March 17th, 2017

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 900 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia worth $15.64 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 37 months in office.Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success.

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    1. Governor McAuliffe Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.0%

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “This report shows that Virginia is overcoming economic headwinds to create jobs and opportunity for people in every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This decrease in the unemployment rate, coupled with record household employment and the 10th consecutive labor force expansion, clearly demonstrates that the investments we are making in economic development, public education and workforce training are paying off. As we face unprecedented gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, it is more important than ever to continue our momentum building a new Virginia economy.”

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    2. Governor McAuliffe Statement on President Trump’s Misguided Budget Proposal

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “If President Trump is serious about making our country a better and safer place to live, I urge him to look to states like Virginia. We balance our budgets and we spend taxpayer dollars on priorities that work, not political pandering that will harm our economy and the families we serve,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe

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    3. Governor Joins Dorothy McAuliffe at Bensley Elementary School to Help Kick Off National School Breakfast Week

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    4. Governor McAuliffe Announces Nearly 70 New Jobs in Augusta County

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      • What are the details of this announcement?
      • “The Hershey Company’s most recent production expansion at its operation in Augusta County is a tremendous testament to the Commonwealth’s competitive business climate, infrastructure and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The food processing industry continues to play a critical role in our efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy. The Commonwealth is proud to boast a beloved global brand like Hershey on its corporate roster, and we look forward to many more years of success for the company in Virginia.”

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    5. SmartAsset ranks Virginia as #1 state for a higher education in 2017

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      • What are the details of these announcements?
      • "The state effectively educates its students. It has one of the highest average graduation rates in our study (70%). And the average 20-year return on investment for graduates is $442,660. That’s the fourth-highest ROI in our study. For 2017, both the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary rank among the top 10 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report."  

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