February 17th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 883 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with $14.47 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 37 months in office.Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success.

The Governor’s Top 5

    1. Governor McAuliffe sends letter to Secretary John Kelly requesting information regarding DHS and ICE enforcement actions in Virginia

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “As the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I have a responsibility to work with federal and local authorities to keep communities like Alexandria safe. Law enforcement relies on trust and engagement with people from the communities they serve so that crimes are properly reported and all people are protected by the law, no matter who they are. That work will be significantly impaired if reports like this are true and individuals from these communities no longer feel safe interacting with law enforcement, government agencies, schools or churches for fear that they will be randomly targeted for deportation, said Governor McAliffe.

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    2. Governor McAuliffe announces Owens & Minor will make a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in Richmond

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “This announcement is an outstanding example of our continuing work building a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the event. “Stimulating growth in economic sectors that are not as reliant on federal spending helps diversify our economy and offset the impacts of defense cuts and sequestration. I thank Owens & Minor for its continued presence in Hanover County and the Williamsburg area, and congratulate the company on its decision to grow here in Richmond.”

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    3. The Food Research and Action Center ranked Virginia 7th in the nation for breakfast participation growth in their annual School Breakfast Scorecard

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • Virginia, with an 8.5% jump in participation was one of the top 10 states (#7) with the biggest growth in breakfast participation. On average, 19,483 more kids participated in breakfast each day last school year for a 4.88 million meal increase, bringing in over $10 million more in federal reimbursement to improve access to nutrition for students and spur investment in local agriculture and school nutrition hiring.
    4. Governor McAuliffe announces 2017 Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index ranks Virginia 1st in Southeast, 20th in Nation

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Today’s announcement highlights the significant progress Virginia is making in building a new, cleaner Virginia economy, outranking our Southeast counterparts as a top state for businesses seeking access to renewable energy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Growing renewable energy in Virginia is not just about a heathier environment or a broader energy mix; it is also about economic growth and diversification. This report reaffirms our commitment to giving innovative companies the tools they need when deciding where to locate and grow their operations.”
    5. Governor McAuliffe announces January 2017 general fund revenue collections are up

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Although we are slightly ahead of the forecast in payroll withholding collections, about 43 percent of the total general fund estimate remains to be collected,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Since 2000, the Commonwealth has collected about 57.1 percent of fiscal year collections through January. As of today, we have collected 57.0 percent of the revenue estimate I released in December with my budget amendments. Even though there is still plenty of time left on the fiscal year clock, the good news is that we are above the forecast at this point. We continue to be cautiously optimistic about revenue collections.”

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