Growth in Albemarle and ghosts in Charlottesville. Credit: WTJU

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This week on WTJU’s Soundboard, Emily and Billy talk with host Lewis Reining about Albemarle County’s growth strategies. Emily discusses the largest conservation easement in Albemarle, which is more than half the size of the city of Charlottesville. As the county works to keep rural areas rural, the county is also investing in job growth in its designated development areas. Billy describes methods these technology companies can use to ensure that job growth benefits diverse populations.

Emily Hays grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from Yale in 2016. She covered growth, development, and affordable living. Before writing for Charlottesville Tomorrow, she produced a podcast on education and caste in Maharashtra, India.

Billy Jean Louis joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as its education reporter in April 2019 and is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jean Louis speaks English, Haitian Creole and French.