August 25th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 1,016 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia worth $16.47 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor. Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success.

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    1. Governor McAuliffe Delivers Year-End Report to General Assembly Money Committees

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    2. Governor McAuliffe Responds to Charlottesville Violence by Creating Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness & Response to Civil Unrest and Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “This commission will be my administration’s vehicle to identify what worked in the local and state response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, what didn’t, and how we can better prepare for similar events in the future,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am proud of the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to prevent the tragic events in Charlottesville from escalating further. We owe it to them and to all Virginians to examine every element of our operations on that day to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our citizens safe during periods of civil unrest.”
      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, it is important for the people of Virginia to have an honest discussion about what we can do to combat hatred and violence and continue our work building a Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to everyone,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The white supremacists and Klansmen who descended upon Charlottesville do not represent the values of the vast majority of Virginians, and the problems of white supremacy, religious intolerance, discrimination against LGBT Virginians, and other forms of hatred and violence are not unique to this Commonwealth. But those events should be a wakeup call for every citizen about the need to work together constructively to examine the origins of racism, discrimination and radicalization and what steps we can take to drive those pernicious forces from our Commonwealth and our country.”

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    3. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds: The case for an American ‘year of service’

      First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits the literacy lab in Richmond

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “In Virginia, under first lady Dorothy McAuliffe’s leadership, we’ve worked to promote national service, partnering to engage every college and university in the commonwealth to create service year opportunities for students to connect their courses of study with real-world experiences to improve their communities. In 2016, over 50 Virginia colleges and universities signed on to Virginia’s Compact on National Service, and together, they are integrating service year opportunities on their campuses to build up their students as engaged citizens.”
    4. Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Heritage Brewing Co. Creating 66 New Jobs and Investing $8.9 Million

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Heritage Brewing’s new job creation and investment in Manassas, along with its commitment to purchase Virginia-grown products, underscores the crucial role that agriculture plays in the economies of both rural and urban areas of the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “With its focus on training and hiring veterans and its pledge to donate a portion of its profits to the families of fallen soldiers, Heritage Brewing stands out in its efforts to serve those who have served our nation. Today’s announcement is a great win for Virginia’s veterans, our craft brewery industry, and our ongoing efforts to build the new Virginia economy.”

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    5. Governor McAuliffe Announces 2017 Datathon to Focus on Opioid Addiction Crisis

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Virginia, outpacing deaths from gun violence and motor vehicle accidents. This epidemic affects families and communities across the Commonwealth and we must approach this crisis from every angle,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Our response to address prevention, treatment, and law enforcement intervention needs to be data-driven and tailored to the specific needs of individual communities. Collaborative responses and strategies involving both public safety and public health are imperative to ending this crisis in Virginia, so I am pleased that we can channel the expertise of the brilliant people who participate in the Datathon to address this critical issue.”

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