News from 2018

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2007
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in July to 3.1 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, of 3.1 percent, is the lowest rate since the August 2007 rate of 3.1 percent. In July, the labor force expanded by 7,790, which was the sixth consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,356,623, set a new record high. Household employment increased by 12,146, which was the seventh consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,223,275, also set a new record high. The number of unemployed continued to drop, declining by 4,356 to 133,348. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was down 0.1 percentage point in July to 3.9 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Public-Private Marketing Grants to Support 57 Local Tourism Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds. This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $4 million to match the VTC grants, providing more than $4.9 million in new marketing funds to increase travel to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact at least 232 other statewide tourism entities.
Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler Convenes Work Group to Promote Sustainable Growth of Virginia’s Clam and Oyster Economy
Today, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler convened the Aquaculture Work Group to develop consensus-based recommendations to promote the sustainable growth of Virginia’s clam and oyster aquaculture industries. The work group is comprised of leaders from the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, as well as diverse representatives from the shellfish industry, local governments, waterfront property owners, and the conservation community.
Governor Northam Announces Over $4.2 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500. Key members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly and the business community approved the GO Virginia regional per capita and competitive grants for projects across the Commonwealth. These grants are for projects each region identified as vital to their efforts to diversify the regional economy, strengthen their workforce and support collaborative programs between localities, public entities and private businesses.
Governor Northam Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) will make a multi-million dollar investment in new machinery at its manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The company will purchase new 10-and 20-ton overhead cranes, a new paint booth, a washer/deburrer, an automatic storage retrieval system, and new assembly workstations. Sumitomo recently built a new 72,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its former Mill Place Commerce Park location that will serve as SMA’s new Gearbox Center of Excellence.
Governor Northam, Richmond Road Runners Club to Host 5K Race, Kids Run
Governor Northam announced today registration is open for the inaugural “The Governor’s Race” 5K and “First Lady’s Kids Run.” The event is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the OnTheSquareVA employee engagement initiative, and the Richmond Road Runners Club (RRRC), with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles for Virginia’s citizens, children and state employees.
Governor Northam Announces $41.6 Million Investment, 88 New Jobs in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that InterChange Cold Storage, LLC will create 88 new jobs and invest $41.6 million in Rockingham County to build a 250,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage and blast freezing facility. The company, owned by Rockingham County-based third-party logistics provider InterChange Group, Inc., will provide cold-chain warehousing and value-added services to the region’s food and beverage manufacturers.
Governor Northam Publishes Report Reviewing Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Allegations
Today, Governor Ralph Northam released the results of a review conducted by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) into allegations of abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center (SVJC) in Augusta County.
Governor Northam Launches 17th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI Enforcement and Outreach Campaign to Combat Drunk Driving
In a news conference held today, Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles joined with local and state police to preview the upcoming period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend. Supported by the 17th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce outreach campaign, the enforcement will take place from August 17th through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically through target moments like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Violence in Charlottesville
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Interagency Task Force on Worker Misclassification and Payroll Fraud
Governor Ralph Northam today signed an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on worker misclassification and payroll fraud. The misclassification of employees as “independent contractors” undermines businesses that follow the law, deprives the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in tax revenues, and prevents workers from receiving legal protections and benefits.
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that averhealth, a health care company with nationwide substance use disorder treatment centers, will invest $325,000 to expand its headquarters in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed against Kansas and North Carolina for the project, which will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Selection of EVgo to Develop Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Notice of Intent to Award a contract to EVgo Services, LLC, to develop a statewide public electric vehicle (EV) charging network. This contract is awarded from funding that the Commonwealth was allocated through the Volkswagen mitigation settlement, and it will serve as a forward looking program that will help to meet driver needs as electric vehicle adoption rates continue to increase.
Governor Northam and City of Charlottesville Declare States of Emergency for August 10–12 Planned Events
Governor Ralph Northam and the City of Charlottesville today declared states of emergency for the Commonwealth and the city to address the potential impacts of events in and around the City of Charlottesville and outside of Washington, D.C., on August 10–12, 2018.
Governor Northam Announces $180,000 in Community Business Launch Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $180,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards for five communities in Virginia. The cities of Danville, Galax and Suffolk, as well as a joint partnership between the city of Covington and the town of Clifton Forge, will receive CBL funding to provide training to entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions that align with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts.
Governor Northam Announces $2 Million in Grants for New Youth Training and Employment Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of a $2,000,000 initiative to attract young adults in Virginia to high-demand jobs through FastForward training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges. The effort will link together proven and highly successful training, career coaching, and job placement services to address the historically challenging issue of youth employment.
Governor Northam Announces 30 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that NIBCO INC., a manufacturer of wrot copper fittings for the flow control industry, will invest $14 million to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company is investing in its infrastructure, adding new equipment and updating technology, training programs, and new product development. The project will create 30 new jobs, and 117 existing employees will be retrained on the new technology.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Demonstration Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dominion Energy is filing for State Corporation Commission (SCC) approval to proceed with construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project. Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build the demonstration project, consisting of two six-megawatt wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
Governor Northam Announces $172,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants
Governor Northam announced today $172,000 in Virginia Main Street grants, including $132,000 awarded for seven projects in the towns of Abingdon and South Boston, and the cities of Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Winchester.
Governor Northam Begins Medical Grand Rounds Tour Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam will today lead the first in a series of Grand Rounds lectures to Virginia medical students on the issue of the opioid epidemic.
Virginia Launches First-in-the-Nation Program to Connect Emergency Departments Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of Virginia’s Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program. This single, statewide technology solution connects all emergency departments in the Commonwealth, facilitating near real-time communication and collaboration among health care providers, health plans, clinical and care management personnel for patients receiving emergency medical services.
Governor Northam Announces Southwest Virginia’s First Cidery Locating in Downtown Norton
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sugar Hill Cidery, LLC will locate a new hard cider production facility and restaurant in the city of Norton’s revitalizing downtown. The cidery is a sister company of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant operating in downtown St. Paul.
Governor Northam Announces Over $1.4 Million in Industrial Revitalization Fund Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $1,440,000 in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) awards for Middlesex County and the cities of Newport News and Norton. The IRF program provides gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities.
Governor Northam Announces 212 New Jobs in Henry County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Press Glass, the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County. Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county’s Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 212 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
EPA Assessment of Virginia’s Efforts on Chesapeake Bay Restoration Shows Progress
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 evaluation of Virginia’s milestone achievements in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia achieved its mid-point, or 2017, goals for reducing both nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, with additional effort identified for the sediment pollution goals.
Governor Northam Announces New Solar Project in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a permit for Urban Grid Solar to construct and operate a new solar facility, Briel Farm Solar, LLC, on approximately 230 acres in Henrico County. The 20 megawatt (MW) project will supply enough electricity to power more than 5,000 homes.
Governor Northam Announces 135 New Jobs in City of Manassas
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Aurora Flight Sciences, a pioneer in unmanned aircraft and autonomous flight, will invest more than $13.75 million to expand its operation in the City of Manassas. The company, which was acquired by The Boeing Company in 2017 and is headquartered in Manassas, plans to build a robotics and integration facility that will consist of a manufacturing unit, a research and development lab, a hangar, and office space. The project will create 135 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Cascades’ Project to Invest $275 Million in Hanover County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a Canadian leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and paper tissue products, plan to invest $275 million to establish a lightweight recycled containerboard operation in the former Bear Island Paper Mill in Hanover County. The project will create 140 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Grant to Enhance Virginia’s Brain Injury Services
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a three-year, $900,000 federal grant awarded to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to enhance access to services and supports for Virginians with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Virginia Selects Globally Recognized Team to Support Offshore Wind Industry Development
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has selected BVG Associates to help develop strategies to strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry to the Commonwealth. The firm’s work will build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the Commonwealth’s port assets and maritime workforce.
Governor Northam Announces Record Year in Unclaimed Property Paid Out to Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program returned a record $79 million in property to owners during the 2018 fiscal year, $16.6 million more than the previous highest return in 2015. Over 139,000 asset accounts were paid out during the 2018 fiscal year, representing a 77% increase over the previous fiscal year.
Additional $1.3 Million Available to Virginia Localities in School Resource Officer Incentive Grants
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that localities can apply for an additional $1.3 million in School Resource Officer Incentive Grants. The Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, housed within Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), has released a grant solicitation for localities to apply for a one-time, twelve-month grant to fund school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Selected for NGA “Smarter States, Smarter Communities” Learning Lab
Governor Ralph Northam today announced Virginia’s selection to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ (NGA Center) "Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab." Virginia, along with Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Colorado, will participate in a tailored, three-day learning lab to facilitate smart community development on the state level.
Governor Northam Announces Speyside Bourbon Cooperage to Establish Operations in Smyth and Washington Counties
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. will invest $26 million to establish a bourbon barrel cooperage in Smyth County and $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County. The stave mill will supply the company’s new Smyth County cooperage, and the two operations will ramp up simultaneously. Virginia successfully competed against West Virginia for the projects, which will create 125 new jobs in Smyth County and 35 new jobs in Washington County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 3.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in June at 3.2 percent, but was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Statement on General Assembly’s Opportunity to End Racial Gerrymandering
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to expend more taxpayer resources appealing a federal court’s ruling striking down 11 unconstitutional racially gerrymandered House of Delegates districts.
Governor Northam Announces Blue Ridge Optics to Invest in New Product Line in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Blue Ridge Optics, an industry leader in the fabrication, polishing and coating of optical components, will invest $750,000 to develop a new product line in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County.
Governor Northam Establishes Work Group on Student Safety
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of the Work Group on Student Safety. The work group will be co-chaired by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. It is comprised of educators, school personnel, public safety officials, mental health practitioners, and community partners.
Virginia Launches Regional Cyber Workshop Series to Strengthen Local Coordination Against Cyber Threats
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the Regional Cyber Security Workshop Series focused on building partnerships with local governments on cyber security.
Governor Northam Announces New UK Distribution Partnership for Virginia Craft Brewery
LONDON—During a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new UK distribution partnership for Port City Brewing Company, resulting in new international sales for the Alexandria brewery. The partnership with American Craft Beer Company, a UK-based representative of craft breweries from the United States, will bring Port City beer to the United Kingdom for the first time.
Governor Northam Designates July 15–21 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 15–21, 2018 as Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week in Virginia. Pretrial services and probation and parole agencies are a vital part of Virginia’s criminal justice system. These agencies use data-informed and evidence-based policies to enhance public safety by reducing recidivism and increasing the rate of court appearances.
Governor Northam Announces 45 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Excivity, a developer of custom software and hardware technologies, will invest approximately $392,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County. The company will add 7,000 square feet of office space to support its growing technology development business line, as well as additional software developers, quality assurance specialists, and DevOps gurus. The project will create 45 new jobs.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Europe
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to Europe from July 15–20, 2018. The Governor will be accompanied by First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, as well as representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Over $3.6 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $3.6 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for seven projects across Virginia. The seven funded projects will create or preserve 287 affordable housing units, targeting low-income and very low-income Virginians.
Governor Northam Awards High School Innovation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded high school innovation grants to 10 school divisions to develop or implement programs that align with graduation requirements and emphasize personalized learning and the use of performance assessments to measure student achievement. The grants are for the 2018-2019 school year.
Virginia General Ends Fiscal Year 2018 with $551.9 Million Surplus as General Fund Revenue Collections Increase 6.3%
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Commonwealth of Virginia reached the end of fiscal year 2018 with a revenue surplus of approximately $551.9 million.
Governor Northam Announces $6.5 Million Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Smyth Companies, a leader in the printing and packaging industry, has invested $6.5 million in new equipment at its printing operation in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County.
Governor Northam Announces SAIC to Create 75 New Jobs in Richmond, Retain Over 400 Employees Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 75 new information technology (IT) jobs in downtown Richmond and retain over 400 jobs in existing locations across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Companies Increase International Sales through Commonwealth’s Premier Exporting Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 13 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. The graduating companies increased international sales by an average of 82 percent during their two years in the program. The VALET program now has 267 graduates.
Governor Northam Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time. The news was delivered at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held in Richmond today. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of K-12 public education programs.
CNBC Ranks Virginia as Fourth Top State in Nation for Business
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement celebrating CNBC’s upgraded ranking of Virginia as the fourth top state in the nation for doing business. CNBC ranked the Commonwealth as the seventh best state in 2017.
Governor Northam Announces Auxiliary Systems Inc. to Expand in the City of Norfolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Auxiliary Systems Inc., an auxiliary system manufacturer for commercial and government clients in the marine industry, will invest $220,000 to upgrade its water jet cutting machine in the City of Norfolk. Sixty-five of the company’s existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs, $3.76 Million Investment in Scott County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Top Timber Products, LLC will invest $3.76 million into a long-abandoned industrial building in the Town of Dungannon. The project will expand the company’s wood chipping operations and add a new sawmill and dry kiln capacity.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Meadery in the City of Hopewell
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Haley’s Honey Meadery, LLC, a producer of honey wine, is opening a new Virginia farm winery licensed facility in the City of Hopewell’s revitalizing downtown. Over the next three years, the project will create four new jobs, bring an additional $85,000 in new investment to a renovated historic commercial building, and purchase almost $120,000 in Virginia-sourced honey.
Governor Northam Announces IMS Gear to Invest $1.05 Million in the City of Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that IMS Gear, a German-based manufacturer of automotive equipment, will invest $1.05 million to upgrade its CNC cutting machine in the City of Virginia Beach. The company’s 115 existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).
Governor Northam and Board of Education Announce 2018 Virginia Index of Performance Awards
Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced today that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.
Governor Northam Statement on Federal Court Redistricting Ruling
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement regarding a federal court ruling ordering the Virginia General Assembly to redraw eleven districts that are in violation of the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause by October 30, 2018.
Governor Northam Issues Executive Orders on Paid Parental Leave and Child Care Options for State Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today signed two Executive Orders to support the state workforce on the job and at home by authorizing paid leave for new parents, and by creating the Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care to study child care and early learning options for state employees with young children.
Governor Northam Announces “Build Virginia” to Bolster Workforce Development System Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the Commonwealth with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades.
Governor Northam Announces Partnership to Promote Hiring at Newport News Shipbuilding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia is initiating a unique partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to support a major hiring initiative. Newport News Shipbuilding anticipates hiring almost 7,000 people, including the creation of 2,000 new jobs, in the City of Newport News over the next five years.
Governor Northam Announces 190 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dominion Outsourcing LLC, a provider of outsourced services for the healthcare industry, will invest $370,000 to expand its client engagement center in Henrico County. The project will create 190 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Opening of Weekly Farmers Market on Capitol Square
Governor Northam announced today the opening of a weekly farmers market on Capitol Square as part of the OnTheSquareVA state employee engagement initiative.
Governor Northam Announces Magnets USA to Invest $1.5 Million in Roanoke County Operation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Magnets USA, a manufacturer of primarily magnetic and paper promotional products, will invest $1.5 million in its operation in Roanoke County. The company has already purchased state-of-the-art equipment to increase capacity, including a digital press, laser engraver, and a customized enterprise resource planning system that will replace all of its current processes.
First Lady Pamela Northam Launches New Early Childhood Education Initiative
First Lady Pamela Northam today announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces New Tourism Development Financing Project in Hampton
Today, Governor Northam announced that more than $17.3 million will be invested in the City of Hampton to establish the Starwood Hotels and Resorts® | Element® Hotel, creating 22 new jobs and spurring approximately $2 million in annual direct economic impact from traveler spending.
Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that ComSonics, Inc., a world-class design, manufacturing, sales, and repair solutions provider for electronics and fiber optics, will invest $615,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Augusta County.
Governor Northam Recalls Virginia National Guard Troops from U.S. Southwest Border
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement after he ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. Southwest border in response to the federal government’s enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.2 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces $50 Million in Grant Awards to Localities, State Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations to Support Programs Across Virginia’s Criminal Justice System
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that $50 million in funds administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) were awarded to localities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to benefit Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Governor Northam Announces $1.265 Million in Grants to Localities for School Resource Officer and School Security Officer Positions
Governor Ralph Northam announced today the award of grants totaling $1.265 million to localities throughout the Commonwealth that will fund school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions at elementary, middle, and high schools.
Governor Northam Announces 240 New Jobs in Loudoun County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Discovery, Inc., an American media company and a worldwide leader in real life entertainment, intends to invest $16 million to expand its global technology and operations hub in Loudoun County.
Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress to Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation
Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed a letter with a coalition of Governors from coastal states, urging Congressional leadership to reject legislation that would punish states for seeking to block offshore drilling and protect their coasts.
Governor Northam Announces Over $579,000 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $579,472.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
May 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 1.4% From the Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.1%
Governor Northam announced today that May revenue collections increased 1.4 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.1 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4 percent growth.
"Wonder Woman 1984" to Film in Northern Virginia
Governor Northam announced today that the follow-up to Warner Bros. Pictures and DC’s hugely successful "Wonder Woman," titled "Wonder Woman 1984," will film for several weeks in the Alexandria area this summer.
Governor Northam Announces Free Admission to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ “Napoleon: Power and Splendor” for State Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Commonwealth of Virginia employees can receive free admission to “Napoleon: Power and Splendor”, an international loan exhibition on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) through September 3, 2018.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on S&P Global Ratings’ Upgrade of Virginia’s Financial Outlook
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement regarding S&P Global Ratings’ move to affirm Virginia’s AAA bond rating and upgrade the Commonwealth’s financial outlook to stable.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs 2018–2020 Biennial Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today signed two bills that fund state government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and all of Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. The budget Governor Northam signed increases health care access for up to 400,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid and makes significant investments in core economic priorities like education, workforce training, mental health services, and pay raises for teachers as well as state and state-supported local employees, including law enforcement professionals.
Governor Northam Announces $1.9 Million Troops to Teachers Grant
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to expand the Commonwealth’s efforts to recruit retired and retiring veterans for second careers as teachers.
Governor Northam Engages Local Communities in Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off a new phase of Virginia’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Working with local communities, elected officials and technical experts, Virginia will prepare a third phase of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan to ensure that pollution control measures to reduce excess nutrients and soil runoff are in place no later than 2025.
Governor Northam Announces FY2018 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards
Governor Ralph Northam announced today nearly $2.7 million in funding in support of 34 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards. The projects represent exciting advancements in six industries: biosciences and medical technologies, cyber security, clean energy, water quality, data analytics and unmanned systems.
Governor Northam Announces Recipients of 2018 Governor’s Awards for Public Service
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Public Service Awards during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion. The awards honor state employees in seven categories who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs in the City of Covington
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SchaeferRolls, Inc., a producer of polymer-based roll covers and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, will invest $12 million to establish a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in the City of Covington.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
State Historical Highway Marker Honoring Richard and Mildred Loving to be Dedicated in Caroline County
A historical marker will be dedicated this weekend in Caroline County in honor of county natives Richard and Mildred Loving whose lawsuit, Loving v. Virginia, challenged Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act and resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 that overturned all state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Governor Northam Announces the Virginia Department of Defense Contract Spending Impact Tool
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the release of the latest update of the Virginia Department of Defense (DoD) Contract Spending Impact Tool, featuring supply-chain mapping of DoD contract awards.
Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs, Nearly $1 Million Investment in Northampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that New Ravenna, a designer and manufacturer of tiles for custom residential and commercial installations, will invest more than $900,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Northampton County. The project will create 31 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Critical Aid Awarded to City of Lynchburg for Tornado Damage
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s request for financial assistance to aid citizens impacted by the April 15 tornadoes in the City of Lynchburg has been approved, making low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) available to help residents and business owners rebuild from storm damage.
Governor Northam Urges Coastal Virginians to Prepare Now for Hurricane Season and ‘Know Your Zone’ for Safer Hurricane Evacuations
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today reminded coastal Virginia residents that the 2018 hurricane season begins June 1 and the time to prepare is now.
Governor Northam Announces 18 New Jobs in Hanover County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Delta Pure Filtration, LLC, a manufacturer of cartridge filters and systems for water and various process fluids, will invest $2 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Hanover County.
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program Participants
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program participants.
Governor Northam Statement on Biennial Budget that Expands Health Care and Invests in a Stronger Economy
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the General Assembly’s passage of a budget that includes Medicaid expansion, which will increase healthcare access for up to 400,000 Virginians.
Governor Northam Statement on Virginia Senate’s Budget Passage
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the Virginia Senate’s passage of a budget that includes Medicaid expansion.
Governor Northam Announces $2.45 Million Expansion, 60 New Jobs in Orange County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Homestead Building Systems, Inc. will invest $2,450,000 to expand its production operation and create 60 new jobs in Orange County.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Provides US, Inc., a manufacturer of heat exchangers, will invest $897,000 to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company has secured 50,000 square feet of additional production space, and will install new equipment to meet increased demand. The project will create 20 new jobs.
Governor Northam Issues Proclamation Recognizing Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation recognizing May 31 as Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Federal Designation of 212 Qualified Opportunity Zones
Governor Northam today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury has officially designated 212 Virginia Qualified Opportunity Zones. Governor Northam submitted 212 nominations in April, which represented the maximum number of zones the Governor was able to nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.
Governor Northam Appoints Dr. James Lane as State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he has appointed Dr. James Lane as Virginia’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Governor Northam Statement on Virginia Senate Budget Process
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today on the ongoing discussions in the Senate of Virginia about the state budget.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Issues a Request for Proposals to Support Offshore Wind Industry Development
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has posted a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified contractors to help deploy strategies that will strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry to the Commonwealth.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
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 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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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 Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
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 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
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
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
Governor Northam’s Letter to General Assembly Budget Conferees
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent the following letter to the General Assembly Budget conferees outlining his position with respect to ongoing negotiations on the state budget.
Governor Northam Recognizes Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized 12 Virginia educators as recipients of the 32nd annual Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. The annual Outstanding Faculty Award program is administered by the
Governor Northam Announces King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage As the 2018 Governor’s Cup Winner
Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the 2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor's Cup to King Family Vineyards for its 2014 Meritage. Like all wines entered in the competition it is made from 100 percent Virginia fruit.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia State Parks Stimulate More Than $226 Million in Visitor Spending in 2017
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia State Parks helped stimulate more than $226 million in visitor spending in 2017, including $104 million by out-of-state visitors.
Governor Northam Announces $4.85 Million Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Innovairre Communications, LLC, a global manufacturer of direct mail fundraising campaign materials for the nonprofit community, will invest $4.85 million to add state-of-the-art digital printing equipment
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Selected for National Governor’s Association Project To Combat Opioid Crisis
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Governor’s Association (NGA) selected Virginia to participate in a learning lab on state strategies for addressing infectious diseases related to substance use. This learning lab is an
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Named Top State in Annual Workforce Development Rankings
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia rose from second to first in the Atlantic region in a recent analysis of state workforce development activities conducted by Site Selection Magazine. Among the eight states that were ranked,
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $6.5 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $6.5 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans for ten projects in ten localities across the Commonwealth. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation
Governor Northam Statement on Single Public Meeting in Virginia to Discuss Offshore Drilling Plan
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today reiterating his opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters and calling on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to host
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Old Hill Cider will expand operations at the company’s hard cidery in Rockingham County, creating five new jobs and $500,000 in new capital investment. The cidery, co-located with Showalter’s Orchard &
Governor Northam Statement on Expanded Health Coverage in House Budget Proposal
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today after the House Appropriations Committee released its amendments to the 2018-20 Biennial Budget.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program
Governor Ralph Northam announced today the launch of the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Governor’s Fellows Program offers graduate students, rising college seniors, and graduating college seniors the opportunity to experience firsthand the
Governor Northam Announces $1 Million Investment in Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc. (EPM), a custom plywood manufacturer, will invest $1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County. EPM will move to a 55,000-square-foot facility
Governor Ralph Northam Announces 2018 Outstanding STEM Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti today announced the 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients. Six individuals were selected for their scientific contributions which help strengthen Virginia’s
Governor Northam Urges General Assembly to Protect Virginia’s Fishing Resources and Industries
Today Governor Ralph Northam introduced legislation that would bring Virginia into compliance with management decisions made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) with respect to menhaden fishing.
Governor Northam Announces 60 New Jobs in Giles County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cogar Manufacturing, a manufacturer of material handling equipment primarily for the natural resource industries, will invest $2.5 million to relocate its manufacturing operation from Beckley, West
Governor Northam Announces $2,618,150 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced nine regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia). Key members of the Governor’s Cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community approved $2,618,150 in GO
Governor Northam Announces January 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 5.1% From The Previous Year And Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 5.8%
Governor Northam announced today that January General Fund revenues rose 5.1 percent from the previous January – largely due to payroll withholding.
Governor Northam Statement on Progress of Legislative Session at ‘Crossover’
Governor Ralph Northam today released a statement at the midpoint of the 2018 legislative session.
First Lady Pam Northam Announces Findings of New Report Showing Historic Preservation Tax Credits Boost Virginia’s Economy
During an annual legislative reception hosted last week, First Lady Pam Northam highlighted the findings of two just-completed studies that show the sustained and substantial contribution preservation makes to Virginia’s economy through the
Governor Northam Announces New Solar Project in Gloucester County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a permit for Strata Solar Development to construct and operate a new solar facility, Gloucester Solar, LLC, in Gloucester County. The 19.8 megawatt (MW)
Governor Northam Announces Homeland Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios Slated to Have Record Impact on Virginia’s Economy
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME drama Homeland, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, is on track to produce an estimated $45 million in direct spending in the Commonwealth, representing the largest
Governor Northam and Speaker Cox Announce Bipartisan Compromise on Grand Larceny Threshold and Legislation to Protect Crime Victims
Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, and Senator Mark Obenshain announced today a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold and adopt into law legislation to ensure that crime victims are paid the
Governor Northam Announces Becker Global-America to Invest in New Equipment in Washington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Becker Global-America, a designer and manufacturer of custom electrical equipment for mining, industrial military, and export markets, will invest $150,000 to purchase new equipment and diversify its
Governor Northam Announces $440,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that groups seeking to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals for grants up to $60,000 per project. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Governor Northam Announces $4.8 Million Investment in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lighthouse Instruments, a world leader in laser test and measurement systems for pharmaceutical process monitoring, will invest $4.8 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Albemarle County. The
Governor Northam and Speaker Cox Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Regulatory Reform
Governor Ralph Northam and House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox today announced bipartisan legislation that will implement a regulatory reduction pilot program to remove burdensome and unnecessary regulatory requirements facing hard working
Governor Northam Statement on Rate Freeze Repeal Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on pending legislation to repeal the freeze on utility.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Franklin County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Chaos Mountain Brewing, LLC will create five new jobs and invest $250,000 at the company’s craft brewery in Franklin County. The company will add new production capacity and packaging equipment to meet
Governor Northam to Co-Host 10th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 5 in Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 10th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on March 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The two-day conference is co-hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and
Governor Northam Announces Availability of $1 Million in Grant Funds to Support Law Enforcement
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1 million in grant funds are available to support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to upgrade their technology and equipment, enhance officer recruitment and training, reduce opioid overdose deaths, and
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program Now Interoperable With North Carolina
Governor Ralph Northam today announced interconnectivity between the Commonwealth's secure Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database and North Carolina's Controlled Substance Reporting System, RxSentry. As a result, pharmacists and prescribers
Virginia Notifies FAMIS Recipients that Coverage will Continue Following CHIP Reauthorization
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services will begin notifying Virginians who benefit from the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) program that their coverage will continue
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Join the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science
Governor Northam released the below statement following the announcement that Virginia will join the Governor’s Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a bipartisan group of state leaders who are committed to expanding access in K-12 computer science
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 3.7 %
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 3.7 percent, but was down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to
Governor Northam Statement on Federal Government Shutdown
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today after Congress’ failure to pass a measure to outline a long-term funding solution for the federal government and prevent a shutdown.
Governor Northam Announces Northern Virginia Selected as One of 20 Contenders for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has selected Northern Virginia as a candidate for its second North American headquarters. In September, the e-commerce giant released a public request for proposal seeking a
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Companies Increase International Sales through Commonwealth’s Premier Exporting Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 13 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, touting impressive results as they successfully exported products and services overseas.
Governor Ralph Northam Delivers Address to the Joint Assembly
"Speaker Cox, Senator Newman, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, Justices of the Supreme Court, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, thank you for inviting me to speak with you this evening."
Governor Ralph Northam Delivers Inaugural Address
Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Fairfax, Attorney General Herring, Members of the General Assembly, Justices of the Supreme Court, Judge Tyler, honored guests, Pam, Aubrey, and Wes, my fellow Virginians.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs Executive Order Number Three
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Number Three giving his Chief of Staff the power to declare a state of emergency, to call the Virginia National Guard to active service for emergencies or disasters, and to declare the Governor
Governor Ralph Northam Signs Executive Order Number Two
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Number Two designating certain powers to his Chief of Staff in the event of a state emergency where the Governor is incapacitated or cannot be reached.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs Executive Order Number One
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Number One at the Virginia State Capitol, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced at Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax key appointments within the Commerce and Trade secretariat and his plans for restructuring the Technology secretariat.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Statement on Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan
Governor-elect Ralph Northam released the following statement today following the Trump administration’s announcement it will expand offshore drilling off all U.S. waters, with potential to affect Virginia’s coast.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced at Richmond Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in Ashland that Megan Healy will join his administration as Chief Workforce Development Advisor.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Today at Beville Middle School in Dale City, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced Prince William County Public School teacher and Marine Corps veteran Atif Qarni will join the Northam administration as the next Secretary of Education.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Today at the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced that Dr. Daniel Carey will join the Northam administration as the next Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Today at Fire Station #17 in Richmond, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced that current Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will continue his service as part of the incoming administration.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced his selections for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Secretary of Natural Resources.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Transportation Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon his selection of Shannon Valentine as Virginia’s next Secretary of Transportation.