Governor Northam tours the precision machining and welding facilities during a visit to Danville Community College on Wednesday, July 14 to promote Virginia’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Get Ahead” initiative, or G3 program, which makes tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields.
WEEK OF JULY 16, 2021
Virginia Remains “America’s Top State for Business” with First-Ever Consecutive Wins in CNBC Ranking, Study Highlights Education, Workforce, Inclusiveness
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  • “Virginia continues to be the best place to do business because of our world-class education institutions, talented workforce, and shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion,” said Governor Northam. “I am proud of what this coveted recognition says about the policies we have put in place and how they are driving growth and innovation across our Commonwealth. Our success is a blueprint for creating a vibrant economic climate in the post-pandemic world—and proves that when you lift everyone up, when you treat people right, and when you celebrate diversity, it’s also good for business.”


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During Visit to Abingdon, Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Invest $700 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Achieve Universal Broadband by 2024
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  • “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat internet service like the 21st century necessity that it is—not just a luxury for some, but an essential utility for all,” said Governor Northam. “The pandemic has reinforced how important high-quality broadband is for the health, education, and economic opportunity, and we cannot afford to leave any community behind. With this historic $700 million investment, universal broadband is now within our reach. I am grateful to Senator Warner for fighting to include this funding in the American Rescue Plan, which will be key to the success of local connectivity efforts and to ensuring every Virginian has affordable, reliable, and equitable access to high-speed internet.”
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Governor Northam Proposes $353 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Accelerate Small Business Recovery, Help Industries Hardest Hit by Pandemic
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  • “Virginia is roaring back stronger than we could have imagined one year ago, but small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they need additional support to get back on their feet,” said Governor Northam. “With the American Rescue Plan, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild from the impacts of the pandemic, revitalize our communities, and invest in our shared prosperity. That’s why I am proposing $353 million to bolster the Commonwealth’s successful recovery initiatives that target our hard-hit tourism and hospitality sectors, main streets, small businesses, and nonprofits.”
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Governor Northam Announces SimpliSafe to Add 250 Jobs with Second Henrico Operation, Manufacturer will Return to Virginia from Ohio and Reopen Pulaski Facility
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  • “SimpliSafe’s decision to establish a second Henrico County facility in just two years further solidifies why Virginia is the best place to do business,” said Governor Northam. “The Richmond region has the business climate, talent pipeline, and infrastructure to support the rapid growth of SimpliSafe. We are proud to help SimpliSafe continue to protect millions of individuals across the country from its operations here in the Commonwealth.”


  • “Our workforce is one of the key reasons Virginia is America’s Top State for Business and the return of Xaloy is proof positive that our pipeline of skilled talent is unmatched,” said Governor Northam. “It was a priority to regain this important employer in Pulaski, and securing this important project demonstrates the value of collaboration in driving economic opportunity and building long-term corporate partnerships.”
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Virginia Finishes Fiscal Year 2021 with Record-Breaking $2.6 Billion Surplus and Unemployment Rate Drops Again, Falling to 4.3 Percent in June
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  • “We have effectively managed Virginia’s finances through the pandemic, and now we are seeing the results—record-breaking revenue gains, a recovery that has outpaced the nation, and recognition as the best place to do business,” said Governor Northam. “I look forward to working with the General Assembly in the fall to seize this opportunity so we can build a brighter future for all Virginians.”


  • “Virginia’s falling unemployment rate and expanding labor force show the strength of our economy and business climate,” said Governor Northam. “We continue to be recognized as best place in America to do business because we are building a Commonwealth where both workers and employers can thrive.”
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