committee included: Mr. Gentry as Committee Chairman; Suzanne Jessup Brooks, Vice President of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia, a 1994 Chamber McIntire Award recipient and Past Chairwoman of the Chamber Board (1998); Grace Carpenter, Davenport & Company, the 2006 Chamber McIntire Award recipient and Past Chairwoman of the Chamber Board (1982); Patricia Cluff, Associate Vice President of the University of Virginia Health System and First Vice Chairwoman of the Chamber Board; Dr. Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College; Robert Hodous, Payne & Hodous Attorneys, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors; Valerie Long, Williams Mullen Attorneys and Vice Chairwoman of the Chamber Board – Economic Vitality; Rydell Payne, Executive Director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries; Bryan Thomas, Executive, BB&T and Past Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors (2010); Delegate David Toscano; and, Timothy Hulbert, Chamber President and chief executive.

Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Recipients Martin V. Burks, III • 2011 Alvin R. Clements • 2010 John T. Casteen, III • 2009 Dan & Lou Jordan • 2008 Harold B. Wright • 2007 Grace H. Carpenter • 2006 Joseph W. Teague, Sr. • 2005 E. Marshall Pryor • 2004 Leonard Sandridge • 2003 William L. Howard • 2002 James S. Kennan • 2001 Paul H. Wood • 2000 Richard & Julia Nunley • 1999 Mary Ann Elwood • 1998 Mr. George & Ann Spence • 1997 Laurence Richardson• 1996 Guy Agnor • 1995 The Jessup Family • 1994 Nancy O’Brien • 1993

Darden Towe • 1992 Mr. & Mrs. James Murray • 1991 Elizabeth B. Gleason • 1990 Drewary J. Brown • 1989 John B. Rogan • 1988 Hovey S. Dabney • 1987 Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr. • 1986 Francis Fife • 1985 Bernard J. Haggerty • 1984 George C. Palmer II • 1983 James E. Bowen • 1982 Junius R. Fishburne • 1981 Laurence Brunton • 1980 Mary Victoria Craw • 1979 Lionel S. Key • 1978 Randolph H. Perry • 1977 Joel M. Cochran • 1976 Mitchell Van Yahres • 1975


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Chamber Headlines CHAMBER SUPPORTS “ROBUST” DIRECT REGIONAL TOURISM MARKETING ACTION PLAN In a December 6th Chamber Memorandum, Chamber President Timothy communicated the Chamber support for the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors plan to augment regional tourism marketing and promotion over the next three years by using he accumulated fund balances for a robust direct marketing action plan. The text of that memo follows:

“Our Chamber of Commerce understands that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council are aware of the substantial accumulated Fund Balance ($767K) within the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau accounts. We further understand that some Supervisors, Councilors and municipal administrators are considering “taking-back” as much as two-thirds (2/3) of these accumulated tourism funds into the respective general funds.

“Such a measure is ill-advised and opposed by our Chamber of Commerce.

“These accumulated funds have been generated by local lodging taxes and are dedicated for direct tourism promotion funding – as compared to local general fund revenues available for any appropriate local funding options. As such these funds should and must be expended only for direct tourism promotion purposes. Unlike general tax revenues, dedicated tourism promotion funding is not to be available for general fiscal relief to County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville.

“The CACVB Board of Directors today unanimously approved (with both the County and City Board representatives recusing themselves from the vote) a reaffirmation to ensure that these accumulated funds are expended in a direct tourism promotion action plan to enhance tourism economic activity – and generation of additional local tourism tax revenues. To do this the accumulated dedicated tourism marketing funds are best maintained and directed by the CACVB.

“Attached is the approved CACVB Board resolution. Please consider it carefully.

“We respectfully request your favorable consideration of this perspective.

“Thank you.”


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Chamber Headlines Lenhart Obenshain, Attorneys at Law

Economic News University of Virginia Community Credit Union

Business News Garris & Company, P.C.

Workforce News Robbins Staffing Solutions

Local News Ice Pack, the Emergency Preparedness Division of Ashbury International Group, Inc.

Member News Union First Market Bank


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Chamber Member Connections

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CBA Workshop: “Market Research—Why Bother?” Part 2 Date: December 14, 2011 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: PVCC Stultz Center for Business and Career Development Because it is impossible to sell products or services that customers don’t want. You may know what customers buy from you – but do you know why? Market research provides the information you need to make smarter business decisions. It answers questions such as: Who are your customers and potential customers? Can and will they buy? Are you offering the kinds of goods or services they want at the best place, at the best time and in the right amounts? Instructor: David Stackpole has over 15 years of experience in providing business, marketing and financial consultation. His consultation includes financial analysis for a patented microarray process held by Argon National Laboratory and strategic marketing consultation to Saigon High Tech Park, Vietnam on attracting offshore investments. David holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MBA from Georgetown University. He has authored two patent applications and has been published by Morningstar Investment Research. He is the founder and instructor for the Shotokan Karate Club at the University of Virginia and the YMCA affiliated Charlottesville Shotokan Karate Club. He additionally serves as BSA Financial Chair and as a BNI officer. David often freelance writes for Albemarle Family Magazine. Chamber Member Price: $75 (Class Nbr 50663) - total price Non-Member Price: $110 (Class Nbr 50662) - total price

To register for these or other Chamber Business Academy classes please visit For more information contact Jann Ross at 434-295-3078 or


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Economic News Contagion? What contagion? American banks have been strangely immune to Europe’s crisis Posted by The Economist on December 3, 2011.

The financial crisis of 2008 mowed down banks in America and Europe with equal abandon. Not so this year’s upheaval. European banks, struggling to fund themselves, are tightening credit. American banks are eager to lend, albeit not to Europe. Their loan growth this quarter will the fastest since mid2008, reckons Nomura, a bank. This is partly because America’s banks are reasonably healthy. They have significantly bolstered capital since 2008 and now boast core capital of 9% of

assets, well above regulatory requirements. While many European banks held dangerous quantities of American mortgages in 2008, American banks today have relatively little exposure to Europe’s troubled sovereigns. For the five biggest, total exposure to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain (net of hedges) ranges from $16 billion at Citigroup, or 14% of core capital, to $2.5 billion at Goldman Sachs, or less than 5%, according to Peter Nerby of Moody’s, a credit-rating agency. (But if France gets into trouble, that would be a far bigger problem.)

Yet the least appreciated virtue of America’s banking system is that it is drowning in dollars, the byproduct of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to kickstart the economy through “quantitative easing”. The Fed has bought government and mortgage bonds to push their prices up and yields down. It pays for them by creating money, which it deposits in the reserve accounts of banks at the Fed. Since late 2008, those reserves have soared from virtually nothing to $1.5 trillion. … Read more here.

Business News Strong jobless claims report lifts Wall Street Posted by CNN Money on December 8, 2011

U.S. stocks point to a higher open Thursday, following a better-thanexpected jobless claims report. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU), S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq (COMP) futures were all higher ahead of the opening bell. Stock futures indicate the possible direction of the markets when they open at 9:30 a.m. ET. Investors are also keeping a wary eye on developments from Europe. European leaders are meeting Thursday in Brussels to discuss closer political and economic coordination, as well as other measures to restore market confidence and stabilize the euro currency. The European Central Bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter-

percentage point Thursday morning, to 1%. The central bank was widely expected to cut it's rates by up to 0.5%, as the risk of a broad recession in Europe continue to rise. U.S. stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday, as investors bet that European leaders will produce a meaningful solution to the debt crisis. But trading has been choppy this week, amid a flurry of rumors about what the politicians may or may not announce after the summit. U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is in Europe this week to meet with top government officials, highlighting the growing concern in Washington about the eurozone debt crisis. …

Health Savings Account Individuals who are covered by high deductible health insurance plans are allowed to establish health savings accounts (HSA) to receive tax deductible contributions. HSA contributions may be accumulated over the years and currently, or in the future, distributed tax free to pay for qualified medical expenses. HSA's are a great way to save taxes by paying for medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum contribution limits for 2011 are $3,050 for self-only plans and $6,150 for family health plans ($1,000 catch-up contribution for individuals age 55 and over). You can make contributions to your HSA for the 2011 tax year up until April 16, 2012. Please contact your Chamber Member tax advisor for further guidance.

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Workforce News Jobless claims at 9-month low, outlook brighter Posted by Reuters on December 8, 2011.

New claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting a labor market recovery was gaining momentum.

It was the latest sign of acceleration in economic growth in the current quarter after output expanded at a 2.0 percent annual rate in the JulySeptember period.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said, the lowest since late February. Economists had expected a smaller fall, to 395,000.

"It looks as if the U.S. labor market does not know how to spell the words euro contagion," said Cary Leahey, economist at Decision Economics in New York. "This is a good report ... adds to the sense that the job market continues to brighten, though very slowly."

The report, coming after data last week showing a rise in hiring and a sharp drop in the unemployment rate to a 2-1/2-year low of 8.6 percent in November, pointed to some strengthening in a sector that has been the Achilles heel of the economy's recovery.

The U.S. economy is relatively strong as much of the global economy is slowing and parts of the euro zone are already in recession, prompting the European Central Bank to cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point a record low 1 percent on Thursday.

The pickup in the U.S. labor market could improve President Barack Obama's prospects of winning a second term in what is shaping up to be a tough election next November. … Read more here.

Local News Ten firms seek to qualify to bid on Western Bypass Posted by Charlottesville Tomorrow on December 6, 2011

The Virginia Department on Transportation announced Tuesday that 10 firms have submitted responses during the first phase of VDOT’s request for proposals for the U.S. 29 Western Bypass. Firms that VDOT determines to be qualified will be allowed to continue on to the second stage of the process and enter formal bids for the 6.2-mile bypass by April 17. Morgan Butler, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which opposes the bypass, said that the road’s design and other important aspects of the firms’ submissions will come to light in a later round.

“The more critical information that the community is going to be interested in is still to come with future submissions,” Butler said. The bypass is a “design-build” project, which means that the firm selected to build the road also will have submitted design plans for the road. Historically, construction companies built roads designed by VDOT, but Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration has favored designbuild, saying it will allow roads to be built faster and more economically. … Read more here.


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Member News

CNE Seminar: PERFORMANCE REVIEWS THAT WORK Location: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 9:00am 12:00pm Speaker(s): Allison Linney, Allison Partners, LLC Fee: $40 for CNE members; $65 for non-members Advance Registration: Greatly Appreciated: email or call 434-244-3330. Event Summary: Performance reviews can strike fear in the hearts and minds of managers and employees alike, but when handled properly, they are an opportunity to give relevant, meaningful and timely feedback. The purpose of this session is to help managers adequately plan and prepare for an effective review discussion to improve performance and strengthen relationships. Sample performance evaluation templates will be shared in the session.

City of Charlottesville Announces Blanket and Food Drives Growing need in the area fuels a bigger outreach this year The City of Charlottesville is once again partnering with the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to raise new or used blankets for the dogs who are SPCA residents this holiday season and food for the area’s needy families. Last year the City raised over 1,000 blankets and the goal this year is 1,500 to meet the needs of the animals through the year. The blankets are used to keep dogs warm during the colder months and to avoid having them have to sleep on a concrete surface. This is the sixth year that the City has volunteered to raise blankets. City of Charlottesville employees have donated generously in year’s past and this year we are inviting the public to help out as well. Donations are being taken beginning Monday, December 5th in the front lobby of City Hall, Neighborhood Development Services lobby, and the City Managers Office as well as blanket sites at the SPCA at 3355 Berkmar Drive. Donations will be taken until the end of the year. For more information, residents can call 970-3129.

First Annual First Night 5K And Tickets Now Available at Local Retail Outlets Run into the New Year! First Night Virginia is excited to announce the first annual First Night 5K, hosted by the Charlottesville Running Company. The race—open to runners, walkers, families, strollers and dogs—will begin and end at the Charlottesville Pavilion. “We’re thrilled to add this race to the First Night festivities,” says First Night Virginia president Drake Van de Castle. “It’s a great way to kick off the event—and for people to kick off their New Year’s resolutions—and we look forward to making it a long-lasting First Night tradition.” The race will take place December 31st at 11am and prizes will be given out for various award categories. All participants will receive a tshirt and a free First Night wristband. More information at Tickets Now Available at Local Retail Outlets Buy tickets now at participating locations to take advantage of discounted prices and skip the lines on December 31st! This year’s retail outlets are: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports - Barracks Road, Carpet Plus – McIntire Business Park, Charlottesville Running Company – Downtown Mall, F Stop Photo – Seminole Square, Paramount Theater – Downtown Mall, Plan 9 – Seminole Square, Timberlake’s Drug Store – Downtown Mall, Virginia Discovery Museum – Downtown Mall, Volvo of Charlottesville – Ivy Road Visit for a list of this year’s entertainment lineup.


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Member News Albemarle County Public Schools’ National Recognition for Energy Efficiency Comes with Financial Benefits Recent environmental design and construction improvements at two Albemarle County public schools not only have earned the division national recognition but also will generate innovative classroom opportunities for students. By incorporating energy efficient design and building materials into new construction and through the use of lighting upgrades and additional building automation controls, the division is avoiding up to $200,000 in costs that would have been incurred without these improvements. Through the use of state-of-the-art heating, cooling, ventilation and water use systems for its Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA), new classrooms and administrative areas, Albemarle High School will use 46 percent less water and 31 percent less energy compared to a baseline building ( using conventional methods). Since the addition was built, annual electricity usage per square foot has by cut by more than 10 percent, from 9.1to 8.0 kWh/square foot. At Brownsville Elementary School, new water use, heating and cooling and lighting systems for classrooms, a gymnasium, an expanded cafeteria and support areas will use 47 percent less water and 42 percent less energy than a baseline building. Annual electricity usage per square foot has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 10.1 to 8.2 kWh/square foot since the additions were built. The new construction at Albemarle High School and at Brownsville Elementary has received LEED for Schools certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Only six other school facilities in the state have earned this recognition. The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The division also is seeking LEED certification for environmental improvements being made to existing facilities at Henley Middle School. The innovative learning spaces at Albemarle High School include labs that were designed to include wet and dry work areas, flexible furniture for program flexibility, exposed mechanical systems and wider corridor space to support informal collaboration among students. All spaces are provided with generous natural daylighting, and southern exposures are controlled with an exterior screening structure that reduces glare.

McCLUNG RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER Carl Smith receives third quarter award Carl Smith was recently chosen Employee of the Quarter at McClung Companies. Smith is a bindery operator. Established in 1992, the award is based on recommendations from fellow workers and recognizes McClung employees who display extraordinary dedication to their jobs. "Having a skilled operator like Carl in the bindery has broadened our team's vision," noted Jo Anne Estes, bindery coordinator. "He is easy to work with and experienced on many machines." Smith has worked almost one year at McClung and has 30 years experience in bindery operations. He lives in Elkton. For 65 years the award-winning McClung Companies continues to serve the graphic communication needs of central and northern Virginia with the latest technology and with highly skilled and motivated employee owners.

Mary Kay Holiday Gift Show and Grand Opening of Crossroads Image Studio Saturday, December 10th, 1-5 & Sunday, December 11th, 1-5 Liberty Park 5574 Richmond Rd. Suite 101 Troy, Virginia 22974 (On SR-250 0.4 mi west of intersection of SR-15/SR-250, Zion Crossroads) Come Enjoy... *Refreshments, Door Prizes & Samplings *Selecting Gifts for the Special People in your Life Hosted by: Bonnie Sundquist Rogers Independent Beauty Consultant Certified International Image Consultant 434-326-1115 Contact the Independent Beauty Consultant that invited you to schedule your complimentary facial or makeover appointment. Attendees that currently have Consultants are welcome to come and fill out their wish lists for their own Consultants


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Member News Continued Not Your Average Holiday Office Party The Challenge team invites area businesses who are interested in sustainability to join SHW Group as they open their doors for a "green office" holiday gathering on Thursday, December 8, from 5-6:30pm. This is not your average holiday office party, as guests can enjoy informal tours which will showcase green office features like the recycled plastic mesh “cloud” in the bathroom which diffuses outdoor light, landfill-rescued wood work surfaces, and champagne cork pulls. Additionally, festive local drinks and appetizers will be served. We hope businesses will be inspired to incorporate their own green features into the workplace on their own or as part of the Better Business Challenge competition. Wine and appetizers will be provided by Challenge competitors Pippin Hill Winery and Albemarle Baking Company. WHAT: "Green Office" Holiday Open House with COMPLIMENTARY wine and appetizers served WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2011— 5-6:30pm - Tours will be held at 5, 5:30, and 6. WHERE: SHW Group, 609 East Market Street #202, Charlottesville RSVP: Requested, but not required. Contact Teri Kent, 434.466.5157 or for more information. SHW Group is an architecture firm focused on the design of high performance learning environments, ranging from K-12 schools to a variety of higher education buildings. They have studied the relationship between architecture and education and realize the importance of creating an environment to inspire students of all ages. They are also committed to American Institute of Architects' 2030 challenge, setting a precedent for all new buildings and major buildings to be carbon-neutral by year 2030.

National College’s New Charlottesville Campus to Open Doors in February 2012 New facility near airport will provide for expansion of enrollment, new programs The Charlottesville-Albemarle region will receive a welcome boost in economic development and workforce preparation with the relocation of National College’s Charlottesville Campus to a newly constructed, $5.5-million facility on Seminole Trail. Construction, which got underway late this summer, is progressing smoothly on the 18,100 square foot, two-story structure and classes are slated to begin in the new building in February 2012. “This is a significant milestone in the history of National College, which has served students from Virginia’s Piedmont region since our founding in 1886,” says Lenora S. Downing, National College vice president. “Our new Charlottesville Campus will continue to offer the career-focused education and training that we are renowned for, while providing opportunities for new programs and offerings.” Charlottesville Regional Chamber President Timothy Hulbert added, “National College is a very valuable educational asset to our region. National College’s new, accessible and attractive campus will add more room for more students as the College adds more programs in focused training needs for area businesses and civic organizations – and their employees.” The new campus will be located at 3926 Seminole Trail, near the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. The new campus will include a medical lab, three computer classrooms, and an information systems engineering lab; and is outfitted with more than 80 computer workstations. In addition to several lecture classrooms—each Internet-linked with access to advanced instructional technology—the campus will feature a career center, library, bookstore, and student lounge, as well as faculty & administrative offices. Finally, the building’s design includes specific accommodations to meet the technical needs of area businesses. Students at the Charlottesville Campus of National College pursue studies leading to associate degrees and diplomas in a variety of fields in business, computers, and health care. The most popular programs include medical assisting, business administration—management, and medical coding & billing. The campus was also named an Honor Roll Institution in 2011 by the college’s accreditor, the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), as one of the best of the more than 800 institutions accredited by ACICS. Founded in 1886, National College has for 125 years been dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in business, computers, and health care. The College offers 15 academic programs in Charlottesville, including five associate degree and 10 diploma programs, serving some 200 students. Meeting the workforce needs of 30 communities through campus locations in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, National College serves more than 10,000 students annually.


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Member News

City continues Park Master Planning Process for the east side of McIntire Park Planning charette meeting is December 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will continue the master planning process for the east side of McIntire Park with its next public meeting on December 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm at Charlottesville High School Commons Room B. Please note that this is a different location from the previous meetings. This meeting will be a planning charette in which participants will break out into groups and begin to draw and map their proposed uses of the park. The meeting is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate in this important mater planning process. The next planning meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Charlottesville High School Commons Room B. For more information regarding the meeting or McIntire Park, please visit or call (434) 970-3610.

Stone-Robinson Elementary School’s 4th Annual “Kids' Night Out” Celebrates the Season of Giving Stone-Robinson Elementary School’s 4th Annual ‘Kids' Night Out’ Fundraiser was held Friday evening, December 2. Students are asked to bring a bag of groceries or a grocery gift card as their price of admission to an evening that featured movies, games and music. The food that is collected is distributed to the families of students who are in need. Students and staff this year, donated more than 1800 pounds of food and the school received $250 in grocery store gift cards as well as $800 in cash donations that will be used to purchase additional grocery store gift cards. The local business community helped out as well. Giant Supermarkets provided reusable grocery bags, donated Domino’s Pizza donated pizza for all students, staff, and volunteers, and Regal Cinema provided popcorn for students to enjoy while watching a movie. Monticello High School Big Brothers and Big Sisters provided additional support. This year, 170 students attended the event, which featured a local DJ, Caleb Hall, who donated his time. On Sunday, parents of Stone Robinson students who were participating in the community’s Toy Lift program visited the school to pick up bags of groceries for their family. Thirty-five families were supported by the program this year.

CHS Orchestra Receives CACF Grant The Susan W. Davenport & W. Edgar Spigle Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has awarded a grant for $250 to the Charlottesville High School Orchestra in support of the music program. For information about CHSO or to purchase CDs, visit http://


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Member Calendar December Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Floor Fashions, Reico & Virginia Business Systems (2422 Richmond Road) Chamber-United Bank Holiday Business After Hours Sponsors *Floor Fashions of Virginia Inc *Robinson Export-Import Corporation *Edwards Business Systems The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce & our members: Floor Fashions, Reico and Virginia Business Systems we are pleased to announce the next Chamber Business After Hours on December 8, 2011. Chamber members will come together to network at our "Premier" networking event while enjoying hospitality of our host. Thank you to United Bank who is once again underwriting the 2011 Chamber Business After Hours. As always bring plenty of business cards as your number one local business civic organization brings you together with other professionals for the purpose of improving our economy right here at home. "...dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities." ." Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 7 PM—8:30 PM | Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville Freakonomics Film adaptation of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The film examines human behavior through consistently provocative and often hilarious case studies.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Albemarle County Office Building, Room 241 Nonprofit/Business Council The Nonprofit/Business Council invites all Chamber members to its monthly meetings! The monthly meetings are a wonderful opportunity for networking and information sharing To foster a cooperative and constructive business environment among “all” chamber members, the meetings will now also include short and informative presentations that will be of interest to everyone in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Council encourages all Chamber members interested in learning more about the community and building relationships with nonprofit members to attend its monthly meetings.


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The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring to you "ChamberBits," an electronic newsletter for members and friends to keep in touch with developments affecting the Charlottesville Regional communities. The Chamber has published its award-winning e-newsletter on a weekly basis since 2002. Approximately 4,300 people receive "ChamberBits" 50 times per year. We invite our Chamber member enterprises to submit items for inclusion in the e-newsletter. Deadline Information: Deadline for publication is Wednesday at 12:00 PM. Please email your news release in a word document. For submission and for calendar items, please use the following format: Date | Time | Location Event Short description (to include a point of contact, phone number/email address) Please email your submissions to Maggie Hutchinson, Chamber Special Assistant at We thank you for your continued support of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may need to add your address book or safe senders list to ensure that our emails reach your inbox.

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