Legislative Newsletter - April 2019
General Assembly Approves Funding for I-81 Improvements
The General Assembly met last week to consider Governor Northam’s actions on legislation from the 2019 session, one of which was a package of funding amendments for I-81 improvements. The General Assembly approved a mix of statewide and regional measures to generate approximately $150 million annually to fund the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan. This investment in our infrastructure will support commerce throughout the corridor, and more importantly, enhance safety and reliability for the commuters, students, visitors, and residents who travel I-81 each day. We applaud the administration, lawmakers, and advocates who made this important issue a priority of the 2019 session.

Commonwealth Connect Broadband Coalition
Governor Northam announced nearly $5 million in Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grants on March 29, including approximately $1 million in Bedford County, $758,998 in Botetourt County, $348,018 in Floyd County, and $589,444 in Giles County.

We are working to connect underserved communities to the broadband access they need to compete in an increasingly digital economy. The Commonwealth Connect broadband coalition will host its April meeting at Hotel Roanoke on April 17 at 11:00 am. The business community is invited to participate in this important conversation – RSVP to kyle.rosner@governor.virginia.gov.  
Upcoming Events
·          April 10: REALTORS Association Economic Summit
·          April 16: Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Employer Training
·          April 17: Commonwealth Connect Broadband Coalition Meeting
·           April 17–18: VA Chamber Conference on Energy & Infrastructure