New rules holding public officials accountable to the people they represent.
Virginians deserve to know that their public officials are honest, ethical and trustworthy. That’s why Governor McAuliffe’s second executive order imposed strict ethics rules on himself, his cabinet, and their families. LEARN MORE>>
Last year the General Assembly found a compromise to raise transportation funds. Now the Governor’s job is to make sure those funds are spent wisely.
During the legislative session, the Governor worked with lawmakers of both parties to pass meaningful transportation reform. The result was HB2, a bill that creates a transparent, data-driven process for deciding how to improve our transportation infrastructure. LEARN MORE>>
The Charlottesville Bypass has been debated for decades. When the federal government told Virginia that the road could not be permitted, Governor McAuliffe took decisive action. He convened the US29 Charlottesville Bypass Advisory Group – made up of elected officials along the US29 corridor – to examine the issue and come up with solutions that will be started during his term. LEARN MORE>>
When Governor McAuliffe heard that the new US 460 project from Petersburg to Suffolk did not have the needed federal permit, he immediately issued a stop work order. This quick action saves the Commonwealth $35 million each month. Now, VDOT engineers are meeting with the federal government on a weekly basis to find a solution.
Streamlining the cabinet for more effective emergency response.
Governor McAuliffe signs SB381 & HB 730 to centralize emergency response with the Secretary of Public Safety and empower the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to interface with the United States military LEARN MORE
Rapid response to a public health crisis and environmental catastrophe
When a Duke Energy coal ash spill in North Carolina spilled into Virginia’s waters, Governor McAuliffe worked closely with local officials to keep the water safe to drink, protect the environment, and ensure that Duke Energy pays its share of the costs.
$1.2 billion for Hampton Roads.
On day 83 of his administration, the Governor signed legislation to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission to build new highways and reduce congestion.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HTAC) will accelerate solutions to the region’s transportation crisis.
Under the leadership of a Board consisting of the chief elected officers of each of the regional local governments, HTAC will pump over $1.2 billion into the local economy in the form of new transportation projects.
These projects will take pressure off of existing roads, reduce travel times, and improve road safety. LEARN MORE>>
The Governor's energetic style has been making news all over the Commonwealth.
Working with both sides of the aisle, the Governor signed legislation to encourage private companies to invest more money in research and development.
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Under Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, the commonwealth acquired the first ocean research lease issued under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s regulatory authority to any government entity for renewable energy research activities that support the future production, transportation, or transmission of renewable energy in the nation.
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The Governor signed a bill that will make it easier for Virginia companies to set up solar energy collectors.
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Preparing Virginians for the jobs of tomorrow
Virginia needs a well-trained workforce to compete for the next generation of jobs. Governor McAuliffe has acted strategically to focus on this priority. He realigned workforce development efforts under the Secretary of Commerce & Trade to focus on human capital, the number one issue facing existing and prospective Virginia businesses today
The administration produced the cross-agency, cross-program Workforce Report Card, which reports progress over the past 5 years using key metrics of workforce readiness and job creation, as identified by Virginia Workforce Council and industry focus groups. Metrics reported include STEM-H pipeline development, Educational Attainment (including certifications and licensures), College and Career Readiness, Employment and Business Development, and more. This spring the Commonwealth will publish a report on progress in regional collaboration for workforce solutions and expansion of training capacities in key industry sectors.
creating jobs in rural Virginia.
The Governor made progress on his goal of expanding agricultural and forestry exports when he announced a new annual record of $2.85 billion worth of Virginia products shipped overseas.
The Governor awarded the Administration’s first AFID grant to Montague Farms in Isle of Wight County incentivizing a $600,000 capital investment. The expanded facility will prepare soybeans for export to South Korea and creates a new market for Virginia growers.
Governor McAuliffe announced $4.75 million in new investment in Buchanan County.
The Governor hosted officials from Japan and Vietnam, senior agricultural and trade officials, and agricultural attaches from Chile, Egypt, the European Union, Indonesia, and South Korea for his annual conference on agricultural trade.
The Governor is keeping Virginia competitive with countries around the globe
Vireol Bio Energy knew they wanted to operate a state of the art biofuels production plant, but they had to decide: stay in Virginia or go overseas? Thanks to a timely personal intervention by Governor McAuliffe and the strategic use of economic development grants, the company has decided to stay in the Commonwealth. They have promised to invest over $26.1 million in Virginia agriculture over the next three years.
Introduced legislation to keep jobs in Bristol, VA
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the first bill he introduced as Governor, Senate Bill 673, legislation that allows the City of Bristol to use sales tax revenues to help finance qualifying projects. Without this important legislation, The Falls development in Bristol, Virginia, and its associated jobs, local investment, and planned regional impact would be in jeopardy.
“This legislation will help keep an important retail economic development project on track that could bring thousands of jobs to Bristol and Southwest Virginia,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Virginians send leaders to Richmond to work together and get things done, and this legislation is proof that we are capable of doing just that. I want to thank Senator Philip Puckett for his leadership on this important bill to help generate new economic activity in a region that truly needs it.”
Today Governor McAuliffe also signed House Bill 628, introduced by Delegate Terry Kilgore, gives counties the powers create hospital authorities. In the wake of the devastating closing of Lee Regional Hospital, this legislation will allow Lee County to form a hospital authority. LEARN MORE>>
The Chesapeake Bay is a $1 TRILLION economic resource. Governor McAuliffe has taken decisive action to clean it up.
Governor McAuliffe worked with member of both parties in the General Assembly to develop a compromise bill that helps local governments reduce pollution contaminating the Bay and its tributaries LEARN MORE>>
The Governor met with his counterparts from Maryland and DC to strengthen regional cooperation throughout the Bay’s multi-state watershed. LEARN MORE>>
Ever since Thomas Jefferson purchased it from King George III, Natural Bridge has been a true Virginia landmark. Now it’s on the path to becoming a state park.
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Preserving our natural and historic heritage.
The Governor convenes a major summit of conservation and environmental leaders to begin planning for his goal of preserving Virginia’s open spaces.
Governor McAuliffe is convening a panel of experts to find mainstream solutions to the threat of rising sea levels in coastal Virginia. LEARN MORE>>
Virginia is on track to becoming the national hub for fighting cyber crime and bringing cutting-edge jobs that come with one of today’s fastest growing industries.
Virginia was the first state to adopt the National Cybersecurity Framework, equipping the Commonwealth with the tools needed to defend against new and evolving cyber threats.
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Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order 8, launching the Virginia Cyber Security Commission READ MORE >>
The Center for Innovative Technology expanded its MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, which provides funding and support for startup cybersecurity companies READ MORE >>
SMARTER TECH, BETTER CARE, FOR ALL VIRGINIANS
"In February 2014, Virginia’s tech and health agencies approved the ambitious eHHR Information Technology Strategic Plan to modernize our healthcare and human services. This renewed focus on innovation in how we handle healthcare service delivery means families across the Commonwealth will receive better care, up-to-date health information, and peace of mind."
Investing in scientific development and evolving technology spurs academic excellence, expands job opportunities, and grows our economy
Rocket Science: Virginia entered into a new agreement with Orbital Sciences, which clears the way for continued successful business with Orbital and their new Antares launch vehicle. Through this new agreement, Virginia Space plans a second resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in early May.
Aerial innovation: The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to be one of the six unmanned aerial system test ranges. In collaboration with Virginia Tech, and the selected states of New Jersey, and Maryland, Virginia will host groundbreaking research in this rapidly evolving field.
SHARING DATA, SUPPORTING ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES
“All parts of Virginia should have access to information and the ability to connect. Through the Center for Innovative Technology, Virginia launched 5 regional Broadband Planning Strategies Workshops across Virginia and worked with 41 Virginia broadband providers to get their data represented on the Virginia Broadband Map and the National Broadband Map, which helps local and regional officials with their planning needs.”
Traveling the state to promote children’s health and the importance of closing the coverage gap to ensure children get the care and treatment they need to thrive. LEARN MORE>>
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe meeting with and listening to stakeholders across the Commonwealth, working to bridge the nutritional divide and ensure all of Virginia's children have access to the healthy food they need to learn, play, and grow. LEARN MORE >>
Virginia partners with national foundation for Governors’ fitness councils to bring multi-million dollar youth fitness campaign to Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld open national fitness challenge nominations for Elementary and Middle Schools in Virginia. LEARN MORE>>
Governor McAuliffe appoints Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam to chair the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Services and Crisis Response – bringing together bi-partisan, intergovernmental and community representatives to review and address needed changes in our mental health system. LEARN MORE>>
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services created a new tool to identify the location of available psychiatric beds across the Commonwealth. LEARN MORE>>
Governor McAuliffe signs comprehensive legislation-a giant step forward in improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families. LEARN MORE>>
Working across party lines to support our teachers and focus on our children.
Governor McAuliffe worked closely with members of the General Assembly to pass SOL Reform Legislation, reducing the number of SOL assessments and creating the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee, led by Secretary of Education Anne Holton, to look at ways to further reform the SOLs.
OUR VETERANS, SERVICE MEMBERS, AND FAMILIES
Education and financial security for veterans and military families: Governor McAuliffe supported a number of legislative initiatives that will improve financial security for military families by providing unemployment compensation to military spouses who leave a job to accompany their active duty spouse to a new military duty assignment in Virginia. Read More>>
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) – Five state agencies are working together to improve access to employment opportunities. During the February 11, 2014, V3 conference four law enforcement agencies were among those employers recognized for recently achieving significant program milestones Read More
A diverse and inclusive Commonwealth
Governor McAuliffe wasted no time in addressing his highest priority – prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in state government.
“Executive Order Number 1 sets the tone for an administration that will not accept discrimination in any form, and one that will work tirelessly to ensure all Virginians have equal opportunity in the workplace, no matter their backgrounds, race, religion, or whom they love”
Restored voting and other rights to over 600 non-violent ex-felons who have paid their debt to society.