On Wednesday, January 2nd, Governor McDonnell issued Executive Order 57 establishing the Rural Jobs Council. He has named Lieutenant Governor Bolling, Virginia's Chief Jobs Creation Officer, as Chair of the Council. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore will serve as Co-Vice Chairs for the group.
Through this Council we will be ensuring a continued focus on rural Virginia. Since the beginning of the administration we have made a commitment to jobs and economic development and rural development has been a key part of those efforts. This Council will help us continue to look for ways to improve the business environment and quality of life and leave a legacy of dedication to rural Virginia that will benefit the Commonwealth for years to come.
The membership of the Council consists of legislators and leaders in the business, manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare industries. The group will make recommendations to address the challenges to economic growth in rural Virginia and develop a statewide rural infrastructure plan to include transportation, education, and community development.
View the Executive Order