November 18th, 2016

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 835 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $13.92 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 34 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 $756 million project to expand Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of the announcement?
      • “This new tunnel will expand capacity and improve safety for travelers who use the CBBT, as well as protect the economic competitiveness and quality of life of the Hampton Roads region,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The CBBT is the only direct link between Hampton Roads and Virginia’s Eastern Shore, making this facility a vital and convenient connection, supporting commerce in the region. I am proud to announce this expansion as part of our administration’s ongoing commitment to reducing congestion and spurring economic growth through smart transportation planning.”       

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    2. Restored Virginians from all walks of life go to the polls as full citizens again

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • Over the course of this year, Governor McAuliffe has worked hard to overcome Republican obstacles to give Virginians who made a mistake and served their time a voice in their democracy again. Since the July Supreme Court decision the Governor has restored the rights of 79,047 Virginians and a total of 97,007 since the start of his administration.

        Leading up to the elections last week, 20,889 of the ex-felons restored by the Governor had registered to vote. These citizens live in communities across the Commonwealth; they have jobs and families, and pay their taxes. However, for many it was their first time voting or their first time in many years. As the stories presented demonstrate, the Governor’s actions were not about partisan politics – they were motivated by a belief in second chances and the principle that our society works better when everyone has a voice in our future.

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      • ‘It’s been beautiful’: With rights restored, 79-year-old felon votes again after 40 years

        The Washington Post
        11/8/16
        When Sylvester Hall was convicted of buying $25 worth of cigarettes with another man’s bank check in 1978, he lost a year of his life to jail, his livelihood and his home. And the Virginia man lost another thing of value: the right to vote.

        On Tuesday, the 79-year-old Hall cast a ballot in Falls Church, the first time since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

        Hall, who is African American, tried to vote in 2008. He lined up at Bailey Community Center before sunrise that November morning eight years ago to vote for Barack Obama. He had not attempted to vote since he had been released from jail, but seeing an African American so close to the White House inspired him. But a poll worker turned him away, saying he was no longer on the rolls. His felony conviction, then three decades old, would keep him from voting. 

    3. Governor McAuliffe Announces nearly $202,600 in Grants to provide support for eight entrepreneurship programs across the Commonwealth

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Small business development is a vital component of the new Virginia economy," said Governor McAuliffe. “The Building Entrepreneurial Economies grant awards will support our homegrown assets and create new opportunities for economic diversification. By supporting small business programs in communities across the Commonwealth, we are building a strong entrepreneurial environment that will ensure that Virginia continues to be the best place for individuals to start and grow their companies.”

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    4. Governor McAuliffe announces 189 new jobs in the City of Hampton

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “The decision by MAXIMUS to invest and grow their company in Virginia is a testament to the unrivaled business climate that the Commonwealth provides,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We are honored to welcome MAXIMUS to the City of Hampton, where they will benefit from that community’s world-class economic infrastructure and contribute to our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

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    5. Governor McAuliffe Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for State and Local Governments Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

      Take aways:

      • What are the details of Governor McAuliffe’s statement?
      • “This assistance will help ensure our local and community partners receive the appropriate funds in order to begin a path to full recovery from the severe damage incurred by Hurricane Matthew,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I want to thank President Obama, FEMA, our Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) team and all local government officials for their accelerated coordination in this declaration. Our number one priority will always be the safety of the residents in our Commonwealth.”
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