A New Tech Start-up, Divvy Homes, Transforms the Way We Buy Houses in West Virginia.
Here’s how it works: Divvy Homes will buy a home you want (within its prerequisites) and allow you to pay a small percentage for a down payment to the Divvy Company. You can then choose to lease the house from Divvy, buy within three years and allow ~20% of your rent to go to Divvy’s Equity Credits. Once the three years are up, you will own 10% of your property, which is enough to qualify for a mortgage and buy Divvy out.
Learn more here: A New Twist on Rent-to-Own Housing
John O’Neal and Greg Puckett Are Determined and Optimistic about Economic Growth
There is a discussion about expanding economic development numbers by shifting some things around in the future. On top of this, tourism is on the rise as well as coal severance.
Find out more: Local County Officials Optimistic
Natural Gas Called ‘Best Hope’ for West Virginia at Summer Meeting of Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Vice President of the Independent Oil and Gas Association has concern for the future gas prices come 2020 and 2021. To help solve this, an organization led by regulatory affairs for Northeast Natural Energy will lead over 500 members through the creation of largely gas producer-oriented operations.
Learn more about the situation here: Natural Gas Best Hope
The Schools of Berkeley County Have Saved $3.1 million in Utility Expenses from their Total Makeover in Energy Systems.
Electric consumption has dropped 37% and Berkeley County Schools have earned the seventh-highest Energy-Star rated schools in the state.
The makeover includes seven geothermal installations, boiler and chiller replacements, over 23,000 LED light installations, thermal envelope improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls.
Learn more here: Berkeley Co. Schools Saves #3.1M in Energy Costs
The United Health Care Community Care Program granted Thankful Valley Farms $10,000 for Being One of the Most Beneficial Local Businesses for the Health and Wellness of Greater Charleston.
The award has been running for over three years now and the program continues to raise more awareness. The finalists included Sherri Taylor’s Thankful Farms and Hatchery, Pollen8 Inc.; United Way of Central West Virginia; VoixRx; and A More Excellent Way Life Center Church.
The project submissions are based on community impact, creativity, and feasibility for the purpose of empowering and recognizing West Virginia’s innovative small businesses.
The plan is to continue this program in the future for many years to come as the turnout continues to surprise.