June 2nd, 2017

Last Saturday, Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter died in the line of duty. Special Agent Walter was one of Virginia’s brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every single day to protect their fellow Virginians. As the community grieves, the Governor asks that you to join him in praying for SA Walter's family, friends, and fellow troopers who are suffering from this sudden loss. No words can heal their pain, but we can all honor his memory by showing gratitude to those who protect and serve every day.

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 943 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia worth $15.96 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 40 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 Promises Virginia will Lead on Climate Change where President Trump has Failed

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    2. Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to be Constructed in Danville

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      • “The clean energy industry holds great potential for economic development in all parts of Virginia, especially areas like Southside that have struggled with job growth as core industries have declined,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “I am pleased to see the leadership that Danville Municipal Utility is taking to provide its customers with more renewable energy that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. The City of Danville is taking the lead on this issue in Virginia and I am hopeful other communities will follow its example and reap the economic and community benefits that come from increased use of renewable energy.” 

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    3. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Launches the Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

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      • “Together, with the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, we have worked to align our efforts to increase healthy food access, eliminate child hunger, and accelerate the efforts of dedicated partners from across the state,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “Through the Virginia Food Access Network, there is now unprecedented access to the data and resources stakeholders need to identify gaps and maximize impact to better serve Virginians struggling with food access and hunger.” 

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    4. Governor McAuliffe Signs Bill Making Virginia the First State to Allow Autonomous Delivery Vehicles on Sidewalks

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    5. Governor McAuliffe Announces Eastman Chemical Company to Invest $11.7 Million in Henry County

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      • “As a global giant in the advanced manufacturing industry, Eastman’s decision to add capacity and invest in Martinsville-Henry County is a strong testament to our efforts to grow this critical sector and diversify and build the new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This operation has thrived in the region for decades, thanks to the local workforce, infrastructure, and the Commonwealth’s competitive business climate. We are proud to have this industry leader on Virginia’s corporate roster, and we thank Eastman for its continued investment.” 

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