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The $25 million deal was sealed with an exchange of small tokens.
Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday presented WillowTree Inc. CEO Tobias Dengel with a used Virginia flag to fly over the company’s new headquarters — to be built out of the remains of the historic Woolen Mills factory — while Dengel gave the governor a willow sapling to plant at the state Capitol building.
“Usually, we bring wine, but you all have plenty of wine here in Charlottesville,” Northam joked, as he made the official announcement unveiling the state’s $2 million in grant funding for the project, which will be matched by $2 million in funds from Albemarle County.