March 25th, 2016
Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 632 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $10.77 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 26 months in office.

The Governor’s Top 5

  1. Jobs keep hopping to the Star City with Deschutes Brewery investing $85 million to establish its first East Coast facility – creating 108 new jobs

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • “Virginia’s competitive bid for Deschutes Brewery’s coveted East Coast location was tireless and aggressive, and we are gratified that the company has chosen the City of Roanoke for this major operation,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.
    • We have absolutely been blown away with how the community rallied around bringing us here and has given us such a warm welcome. #Deschutes2Rke we’re on our way and proud to be able to now call Roanoke our second home,” said Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery.


  2. Governor and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe cut the ribbon on Executive Mansion Accessibility Ramp – project ensures most dignified welcome for all Virginians

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • Prior to the ramp’s construction, those who could not climb the steep steps to the historic portico had to use an elevator located at the basement level on the back of the home to access the first floor.
    • “The Executive Mansion is the people’s house, and this ramp will ensure the most accessible and dignified welcome for all Virginians, from our wounded warriors to our disabled citizens.” - Governor Terry McAuliffe
    • “We want everyone who visits the Executive Mansion to feel welcome, and to achieve that goal, every visitor must able to enter on the main floor. Through thoughtful collaboration with architectural and preservation experts, we were able to provide enhanced access that complements the historic character of the home.” – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe


  3. Governor McAuliffe vetoes legislation that would make Virginians less safe by eliminating common sense restrictions on the possession of firearms in or around state office buildings.

    Take aways:

    • What are the details of this announcement?
    • The Governor vetoed House Bill 1096, which would reverse elements of the Governor’s Executive Order 50, which bans the possession of firearms in Virginia executive branch office buildings.
    • The Governor also vetoed House Bill 382, which would strip Virginia government agencies of the power to adopt any regulation or workplace rule that prohibits employees from storing firearms in their automobiles.
    • Governor McAuliffe is committed to reducing gun violence; these two bills presented an unnecessary reversal of common sense efforts to limit workplace violence or accidental injury due to the presence of firearms in state facilities.


  4. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe’s effort to increase funds to fight childhood hunger pays off

    Take aways:

    • Watch the First Lady's interview here
    • Thanks to the efforts by the First Lady and the Governor funding has been doubled for the school breakfast program to $2 million over the next two years.
    • "I think every parent, from the time your first child is born, it's a real priority to think about what they're eating, how it affects their day, how it affects their growth and development. A day missed of school because you're hungry or ill really impacts your performance, and your ability to grasp the material, and to move on and advance.” – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
    • The First Lady says another aspect of this is agriculture: she's been working to connect Virginia farmers with the schools so the children have fresh food while also supporting an important sector of the state.
  5. Governor McAuliffe travels to the Middle East to thank Virginia troops

    Take aways:

    • Recap their visit through photos
    • “I want to express the gratitude I felt meeting all of the fine men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. I would also like to recognize the Virginia National Guardsmen, the Virginia Embassy staff, and all the Virginians who serve our country with bravery and distinction.” – Governor Terry McAuliffe


    • 'This project is about respect:' McAuliffes christen ramp at Executive Mansion – Richmond Times Dispatch
    • WVIR (NBC) - Charlottesville - Accessibility Ramp
    • WWBT-RIC (NBC) - Richmond - Accessibility Ramp
    • WTOP-DC (Radio) - Washington, D.C. - Accessibility Ramp

What They Are Saying

  • In September 2015, Gov. Terry McAuliffe set off on a West Coast trip to visit prospects in Silicon Valley and Southern California. His first stop: Bend. By now, governors in other states had gotten involved in courting Deschutes, but McAuliffe was the only one to visit the company headquarters. “Sales is about being in front of the prospect at the right time,” says Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. On December 16, Deschutes officials were back in Richmond. The governor insisted a keg of Deschutes be on hand; a state Agriculture Department staffer frantically tracked one down in Sterling and hurried it to Richmond. – The Roanoke Times Editorial Board

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