January 20th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 857 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with $14.32 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 36 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 announces major expansion of high-speed internet access in classrooms across the Commonwealth

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Access to high-speed internet is an absolute necessity as we build an education system that prepares students with the skills they need to succeed in a new Virginia economy. I am proud of the work this administration has done, in partnership with state and local leaders all over the Commonwealth, to expand connectivity for students, families and businesses. We should not rest until every single Virginia school offers students high-speed access to the internet.” – Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    2. Governor McAuliffe announces major grant to preserve Richmond’s historic Third Street Bethel AME Church

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “The shared experiences of the African-American culture and the Civil Rights movement are central to understanding the depth and complexity of Virginia’s history. This preservation grant will help restore the Third Street Bethel AME Church building to its original prominence and allow us to have a better understanding of the central role community leaders in Richmond and Virginia played in the fight for equality. I commend the National Park Service, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and especially the leadership at Third Street Bethel AME Church for their collaboration and advocacy to ensure the significance of Bethel AME Church and its congregation is maintained in the history of Virginia.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    3. Governor McAuliffe announces increase in international sales for VALET companies across Virginia

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “My administration is committed to helping existing Virginia businesses succeed in the international marketplace, making our economy even stronger. International trade is a key part of my strategic plan to spur private sector job creation and build a new Virginia economy, and the VALET program has been an important catalyst for that private sector growth. I want to congratulate the graduating companies on their success and thank the VALET team for its efforts to help these companies expand.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    4. Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia wine industry contributed almost $1.4 billion in economic impact in 2016

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Since the beginning of my administration, one of our top agriculture goals was to make Virginia the preeminent East Coast destination for wine and winery tourism, and I am pleased our efforts are helping make this a reality. The Virginia wine industry has continued to see tremendous growth over last five years, which has bolstered tourism across the Commonwealth. This new study shows that this growth is being driven by small wineries, which demonstrates that the increased rural economic development is truly beneficial to local communities. I commend our Virginia wineries and grape growers for their hard work in making world-class wines that are driving this success and building the new Virginia economy.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    5. Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia State Parks saw record attendance in 2016

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Virginia’s state park system is the best in the country, and more Virginians and visitors are taking advantage than ever before. State Parks are a vital part of communities large and small, attracting visitors to the region and generating substantial tourism revenue that directly benefits our local economies. From opening Natural Bridge State Park to making historic investments in the Virginia Treasures Program, this administration has worked hard to protect and expand opportunities to interact with the countless natural and historic attractions our Commonwealth has to offer. I want to thank the staff at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for their hard work making our state park system a world-class asset for the people of Virginia.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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