January 6th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 853 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with $14.23 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 35 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 signs historic Executive Order 61 to combat discrimination in Virginia

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      • “As my first act as Governor, I signed Executive Order 1 to ban discrimination in the state workforce based on sexual orientation, take divisive social issue battles off the table and help build an open and welcoming economy. Starting today, the Commonwealth of Virginia will not do business with entities that discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Virginia is home to the best state workforce in the country and this policy will ensure there is no question that all Virginians are to receive the full benefits of their citizenship, without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    2. Governor McAuliffe proposes significant criminal justice reforms for the 2017 General Assembly Session

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      • “Throughout my administration, I have worked with Virginia’s public safety officials, the legislature, and the courts to assure that we have a criminal justice system that is fair and seeks true justice. The changes we are proposing today seek to hold offenders responsible for their crimes in a way that maintains opportunities for rehabilitation and future productivity. I look forward to working with the General Assembly this session to pass these proposals and continue our bipartisan work toward a new Virginia economy that offers every individual a safe community and a shot at a better life.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    3. Governor McAuliffe announces education and workforce development legislation

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      • “Working together with legislators, stakeholders, advocates, agencies, and local leaders, I am proud to say that over the past three years, we have brought Virginia’s education and workforce into the 21st century. But there is still more to do. Last year, there were 149,000 jobs available in the high-tech sector alone. These proposals are intended to continue building the education and training system we need to prepare students to fill these jobs and to help us attract and create even more. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to enact these commonsense, bipartisan proposals and continue to build the new Virginia economy.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    4. Governor McAuliffe announces legislative agenda to create opportunities for veterans and military families

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      • “I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished to make Virginia the best state for our veterans, service members, and their families. And this legislative session presents an opportunity to advance that work by creating new opportunities for the men, women, and the families that have sacrificed on behalf of Virginia and our nation. The proposals I am introducing today are a combination of common sense reforms and innovative actions that will stimulate business and capital opportunities for veteran entrepreneurs and strengthen the tools and resources we offer veterans, active duty service members and their families across the Commonwealth.” – Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    5. Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women Announce the 6th Annual STEM Essay Contest

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “As we continue to expand STEM programs in K-12 and higher education institutions, it is imperative that we provide women across Virginia the opportunities to further their education in this critical field,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The STEM Essay Contest has been an excellent financial tool for many young women, aiding them in their pursuit to advance their education and research. I commend the Virginia Council on Women and their partners for their outstanding work and Dorothy and I look forward to hosting the winners and their families at the Executive Mansion this spring.” 

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Events

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09:00 AM Governor McAuliffe to interview on WRVA Radio’s Ask the Governor
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10:30 AM Governor McAuliffe to sign Cigarette Trafficking legislation with Attorney General Herring
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12:00 PM Governor McAuliffe to give remarks at State Trails Symposium at VAULT Conference
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01:30 PM Governor McAuliffe to sign Domestic Violence legislation
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04:30 PM Governor McAuliffe to host Restoration of Rights Engagement Event
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