Governor Northam presents York County school counselor Katie Gaylord with a proclamation recognizing Virginia Kindness Week on Tuesday, February 16 in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. In April, Katie began selling Virginia is for Kindness t-shirts to raise funds for her local food bank—actions that helped inspire the first-ever Virginia Kindness Week from February 14-18. Governor Northam was joined by First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Janice Underwood, and Policy Advisor Tori Noles. Officials from the Virginia Department of Education and a representative from Custom Ink also participated.
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19, 2021
Governor Northam Launches Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System, Includes New Website and Call Center
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  • “Virginians have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, and these new tools will help them get answers, get pre-registered, and most importantly, get vaccinated,” said Governor Northam. “While our vaccine supply remains limited, we are doing everything we can to acquire more doses and put shots into the arms of eligible individuals in a safe, efficient, and equitable manner. I thank everyone for staying patient and continuing to follow public health guidance so we can mitigate the spread of this dangerous virus.”
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Governor Northam Announces $524 Million in New Federal Funding for Virginia Rent Relief Program with $160 Million Available Immediately
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  • “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized efforts to keep Virginians safely in their homes,” said Governor Northam. “There continues to be an overwhelming need for additional relief to help those struggling to make ends meet. This new federal funding will provide an important lifeline to individuals and families, and bolster our ongoing work to address housing affordability in the Commonwealth. I urge eligible households to act quickly and work with their landlords to seek rental assistance through this program.”
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Governor Northam Reports $730.2 Million in Additional General Fund Resources from Mid-Session Reforecast to Bolster Budget Priorities
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  • “These revised budget numbers tell us that Virginia’s economy continues to thrive, in spite of the pandemic,” said Governor Northam. “Before the pandemic, we had passed the most progressive budget in Virginia history. These additional dollars help us get back to that historic budget and allow us to move forward with our shared priorities—providing Virginia families and businesses the relief they need to get back on their feet, supporting public schools, and giving our public workers a pay raise.”
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Governor Northam Announces Fort Monroe Designated Site of Memory Associated with UNESCO’s Slave Route Project
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  • “Fort Monroe is among the most significant historic sites connected to the institution of slavery, African American history, and the struggle for freedom,” said Governor Northam. “In order to tell the full and true history of our Commonwealth, the stories of the people and the events that took place here must be more present in our collective narrative. This UNESCO designation is a meaningful and appropriate recognition of Fort Monroe that will anchor its place in history and support our ongoing work to promote a true accounting of the Black experience in Virginia and in America.”
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Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Two Companies to Create 75 New Jobs in Montgomery County, 80 New Jobs in Henrico County
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  • “Moog is an important partner in the Commonwealth, and it is exciting to see the company grow its capabilities in Montgomery County,” said Governor Northam. “The New River Valley has outstanding institutions of higher education and a world-class workforce, and Moog’s continued investment is a testament to these assets.”


  • “Eaton’s decision to move production to Henrico County and expand its presence in our Commonwealth demonstrates the strength of Central Virginia’s manufacturing workforce,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s commitment to sustainable power solutions aligns perfectly with the Clean Energy Virginia initiative, and we look forward to partnering with Eaton as we work to accelerate our transition to renewable energy.”
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