A FRONT ROW SEAT TO RICHMOND'S BUSINESS
Greg Gilligan spent over three decades as a reporter and business editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch covering the inside story of some of Richmond’s largest companies. He told us about developments at the area's big companies ranging from the demise of catalog showroom retailer Best Products and home furnishings retailer Heilig-Meyers to the ups and downs at Circuit City and CarMax. But he also told us about the smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses, writing nearly 1,500 weekly “Biz Buzz” columns for the Metro Business section of the paper.
Today Greg is helping to make the business news that the next generation of journalists will be covering. In 2022 he was hired as the communications director for RVA757 Connects, a nonprofit organization made up of business and higher education leaders promoting the area from Richmond to Hampton Roads as the “I-64 Innovation Corridor” megaregion. The organization believes that convening and collaborating, not competing, between nearby cities will drive scale and help bring economic success to the area.
Greg has been honored with awards over the years from the Virginia Press Association, including first place in the business writing category in 2021 and second place in 2022. He served as the business editor the R-T-D for the last 11 years before joining RVA757 Connects. Greg graduated from The Ohio State University in December 1986 and started at The Times-Dispatch a month later.
The Virginia Rep Theatre recently completed the acquisition of the building formerly known as the Scottish Rite Temple and produced its first show there in December. Now named the Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education, the building is the new, permanent home for VA Rep's programming for children, families, and schools. We will be meeting in the Jesse Bogese Theatre.
The facility features a 650-seat main auditorium and two smaller studio stages. There is rehearsal space for our 18 annual tour productions that reach over 400,000 students and families across the country. In addition, there is room to double the number of camps, classes, and workshops currently offered.
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