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Effect of Govt Shutdown Far-Reaching in Central VA

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Since it's not clear how long the government shutdown will last, questions are rising about what this means for the safety of people in Charlottesville and the regional economy as a whole.

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has been in touch with a number of defense intelligence agencies. It's still early for specifics, but we do have a general idea of how employees are affected.

There are 2,500 or more federal employees in greater Charlottesville. About 30 percent in defense intelligence are uniformed, and they are covered because of the Pay Our Military Act President Obama signed before the deadline. Seventy percent are civilians, but not all of them have been considered essential.

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Hulbert says the shutdown has broader implications.

"Virginia has something in the order of 200,000 federal employees that are not military employees, and if 70 percent of them are off, then Virginians who work for the federal government and are not at work today, that affects our economy," he said.

Hulbert hopes the shutdown is short considering our national safety is in a better place when we have all eyes on the job.

The shutdown would also hurt private vendors who serve lunch in and near government buildings.

Government contractors are working, but their payment may be delayed.

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