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Governor Northam Reports Virginia Tourism Revenues Reached $25 Billion in 2017
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s tourism revenues reached $25 billion in 2017, a 4.4 percent increase over 2016.
Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The College Board, a non-profit organization formed in 1900 to broaden access to higher education, will grow its operation in Fairfax County, expanding into an additional 74,000 square feet in Reston Town Center.
Governor Northam Announces 141 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that TemperPack, a Richmond-headquartered manufacturer of sustainable thermal insulation for the shipment of perishable goods, will invest $10.4 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation that Unnecessarily Interferes with Voter Registration Process
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1144, which would place undue burdens on individuals or groups assisting applicants with voter registrations and could result in the applications of eligible voters being unnecessarily delayed or denied.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Excludes Criteria Essential to Ensuring Fair Electoral Maps
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1598 and Senate Bill 106, which fall short of establishing sufficient criteria to ensure that electoral maps are drawn fairly.
Governor Northam Announces SAIC to Open VITA Service Center in Dickenson County, Creating 40 New Information Technology Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 40 information technology (IT) service desk jobs...
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Placing Unnecessary and Burdensome Requirements on Election Officials
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 834, which would impose unnecessary and duplicative processes on local election officials and could potentially marginalize registered voters.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Efforts to Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bills 844, 934, 935, and 964, which would put Virginians at risk of being underinsured, result in rapidly increasing Marketplace premiums, and undermine key protections in the Affordable Care Act.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate in Over a Decade
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in April to 3.3 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Restricting Local Authorities from Adopting Fire and Life Safety Regulations
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1595 and Senate Bill 972, which would restrict the ability of local governing bodies to adopt standards for protecting citizens and structures from fires involving combustible landscape cover materials.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of the 2019 Commemoration’s Virginia History Trails Mobile Application
Today, Governor Ralph Northam joined the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™ in announcing the launch of the Virginia History Trails mobile application.
April 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 17.8% From the Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections are Up 6.7%
Governor Northam announced today that April revenue collections grew 17.8 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.7 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4 percent growth.
Governor Northam Issues Proclamation Recognizing Virginia Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May 13 – 19, 2018, as Virginia Police Week, and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Grants Totaling Over $6 Million for Law Enforcement, Child Abuse and Neglect Programs, Victims Services and Delinquency Prevention Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of more than $6 million in grant funds to localities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies throughout Virginia.
Governor Northam Statement on Anticipated Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Increases
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statement regarding the double-digit health insurance rate increases Virginians can anticipate as a result of the Trump administration’s actions to undermine the insurance market.
Governor Northam, Cabinet, State and Local Agencies Prepare for Upcoming Hurricane Season
Governor Northam and his senior staff participated this week in an exercise to test Virginia’s hurricane response, joining the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), 18 other state agencies and 39 localities in the simulation.
Virginia Receives Additional $9.7 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Crisis
Today, Governor Northam announced that Virginia received another $9.76 million in federal grant funding to help fight the opioid epidemic.
Governor Northam Designates May 6 – 12 as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12, 2018 as Public Service Week in Virginia to celebrate the commitment and dedication of 713,000 individuals who serve the Commonwealth in federal, state and local jobs.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles Steger
Governor Northam released the following statement on the death of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Dr. Charles W. Steger.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Thank a Teacher During ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’
Governor Ralph Northam designated May 7–11, 2018 as Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth and encouraged all Virginians to participate by sending thank-you notes, recognizing teachers for their hard work and dedication.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 69 New Jobs in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CoConstruct, a web-based project management system for custom home builders and remodelers, will invest $485,000 to expand its IT operation in Albemarle County.
Virginia Rejects EPA Proposal to Weaken National Standards for Coal Ash Disposal
In written comments to Administrator Scott Pruitt, the administration of Governor Ralph Northam urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to refrain from any regulatory revisions that would weaken the protections afforded...
Governor Northam Announces Arconic to Relocate Global Headquarters to Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC), a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing leader, will relocate its global headquarters from New York City to Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Agribusiness Expansion, New Jobs in Gloucester County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Whitley Peanut Factory, Inc., a Virginia’s Finest Company since 1992, will invest nearly $530,000 to expand its operation in Gloucester County.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Practice Proper Disposal of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs
Governor Ralph Northam today called on Virginians to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications.
Governor Northam Opens First Virginia Career Works Center in Roanoke
Governor Ralph Northam today attended the grand opening of the inaugural Virginia Career Works center, located in the City of Roanoke.
Governor Northam Announces New, Innovative Land Conservation Strategy
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new land conservation strategy that will focus resources on preserving lands with the highest conservation value for the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Nine New Jobs in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Central Virginia Manufacturing (CVM), a sheet metal fabricator, will invest $300,000 to expand its operation in Bedford County.
First Lady Pamela Northam Celebrates Earth Day 2018
In celebration of Earth Day 2018, First Lady Pamela Northam has planted flowers around a LOVE artwork display at the Executive Mansion.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Buy Flood Insurance by May 1
Governor Ralph Northam is urging Virginians to purchase flood insurance or renew their policies on or before May 1, a month before the official start of hurricane season.
Opioid Program Increases Access to Treatment Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday that Virginia’s signature Medicaid initiative for addressing opioid addiction and other substance use disorders has generated significant results in its first year...
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 2,300 high school students from across the Commonwealth took part in this challenge.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in March to 3.4 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones
Governor Northam today announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Governor Northam Announces 15 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake
Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a professional engineering and technical services operation, is investing $100,000 to expand its IT and cybersecurity operation in the City of Chesapeake...
Governor Northam Announces 15 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake
Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a professional engineering and technical services operation, is investing $100,000 to expand its IT and cybersecurity operation in the City of Chesapeake...
Governor and First Lady Northam Join Virginia Council on Women to Announce 7th Annual STEM Essay Contest Winners
Today Governor, First Lady Northam, and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 7th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior young women.
Governor Northam Announces 600 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Appian (Nasdaq: APPN), a leading low-code and business process management platform provider, will invest $28.4 million to expand its headquarters operation in Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces Third Annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week
Governor Northam today issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 22-28, 2018, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be
VCU Wilder School, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to Host School Safety Forum
The VCU Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security are sponsoring a forum on school safety on Monday, April 23, that will examine how officials can best assess, investigate and resolve
Governor Northam Announces Gerber to Relocate U.S. Headquarters to Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Gerber Products Company, a leader in early childhood nutrition and subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will invest $5 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to the new U.S. corporate headquarters
Governor Northam to Throw First Pitch at Richmond Flying Squirrels’ Home Opener
Governor Ralph Northam will throw out tonight’s first pitch at the home opener for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 51 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that UDig, a consulting firm that develops technology business solutions, has invested $1.6 million to expand its IT headquarters operation in Henrico County.
March 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Are Down 3.5% From the Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections are Up 5.2%
Governor Northam announced today that, although March is not a significant month for collections, revenue decreased 3.5 percent as payroll withholding had one less deposit day than a year ago.
Governor Northam Recognizes Finalists in DMV’s License Plate Contest
Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and members of the General Assembly celebrated the eight finalists in DMV’s Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design
Governor Northam Announces Creation of the Virginia Founders Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the creation of the Virginia Founders Fund, a new seed-stage fund that increases access to venture capital in Virginia.
2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards Recipients Announced
Governor Ralph Northam recognized the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards during an awards ceremony held at the Executive Mansion yesterday evening.
Virginia Students Again Outperform Nationwide Peers on 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress
Virginia fourth graders outperformed their nationwide peers in mathematics and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Governor Northam Announces More Than $1.1 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced five regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $1,115,300.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Burdening Local Election Officials with Redundant Requirements
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed legislation that would require local election officials to investigate lists of registered voters, despite the fact that Virginia already has significant measures in place to preserve the integrity of the
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Prohibiting Local Governments from Maintaining Higher Wage Standards for Contractors
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 375, which would prohibit local governments from requiring their contractors to pay employees a higher wage than the state requires.
Governor Northam Finalizes Actions on Legislation in Advance of Reconvened Session
Governor Ralph Northam today finished his review and action on 874 bills passed by the General Assembly for his signature, amendment or veto.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation that would Divert State and Local Law Enforcement Resources for Political Purposes
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1257, which would force state and local law enforcement agencies to use resources and manpower to perform functions that should be executed by federal immigration enforcement agencies.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Regarding the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed legislation that would move certain functions of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to another agency.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Limiting Virginia’s Ability to Fight Global Warming and Create Clean Energy Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1270, which would limit the Governor’s authority to use a market-based carbon trading program to reduce carbon pollution and grow the clean energy sector.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Seeking to Change Redistricting Lines outside of Constitutional Process
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 158, which would change legislative district boundaries outside of the redistricting process prescribed by the Constitution of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Mohawk Industries to Expand in Carroll County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mohawk Industries, the leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial flooring products, will purchase new equipment and expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Vetoes Bill Overriding Local Taxing Authority
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1204, which would override Arlington County’s decision making authority with respect to how the county assesses property taxes to two country clubs. The Governor’s full veto statement is below.
Governor Northam Honors Crime Victims and Victim Advocates at Capitol Event
Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran joined crime victims and victim advocates today to recognize the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Governor Northam Announces $600,000 in Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $600,000 in competitive grants to 16 high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment for their career and technical education (CTE) programs.
Governor Northam Recognizes DMV Employees for Supporting Organ Donor Registry
As part of National Donate Life Month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam joined the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Donate Life Virginia today in honoring DMV employees for their role in signing up 92 percent of the Commonwealth’s
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Enhance Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water, and Public Health
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order 6, which instructs the Department of Environmental Quality to update outdated regulations, strengthen enforcement of Virginia’s environmental standards, identify the causes of permitting delays,
Governor Northam Announces $1.55 Million in Grants to Law Enforcement Agencies for Training and Equipment
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of $1.55 million in grants to police departments and sheriff offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Framatome Inc. to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to City of Lynchburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Framatome, a designer and supplier of nuclear steam supply system and nuclear equipment, services, and fuel for high levels of safety and performance, will relocate its North American corporate
Governors of Virginia and Maryland Announce “The Briefings”, a Conference on Preventing or Recovering from a School Crisis
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland today announced a unique training event for school and campus personnel, law enforcement and other first responders.
Governor Northam Designates April as Highway Safety Month in the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today designated April in Virginia as Highway Safety Month.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today
Danville City named Virginia’s Fifth Certified Work Ready Community
Governor Northam today announced that the City of Danville has been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) by American College Testing (ACT).
Governor Northam Designates March 29th & 30th To Honor Service of Virginia’s Vietnam War Veterans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will honor and celebrate the service of Virginia’s Vietnam War Veterans on March 29th and 30th.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.5 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. February’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
Governor Northam Announces $420,000 in Preparedness and Resilience Grants to Virginia Localities
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that nearly $420,000 will be awarded to 28 localities across the Commonwealth as part of a competitive process under the Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance Grant (SLEMPG) program
Governor Northam Introduces New Biennial Budget for April 11th Special Session
Governor Ralph Northam today unveiled the budget that he will be proposing to the Virginia General Assembly as they prepare to return to Richmond on April 11th to finish their work on the Commonwealth’s biennial spending plan.
Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in the City of Lynchburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tessy Plastics, a premier molder of custom injection molded plastic components, will invest $9.2 million to expand its manufacturing operation to accommodate a new product line in the City of Lynchburg.
Governor Northam Announces New Commercial Bakery in the City of Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Commune Bakery LLC will create five new jobs and invest $163,000 in the City of Virginia Beach to create new commercial bakery.
Governor Northam Announces 27 New Jobs in Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BioInformatics Inc., a provider of critical market intelligence to major suppliers serving the life science, analytical instrument, and clinical diagnostic markets, will invest $175,000 to expand in
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Unnecessarily Limiting State Agencies’ Negotiating Power in Litigation
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 926, which would impose arbitrary limits on contingency fees that may be charged by special counsel employed by a state agency or institution. The Governor’s veto statement is below.
Governor Northam Announces $1.7 Million Investment, 17 New Jobs in Dinwiddie County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Richlands Creamery, LLC will invest $1.7 million in Dinwiddie County to create a new commercial creamery and create seventeen new jobs over the next three years. The new creamery will be located at
Governor Northam Announces Publication Highlights Virginia’s Peer Crowd Research Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Health Education & Behavior Journal published a study that highlights Virginia’s work on using innovative “peer crowd” research to determine which teen subcultures are more at risk of engaging in
Virginia Celebrates First Women Veterans Week in the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s inaugural Women Veterans Week will be celebrated March 18-24. Women Veterans Week will be celebrated the third full week of March in succeeding years, as a time to honor the service and
Governor Northam Announces Additional Powers To Protect Virginia’s Clean Water
Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional powers to expand the Commonwealth’s ability to protect clean water. SB698 and SB699 establish processes in state law to allow the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a stop
Governor Northam Announces 12 New Jobs in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that KMR Aviation Services Inc., an aviation management company, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Bedford County. The company will purchase its 7,200-square-foot leased facility and add a new
Governor Northam Calls April 11 Special Session for General Assembly to Complete Work on State Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on April 11th to complete their work on the Commonwealth’s budget after they adjourned last week without passing a biennial
Governor Northam Announces February 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 10.9% from the Previous Year; Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.2%
Governor Northam announced today that, although February is not a significant month for collections, revenue increased 10.9 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.2 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4
Governor Northam Announces Virginia as Recipient of Smart Cities Grant
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia was been selected as a recipient of a 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant. The grant program, administered by the Smart Cities Council, sought applications from across North America and selected
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.6%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged again in January at 3.6 percent, but was down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has
Governor Northam Announces 300 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, has renewed its headquarters lease at 1850 Towers Crescent Plaza in Fairfax County
Governor Northam Statement on Regular Session Adjournment
Governor Ralph Northam today released a statement upon the adjournment of the 2018 regular legislative session.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 79 New Jobs in Lee County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that England Furniture, a manufacturer of quality upholstered furniture, will establish a manufacturing operation in Lee County at the 32,000-square-foot Lee County Industrial Building. The project will create
Governor Northam Announces 56 Local Tourism Programs to Receive Public-Private Marketing Funds to Bolster Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $840,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 56 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to
Governor Northam Announces 70 New Jobs in Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Panaceutics, a manufacturer of personalized medicine and nutrition solutions, will invest $5.8 million to establish a research and development and high-tech manufacturing facility in the Ringgold East
Governor Ralph Northam Declares State of Emergency in Response to Severe Weather
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon to address the effects of the severe weather impacting communities across the Commonwealth. The order is designed to help Virginia mitigate any damage caused by high winds and to

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