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News from 2018

Governor Northam Announces Major New Produce Packing Facility in Brunswick County
Governor Northam today announced Southern Virginia Vegetable Packing, LLC has partnered with Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority to construct a new, 45,000 square-foot, $4.2 million produce processing and packing facility.
Governor Northam Announces Plastic Company to Expand in Rockingham County, Creating 92 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Industrial Plastics, Inc., a plastic thermoforming and fabrication company, plans to invest more than $6.5 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Rockingham County. This project will create 92 new jobs.
Governor Northam Launches Jobs and Investment Tour
Governor Northam today announced the start of a 12-day Jobs and Investment Tour. The Commonwealth-wide swing will begin today in Alberta and conclude on October 4 as Virginia hosts 13 states in St. Paul for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Conference.
Governor Northam Announces All Virginia School Divisions Open for Full In-Person Instruction
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as of this week, all of Virginia’s 132 school divisions are now open for full-time, in-person learning. The announcement comes as First Lady Pamela Northam concludes her annual Back to School Tour, during which she has visited 28 schools, 26 school divisions, and all eight superintendent regions. The Northam administration has prioritized safe in-person instruction for the Commonwealth’s 1.2 million public school students.
Governor Northam Announces New Grant Program Supporting Local Food and Farming Infrastructure
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets, and food hubs. It is a new component of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.
Governor Northam Appoints Ann Jennings as Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources
Governor Ralph Northam today appointed Ann Jennings as the new Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $2.5 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants for Virginia Communities
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will receive more than $2.5 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The funding will support broadband infrastructure expansion, workforce development, and job growth efforts through economic development initiatives.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops for 15 Straight Months, to 4.0 Percent in August
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in August, 3.0 percentage points below the rate from one year ago.
Governor Northam Announces Veterans Telehealth Partnership in Southside
Governor Northam today announced veterans in Southside will gain easy access to quality healthcare through a pilot telehealth service located in Martinsville.
Governor Northam Announces Production of ‘Raymond and Ray’ in Virginia
The Governor today announced that the feature film Raymond and Ray, from Apple Original Films, will shoot in Central Virginia this fall. The film stars Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood) and Ewan McGregor (Halston, Fargo).
Governor Northam and the First Lady Announce 2021 Women in Innovation Conference
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the Commonwealth’s second annual Women in Innovation conference will be held September 22. It is presented by the Secretary of Administration in collaboration with the Virginia Information Technology Agency Innovation Program. This year’s conference is an opportunity to uplift women innovators and celebrate the groundbreaking women who paved the way.
Governor Northam Announces Recipients of the 2021 Governor's Honor Awards
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam today announced the recipients of the 2021 Governor's Honor Awards at an Executive Mansion ceremony. The Governor presented the awards to employees who consistently demonstrate exemplary service and commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia. There were 11 award categories and 15 total recipients.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month
Governor Ralph Northam today proclaimed September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.
Governor Northam Announces Service Center Metals to Invest $101.7 Million in Prince George County, Creating 94 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Service Center Metals, a manufacturer of aluminum extrusions, will invest more than $100 million to expand in Prince George County. The company will construct two new facilities, an aluminum extrusion plant and a Compact Remelt plant, in Crosspointe Centre. The facilities will increase production capacity to meet customer demand. Virginia successfully competed with Tennessee for the project, which will create 94 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces EarthLink to Create 285 New Jobs in Norton
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that EarthLink, a leading high-speed internet service provider, will invest $5.4 million to establish a major customer support center in Norton. The company is in the process of returning its customer service operations to the United States and will construct a new, 30,000-square-foot facility at the 200-acre Project Intersection development at the northeast junction of U.S. 23 and U.S. Highway 58 in Norton. Virginia successfully competed to win the project, which will create 285 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Aerospace Company to Expand in Newport News, Create 211 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aery Aviation, LLC, a full-service commercial and government services provider to the aerospace industry, will invest $15.3 million to expand its global headquarters in Newport News. The company will construct a new, 60,000-square-foot hangar facility with access to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport runway and an engineering technology center to expand capabilities in maintenance and modification services for its clients. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, and West Virginia for the project, which will create 211 new jobs.
Virginia Releases August 2021 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 18.9 percent in August.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam and Congressman Griffith Announce Eight Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants
Governor Ralph Northam and Congressman Morgan Griffith today announced eight new projects to receive funding from Virginia’s Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization grant program. The program is administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and is designed to boost the local economies of Virginia’s coalfield region. The agency received $10 million in 2020 to develop Abandoned Mine Land sites, thanks to an amendment that Congressman Griffith secured in the 2017 Federal Omnibus Funding Bill.
Task Force Recommends Tools to Help Schools Adopt Culturally and Religiously Inclusive Holidays and Dietary Practices
Governor Ralph Northam today received the final report of the Task Force on Culturally Inclusive School Meals and Calendars after sharing a meal with task force members, educators, and students at Beville Middle School.
Governor Northam Announces CAVA to Establish Production and Packaging Operation in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CAVA, a Washington, D.C.-based fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant chain, will invest over $30 million to establish a new processing and packaging operation in Augusta County. The company will construct a 57,000-square-foot facility in Mill Place Commerce Park. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 52 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Digital Marketing Company to Relocate Headquarters to City of Danville
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Kegerreis Digital Marketing, an integrated marketing and analytics company, will invest $1.7 million to relocate its headquarters from Pennsylvania to the City of Danville. Virginia successfully competed with Pennsylvania and North Carolina for the project, which will create 62 new jobs.
Governor Northam Statement on Removal of Lee Monument
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement after the Robert E. Lee Monument was officially removed.
Governor Northam Announces Artifacts for New Time Capsule
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the artifacts for the new time capsule, crafted by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale. The capsule will be placed in the concrete pedestal of Richmond’s Lee Monument.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Department of Forensic Science Achieves 15,000th DNA Data Bank Hit
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the Department of Forensic Science reached its 15,000th DNA Data Bank “hit.” This is a significant milestone in the history of the Data Bank, which was created in Virginia in 1989.
Governor Northam Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Lee Monument Case
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement after the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the Commonwealth’s favor in Taylor v. Northam and Gregory v. Northam, affirming the Commonwealth’s authority to remove the Robert E. Lee Monument. The rulings clear the way for Virginia to remove the statue, the largest confederate monument in the South.
Governor Northam Announces Nation’s First State-Led Supply Chain Optimization Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the nation’s first official state-led Supply Chain Optimization Program. As outlined in the International Trade Strategic Plan for Virginia, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s new program is designed to help Virginia businesses streamline their supply chain management and boost their global competitiveness. Companies accepted into the program will receive counseling, strategy development, and training resources from international trade experts to improve performance and reduce costs.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Response to Tropical Depression Ida
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency to respond to impacts from Tropical Depression Ida, which is expected to cause heavy rains and flooding in parts of Southwest Virginia. Localities in the region have already experienced heavy rainfall in recent days, leading to flash floods and complicating storm preparation efforts.
Governor Northam Grants Posthumous Pardons for ‘Martinsville Seven’ 70 Years After Unjust Executions
Governor Ralph Northam today granted posthumous pardons for the Martinsville Seven, a group of young Black men executed by the Commonwealth for alleged rape of a white woman in 1951. While these pardons do not address the guilt of the seven, they serve as recognition from the Commonwealth that these men were tried without adequate due process and received a racially-biased death sentence not similarly applied to white defendants.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Congratulates Offshore Wind Conference Participants, Domestic and International Partners
Governor Ralph Northam congratulates the Business Network for Offshore Wind and participants at its International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, a three-day global conference held in Virginia’s capital city with more than 1,300 attendees. The conference marked the culmination of months-long efforts between the Commonwealth and many international and domestic partners across the public and private sectors to position Virginia as a national leader in the offshore wind industry. Over 620 companies from the U.S. and overseas were represented at the conference.
Governor Northam Announces Maritime Support Services Company to Expand in the City of Chesapeake, Adding 166 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Prism Maritime LLC, a full-service provider of maritime support services to the U.S. government, will invest $4 million to expand in the City of Chesapeake. The company will construct two new 12,000-square-foot facilities to be used for manufacturing, lab, and storage space in the Greenbrier North Commerce Park. Virginia successfully competed with California for the project, which will create 166 new jobs.
Virginia Launches 20th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI Enforcement and Public Education Campaign
Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off the Commonwealth’s 20th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement and public education campaign. The enforcement aspect of the traffic safety campaign will take place from August 20 through Labor Day weekend and resume throughout the 2021 winter holiday season.
Governor Northam Announces Tyson Foods to Create More than 375 New Jobs in Danville-Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world’s largest food companies, will invest $300 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre, an industrial park jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The company will construct a 325,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility and is committing to purchase 60 million pounds of Virginia-grown chicken over the next three years. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 376 new jobs.
Governor Northam and Dominion Energy Announce Agreement to Propel Offshore Wind Industry in Virginia
Governor Northam announced that the Port of Virginia has reached an agreement to lease a portion of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion Energy—dramatically accelerating the largest commercial clean energy offshore wind development in the United States and creating a place in Virginia for a new American industry to emerge.
Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia Repatriate Historic African American Gravestones
Generations after gravestones were wrongly removed from a Washington, D.C., cemetery and dumped to control erosion on the Potomac River, Governor Ralph S. Northam of Virginia, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser today joined descendants to begin the process of honoring their family members by returning the gravestones to a proper memorial site.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.2 Percent in July
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in July, which is 3.7 percentage points below the rate from one year ago. The labor force expanded by 7,818 to 4,241,686, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 7,595. The number of employed residents rose to 4,065,473, an increase of 15,413. In July 2021, Virginia saw over-the-year job gains of 3.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 5.4 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Wood Products Expansions in Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Woodgrain Inc., a manufacturer of wood moulding and trim, will invest nearly $9 million to expand its operations in Smyth County and invest more than $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber sawmill in Grayson County. These projects will create 100 new jobs, save 80 existing jobs, and increase purchases of Virginia-grown forest products.
Governor Northam Announces Grants to Replace 83 Diesel School Buses with Clean Alternatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $10.5 million in funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, to replace 83 diesel school buses with electric and propane buses in 19 school districts across Commonwealth. By providing funds for clean school buses, the Department of Environmental Quality will help Virginia achieve clean energy goals, reduce air pollution, and mitigate climate change. The grant that provides the money for this initiative came from a Trust funded by the Volkswagen settlement that is working to reduce emissions and support environmental programs.
In Annual Revenue Speech, Governor Northam Highlights Historic $2.6 Billion Surplus, Record Reserve Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today addressed a Joint Meeting of the Senate Finance and Appropriations, House Appropriations, and House Finance Committees, where he highlighted Virginia’s record budget surplus and roaring economic outlook.
Governor Announces Historic Enrollment in Early Childhood Education Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that increased investment in Virginia’s two largest state-funded preschool programs is expected to result in historic enrollment for the upcoming school year. The Commonwealth has authorized $151.6 million to Virginia Preschool Initiative and Mixed Delivery in fiscal year 2022, a $60.9 million increase from the previous school year and more than twice the investment made in fiscal year 2018. As a result, the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia Preschool Initiative and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s Mixed Delivery Preschool Grant Program anticipate serving more than 25,000 three and four-year-olds this fall, as employers reopen and students safely return to in-person instruction.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Public Health Order to Require Universal Masking in K-12 Schools
Governor Northam today announced a Public Health Emergency Order requiring universal masking in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools. This order reinforces current state law, which requires Virginia schools adhere to mitigation strategies outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of July 28, CDC guidelines include universal masking for all students, teachers, and staff. SB 1303 was passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the General Assembly earlier this year.
Governor Northam Announces 63 New Jobs in Pulaski County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Patton Logistics Group will invest $11 million to expand its trucking, logistics, and warehousing operation in the New River Valley Commerce Park in Pulaski County. The company will expand its newly-constructed 250,000-square-foot logistics center by an additional 150,000 square feet. This expansion will include a trucking operations and maintenance center that will provide the infrastructure to support a future investment in electric trucks. Virginia successfully competed with Pennsylvania for the expansion project, which will create 63 new jobs. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball attended the announcement today in Dublin, Virginia.
Governor Northam Statement on the Fourth Anniversary of Violence in Charlottesville
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement marking the four-year anniversary of deadly violence in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Announces 64 Tourism Initiatives Receive Funding to Expedite Recovery and Economic Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $861,080 in matching grants were awarded to 64 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program. VTC revised its traditional Marketing Leverage Program to create this recovery program in an effort to support tourism initiatives as they respond to, and recover from, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Successfully Launches Sixteenth Resupply Mission to International Space Station
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and Northrop Grumman celebrate the successful launch of the 16th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The mission, named NG-16, launched today at 6:01 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is carrying approximately 8,200 pounds of cargo including crew supplies, hardware, and scientific research to support long-term space exploration missions, lunar habitats, and safe reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Governor Northam Releases Statement on Approval of American Rescue Plan Funding
Governor Northam today released the following statement on the passage of HB 7001, which distributes $4.3 billion in federal assistance from the American Rescue Plan.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Composite Manufacturer to Expand in Frederick County, Creating 84 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Evolve Services, Inc., a producer of composite productions and reproductions, will invest $1.25 million to expand its operation in Frederick County. The company will enlarge the plant by adding a second production line, tripling its facility space, and increasing production for its major customers, which include 84 Lumber, Lansing Building Products, ABC Supply, BFS, and Home Depot. The project will create 84 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Robotics Software Startup to Expand in Norfolk, Creating 37 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SVT Robotics, a Norfolk-based software company that accelerates the deployment of industrial robotics, will invest $101,400 to expand its operation at 730 West 20th Street in the City of Norfolk. The company will construct a laboratory to house robotic equipment used to demonstrate its proprietary SOFTBOT™ Platform’s capabilities for clients and industrial robotic manufacturers. Virginia reinforced its position as America’s Top State for Business by successfully competing with California and Texas for the project, which will create 37 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for State Workers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will require its state workers to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19 every week. This policy will impact approximately 122,000 employees and will go into effect on September 1.
Joint Statement from Governor Northam and Money Committee Chairs
Governor Ralph Northam today released a joint statement with Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair Janet Howell and House Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian on compensation structure in House Bill 7001.
Governor Northam Announces Five New Historical Markers Highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander History in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam announced five new state historical highway markers that highlight topics of national, state, and regional significance to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) history in the Commonwealth. These markers were submitted by Virginia students through the inaugural AAPI Heritage Month Historical Marker Contest. This afternoon, the Governor was joined by First Lady Pamela Northam and members of his Administration for a virtual event yesterday recognizing the students and educators with this year’s winning submissions.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Eight Virginia Companies Expand into Global Markets with Commonwealth’s Trade Accelerator Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that eight companies across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. VALET, which now has more than 300 graduated companies, assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.
Governor Northam Announces $114 Million in New Resources to Promote Public Safety, Prevent and Reduce Crime
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia plans to direct more than $114 million in federal and state funding to support public safety initiatives across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s proposal includes $62 million in hazard pay and compensation for public safety officials, $35 million to address COVID-19 in correctional facilities, and $17 million for crime reduction and prevention programs and services for victims of crime.
Governor Northam Announces $111 Million Investment to Make College More Affordable for Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today visited Virginia Tech where he announced that Virginia plans to use $111 million in American Rescue Plan funding to increase access to financial aid for low- and moderate-income undergraduate students. The proposal designates $100 million for public higher education institutions through the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, and $11 million for private institutions eligible for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant program.
Governor Northam Announces $485 Million Funding Commitment to Strengthen Virginia’s Behavioral Health System
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will commit $485 million in federal and state funding to address pressing challenges in Virginia’s behavioral health system. The proposal includes targeted investments to alleviate pressure on state mental health hospitals, strengthen community-based services, and increase support for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.
Governor Northam Awards Funding to 15 Projects Addressing Food Insecurity in Underserved Communities
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 15 projects across the Commonwealth will receive a total of over $620,000 in the inaugural round of Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) grants. The Governor made the announcement at an event with Richmond Food Justice Alliance, which will receive funding to support a new mobile food market with Shalom Farms.
Governor Northam Announces Landmark Virginia Company to Expand in Sussex County, Doubling Production of Iconic Gourmet Peanuts
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Diner will invest over $4.5 million to nearly double production of its iconic gourmet peanuts. Founded in 1929, Virginia Diner is known for its landmark restaurant on Route 460 in Wakefield and line of gourmet seasoned peanuts, snack mixes, peanut brittles, and other candies. The company currently sources Virginia-variety peanuts exclusively from Florida and as part of this expansion, will create 16 new jobs and commit to sourcing 100 percent of its peanut purchases from the Commonwealth, leading to the purchase of nearly four million pounds of peanuts from Virginia shellers over the next four years. Governor Northam celebrated the announcement with company leaders and local economic development officials during a visit to the restaurant.
Governor Northam Announces Plan to Protect Virginia Employers from Paying Higher Unemployment Insurance Taxes
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will commit $935.6 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and accelerate critical upgrades to the Virginia Employment Commission. The Governor’s plan will put $862 million back into Virginia’s unemployment insurance trust fund, preventing tax increases on businesses and ensuring that employers are not penalized for layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia will also invest $73.6 million to fast-track ongoing modernization efforts at the Virginia Employment Commission, including $37.4 million to boost call center capacity, $29.8 million to upgrade technology, nearly $4.6 million to hire additional adjudication officers, and $1.8 million for personnel support.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Reduce Water Pollution, Increase Access to Clean Water
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia plans to allocate $411.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to reduce water pollution and increase access to clean water across the Commonwealth. The proposal will make substantial investments in aging water systems and improve drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.
Governor Northam Announces $500 Million Investment to Improve Air Quality in Virginia Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia plans to invest $500 million to improve ventilation and air quality in public schools, securing the completion of nearly all currently planned HVAC projects. The Commonwealth will allocate $250 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for necessary ventilation upgrades, which will be matched 1:1 by local ARP or other relief funding. Ventilation systems clean and disperse air, decreasing the risk of various airborne illnesses including COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Awards Virginia Main Street Grants to 16 Community Development Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 16 communities across the Commonwealth will receive more than $200,000 in Virginia Main Street grants to support projects aimed at revitalizing historic commercial districts, expanding small businesses, and growing local economies.
Virginia Awarded $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Support Maritime Industrial Base and Small Defense Business Cyber Training
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been awarded $1.5 million in federal funding to provide Virginia small businesses in the defense industry with required cybersecurity skills and certifications and help modernize the maritime industrial workforce.
Governor Northam Announces Specialty Snack Company to Expand in Henrico County, Creating 60 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Red River Foods, Inc., a U.S. supplier of premium specialty snacks headquartered in Richmond, will invest $16.5 million to establish a warehouse and processing facility for tree nuts, seeds, and dried fruits at 2840 Sprouse Drive in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 60 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Appointments to Three Cannabis Oversight Boards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced appointments to the three newly-created boards responsible for overseeing the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth. This spring, Virginia became the first Southern state to pass adult-use cannabis legislation, with changes going into effect on July 1, 2021. The new law legalizes simple possession and home cultivation for adults 21 and over, seals some marijuana-related records, and creates a new independent state entity, the Cannabis Control Authority (CCA), to regulate the cannabis market. In coming years, the General Assembly must reenact sections of the bill and the CCA must implement regulations before legal sales of cannabis can begin.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Launches #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on Speeding and Summer Travel Safety Campaign
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new summer travel safety campaign and survey designed to engage Virginians in efforts to reduce speed-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the Commonwealth’s roadways.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Invest $700 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Achieve Universal Broadband by 2024
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia plans to invest $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expedite the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure to unserved areas and close the digital divide within the next three years. This proposal will accelerate the Governor’s 10-year goal for achieving universal internet access from 2028 to 2024, with the majority of connections obligated within the next 18 months. In May, Governor Northam and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for allocating the $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the Commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Dropped Again, Falling to 4.3 Percent in June
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2-percentage point to 4.3 percent in June, compared to 8.8 percent one year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Commonwealth continues to be below the national rate of 5.8 percent.
Governor Northam Announces SimpliSafe to Add Second Operation in Henrico County, Creating Over 250 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SimpliSafe, a leading producer of self-installed home security systems, will invest more than $3 million to expand operations in Henrico County. The company will establish a new customer security monitoring service center at 4840 Cox Road to provide 24-hour monitoring of security systems data. Virginia successfully competed with Washington state and other West Coast locations for the project, which will create more than 250 new jobs. Governor Northam and company officials announced the project during an event at SimpliSafe’s first customer support operation at Willow Lawn in Henrico County, which opened in 2020 and created 572 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Xaloy to Return to Virginia, Reopen Pulaski Manufacturing Facility
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Xaloy, a leading manufacturer of plastic processing components for injection and extrusion machinery, will move its barrel manufacturing operation from Ohio back to Virginia and reopen its former facility in Pulaski County. The company will invest $1.75 million in its 100,000-square-foot, 30-acre site at 102 Xaloy Way in the Town of Pulaski to produce bimetallic barrels for a wide range of applications in the plastics manufacturing industry. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will retain seven jobs and create 35 new jobs.
What They’re Saying: Leaders Across the Commonwealth Applaud Virginia’s Consecutive Victories as “Top State for Business” in CNBC Ranking
This week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia has been named America’s “Top State for Business” in 2021 by CNBC, becoming the first to win the coveted recognition twice in a row. The Commonwealth has now earned the top spot five times, the most of any state, with previous victories in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2019. In case you missed it, here is what leaders across the Commonwealth are saying about Virginia’s back-to-back titles in CNBC’s ranking.
Virginia Finishes Fiscal Year 2021 with Record-Breaking $2.6 Billion Surplus
Governor Ralph Northam today reported that Virginia reached the end of fiscal year 2021 with an historic $2.6 billion surplus, the largest in the Commonwealth’s history. Total revenue collections soared 14.5 percent over fiscal year 2020, ahead of the forecast of 2.7 percent growth.
Virginia Earns Back-to-Back Titles in CNBC Ranking, Remains “America’s Top State for Business”
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CNBC, a world leader in business news, has named Virginia as America’s “Top State for Business” in 2021. The Governor joined CNBC at the Port of Virginia for a live broadcast where the winner was revealed following an extensive study of 85 distinct metrics across 10 competitiveness categories. CNBC’s scorecard highlighted the Commonwealth’s education system, workforce, and commitment to equity and inclusion.
Governor Northam Proposes $353 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Accelerate Small Business Recovery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that his first budget proposal for American Rescue Plan funding invests $353 million to boost recovery among Virginia’s small businesses and industries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the Governor and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for the $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the Commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan.
Governor Northam Announces $3.4 Million to Advance Research Commercialization in Key Technology Sectors
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 34 small technology-focused businesses in Virginia will receive a total of $3.4 million in Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) grants to commercialize research in an array of sectors, including agricultural and environmental technologies, autonomous systems, clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and space and satellites. These awards mark the inaugural funding round for CCF, which was developed through the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA).
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Over $21 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $21 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 24 projects across Virginia, creating or preserving 1,266 affordable housing units for low-income and extremely low-income households. The funding will improve access to affordable housing, reduce homelessness, provide permanent supportive housing options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and complete energy efficiency updates in affordable housing units.
Governor Northam Celebrates Groundbreaking on Northern Neck Broadband Project
Governor Ralph Northam today joined Dominion Energy Virginia, All Points Broadband, and Northern Neck Electric Cooperative to celebrate the groundbreaking on the first phase of a project that will deliver fiber-optic broadband access to approximately 7,200 currently unserved households and businesses in Virginia’s Northern Neck region. This phase of the project will use a $10 million grant from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative, along with federal and local funding and private investment, to bring internet access to all remaining unserved locations in King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties.
Governor Northam Announces Extension of Expanded Child Care Subsidy Program for Virginia Families
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia families with young children will have improved access to quality, affordable child care through an extension of the expanded Child Care Subsidy Program. Earlier this year, Governor Northam signed House Bill 2206, sponsored by Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, which established a new short-term eligibility category for parents seeking financial assistance for child care while looking for employment and temporarily increased the income eligibility criteria through July 31, 2021. The Governor has directed the Virginia Department of Education to use existing federal funding to continue covering co-payments for families through December 31, 2021.
Governor Northam Announces $304.5 Million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funding Distributed to Virginia’s Towns
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth has distributed approximately $304.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to 190 towns. These payments represent the first half of funding provided by the U.S. Treasury for Non-Entitlement Units of local government, with the same amount to be provided in June 2022. These funds are in addition to $2.3 billion available to Virginia’s 133 counties and cities directly from the federal government, as well as $4.3 billion that Governor Northam and the General Assembly will allocate during a special session beginning August 2.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces MI Technical Solutions to Expand Facility in Chesapeake
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a small business government contractor providing information technology services for military vessels, will invest $520,000 to expand its facility in the City of Chesapeake. The company will create 10 new jobs and add 4,000 square feet of office space at 820 Greenbrier Circle to accommodate an increase in staffing associated with recently awarded contracts from the U.S. Navy.
Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million to Support Restoration of Brownfield Sites
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that approximately $1.5 million in Site Remediation Grants from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) will be awarded to six localities, which include Charlotte and Pulaski Counties, the cities of Danville and Martinsville, and the towns of Altavista and Crewe. The VBAF provides either grants or loans to local governments to restore and redevelop brownfield sites and address environmental problems or obstacles to their reuse in an effort to effectively attract new economic development prospects. Administered by the Virginia Resources Authority, the VBAF is a partnership between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Department of Environmental Quality.
More Than 750,000 Virginia Adults Gain New Medicaid Dental Benefit
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 750,000 adult Medicaid members will have access to comprehensive dental services under a benefit that begins July 1, 2021. The Governor celebrated the launch of the new adult dental benefit during an event at the Capital Area Health Network’s Vernon J. Harris Medical and Dental Center in Richmond.
Governor Northam Celebrates Sweeping Change to Move Virginia Forward as New Laws Take Effect
Governor Ralph Northam highlighted new laws that take effect today with the start of the new fiscal year in the Commonwealth. During one of the most consequential legislative sessions in modern Virginia history, Governor Northam worked with the General Assembly to advance policies that confront the biggest challenges facing Virginians, take steps to end racial disparities in Virginia, and help the Commonwealth recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
U.S. Interior Secretary Joins Governor Northam, Senator Kaine to Announce New Actions to Advance Offshore Wind in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to the Commonwealth to tour The Port of Virginia and discuss offshore wind industry supply chain opportunities together with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, and other federal, state, and local officials. During the visit, Secretary Haaland announced that Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will initiate its environmental review for Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The issuance of a Notice of Intent (NOI) from BOEM marks the first major milestone in the federal permitting of the 2.6-gigawatt large-scale commercial wind project.
Governor Northam Announces Hardwood Flooring Manufacturer to Create 58 New Jobs in Patrick County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Canadian-based Prolam, LLC, a manufacturer of high-quality hardwood floors for commercial trucks and dry van trailers, will invest $12.8 million in Patrick County to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the former Ten Oaks satellite facility on Dobyns Road. The project will create 58 high-paying jobs and add 50 percent to the company’s total manufacturing capacity. Prolam is also committing to source at least 65 percent of its timber from the Commonwealth’s robust hardwood resource, supporting regional loggers and forestland owners through the purchase of more than $20.5 million in Virginia-grown hardwoods over the next three years.
Governor Northam Welcomes $182 Million Investment from Nestlé Purina PetCare in King William County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a leading manufacturer of pet care products, will invest $182 million to expand its manufacturing operation in King William County to support growing consumer demand.
Governor Northam Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Virginia Constitution
Governor Ralph Northam today marked Constitution Day by visiting the Library of Virginia to view original copies of four of Virginia’s Constitutions and commemorate 50 years since the current Virginia Constitution took effect on July 1, 1971. Until 1971, the Virginia Constitution included detailed provisions intended to disenfranchise Black voters and prohibit racially integrated public schools.
Governor Northam Announces Lumber Exporting Company to Establish Operations in Suffolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Kristi Corporation, a global supplier of industrial raw material for aluminum and steel metallurgical industries, will invest $1.1 million to establish a log load and fumigation facility at 1326 Portsmouth Boulevard in the City of Suffolk. The company plans to source 100 percent of its exports from Virginia loggers. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 10 new jobs.
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Brunswick, Lee, Lunenburg, and Rockingham Counties to Support Innovative Agricultural Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Brunswick, Lee, Lunenburg, and Rockingham Counties will each receive grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture initiatives.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Welcomes Air Force F-22 Training Unit Move to Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed the decision by the United States Air Force to permanently locate the F-22 Raptor formal training unit (FTU) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton.
Governor Northam Appoints Eric J. Reynolds as Virginia’s First Children’s Ombudsman
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the appointment of Eric J. Reynolds as Virginia’s first Director of the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman. The Office was established by the General Assembly and approved by Governor Northam during the 2020 legislative session to serve as a mechanism for reporting concerns about the treatment of children within Virginia’s foster care system.
Governor Northam Announces Over $11.1 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an allocation of more than $11.1 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to help advance economic recovery efforts across the Commonwealth. This funding will support 20 projects focused on expanding workforce development and talent pipelines in key industries, growing startup businesses and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and increasing Virginia’s business-ready sites portfolio.
Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 2
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on Monday, August 2. A special session is necessary to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Fell to 4.5 Percent in May
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2-percentage point to 4.5 percent in May, which is 4.0 percentage points below the rate from one year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 5.8 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Plans to Replace 1887 Time Capsule on Monument Avenue
Governor Ralph Northam today announced plans to replace a 134-year old time capsule embedded in the pedestal foundation of the Robert E. Lee statue located at Monument and Allen Avenues in Richmond. The Governor is inviting Virginians to suggest new artifacts that represent the Commonwealth of today for a new capsule that will be installed at the site when the statue is removed.
Governor Northam Announces 70 Percent of Adult Virginians Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 70 percent of adults 18 years and older in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Virginia is the 16th state in the nation to meet this goal set by President Joe Biden in early May and reaches the key vaccination milestone two weeks ahead of the nationwide July 4 target. To date, over 8.8 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia and more than 4.2 million individuals, or 60.3 percent of the population 18 and older, are fully vaccinated.
Governor Northam Commemorates Juneteenth in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today commemorated Juneteenth during an event at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton. This year will be the second statewide observance of Juneteenth and the first as a permanent state holiday in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Celebrates Grand Opening of The Sessions Hotel in Bristol
Governor Ralph Northam is celebrating the grand opening of The Sessions Hotel in Bristol, Virginia, a project that will be supported by the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Tourism Development Financing Program and reflects a total capital investment of $23 million and 75 new, full-time equivalent jobs.
Governor Northam Proclaims June as Immigrant Heritage Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring June as Immigrant Heritage Month in the Commonwealth to celebrate the history, cultures, and contributions of Virginia’s immigrant communities.
Governor Northam Announces Task Force on Culturally Inclusive School Meals and Calendars
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of a task force charged with identifying best practices for implementing culturally and religiously inclusive school calendars and serving school meals that accommodate more dietary restrictions.
Governor Northam Dedicates Virginia’s 41st State Park
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the official opening of Clinch River State Park, Virginia’s 41st state park and first blueway state park. Consisting of 696 acres, the park is situated across several small anchor properties and connected by multiple canoe-kayak access points along a 100-mile scenic stretch of the Clinch River.
Virginia Celebrates Successful Rocket Launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), the United States Space Force (USSF), and Northrop Grumman celebrate the successful launch of a Minotaur I rocket carrying a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The mission, named NROL-111, launched today at 9:35 a.m. EDT from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0B located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Offshore Wind Project Among the First in the Nation to Use New Federal Permitting Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia Offshore Wind project will be among the first in the nation to use a new federal permitting process designed to accelerate offshore wind development in the United States. This comes as the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) and the North Atlantic Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a new agreement that will give the agencies additional scientific and technical resources to evaluate offshore wind projects. The initiative, which was developed in partnership with Old Dominion University and facilitated by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, will be critical to ensuring new offshore wind leases are approved in a timely manner.
Governor Northam Proclaims June 13–19 Virginia Agriculture Week
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring June 13–19 as Virginia Agriculture Week to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. The Governor, First Lady, and Northam Administration officials will visit sites throughout Virginia to highlight the economic impact of the agriculture industry and the role of farmers and agribusinesses in providing safe, abundant, and affordable foods and products that are consumed in the Commonwealth, distributed across the country, and exported around the world.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Launches Return to Earn Grant Program to Help Virginians Transition Back to Work
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new $3 million investment to pilot the Return to Earn Grant Program, which will match payments from eligible small businesses to provide new hires with up to $1,000 to support their transition back into the workforce. While many companies are offering hiring bonuses, the Return to Earn Grant Program will serve businesses with less than 100 employees that may not have the resources to provide this financial support. The initial launch of this program will be funded through Virginia’s federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) set aside and additional recovery funds may be allocated based on demand.
Virginia Posts Record Revenue Increase as Collections Rise 66.2 Percent in May
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 66.2 percent in May, the largest monthly revenue increase in more than 50 years. Over 85 percent of the growth in May can be attributed to a return to normal tax filing dates for estimated payments and a shorter extension this year for individual final payments. Governor Northam also announced the appointment of Joe Flores as Secretary of Finance and Carter Hutchinson as Deputy Secretary of Finance.
Governor Northam Announces CarLotz to Expand in Richmond, Creating 192 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CarLotz (NASDAQ: LOTZ), the nation’s largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, will retain and expand its headquarters in the City of Richmond, creating 192 new jobs. The company will relocate operations from its location in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond to the Handcraft Building in Scott’s Addition to accommodate recent growth. Virginia successfully competed with Tennessee, Texas, and Washington for the project. Governor Northam joined company leaders and local officials at the new facility this morning to make the announcement.
Governor Northam Announces StarKist Co. to Relocate Headquarters from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that StarKist Co., a leading seafood and chicken producer in the United States, will invest $3.6 million to relocate its corporate and administrative headquarters operations from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County. The company will occupy approximately 24,000 square feet at 1875 Explorer Street in Reston. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 83 new jobs.
Retired Major General Roosevelt “Ted” Mercer, Jr. Named CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the selection of Major General Roosevelt “Ted” Mercer, Jr., United States Air Force (Retired) as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space). General Mercer was appointed by the Virginia Space Board of Directors this morning and will assume the role on August 1, 2021 upon the retirement of Dale Nash, who has led Virginia Space since 2012.
Governor Northam Announces Ship Repair Facility to Create 119 New Jobs in Norfolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lyon Shipyard, a full-service ship repair and industrial service provider, will invest $24.4 million to expand its operation in the City of Norfolk. The company will add a new marine travel lift and increase the footprint of its waterfront dry dock. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 119 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces U.K. Plastics and Metal Manufacturer to Establish First U.S. Operation in Danville-Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MEP Ltd. (MEP), a manufacturer of complex plastic and metal components for the aerospace and defense sectors, will invest $6.4 million to establish its first U.S. operation in Cyber Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The company, which will operate in the U.S. as Making Everything Possible LLC, will occupy approximately 5,500 square feet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) while its new facility is constructed. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 45 new jobs. The Governor and members of his delegation met MEP’s Executive Chair Phil Hart at the Paris Airshow in 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Recognizes Recipients of 2020 Governor’s Fire Service Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Fire Service Awards, who were recognized at an awards ceremony held this afternoon.
Governor Northam Announces Production of Feature Film “Tapawingo” in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Foggy Bottom Pictures feature film Tapawingo will shoot in locations across Central Virginia this summer. The coming-of-age comedy starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) and Billy Zane (Titanic, Curfew) will film in Hopewell with additional locations in Petersburg and Richmond.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Prepare Now for 2021 Hurricane Season
Governor Ralph Northam is calling on all Virginians to prepare now for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts through November 30. The beginning of hurricane season is the ideal time for Virginians learn their risk for inland or coastal flooding, find out which evacuation zone they are in, and develop an emergency plan for their families or businesses.
Governor Northam Declares June LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed June as Pride Month in Virginia to celebrate the Commonwealth’s LGBTQ+ communities, their achievements and contributions, and their fight for inclusion and equality.
Governor Northam Announces Walraven, Inc. to Expand, Relocate U.S. Headquarters and Manufacturing Operation to Danville-Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Walraven, Inc., a global installation company, will invest $7.15 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operation from Cadillac, Michigan to Danville-Pittsylvania County. The company will occupy the Cane Creek Shell Building in Cane Creek Centre, a joint industrial park for the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Virginia successfully competed with Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee for the project, which will create 46 new jobs.
Virginia Commits to Reducing Polluted Runoff from State Lands to Advance Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Directive Seventeen setting pollution reduction targets for lands within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are owned by state agencies and public institutions of higher education. Nonpoint source pollution, also known as polluted runoff, occurs when stormwater moves over the ground collecting pollutants like excess nutrients, sediment, and toxins that degrade water quality and harm living resources.
Governor Northam and Statewide Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Independent Investigation of Virginia Military Institute
Governor Ralph Northam today joined statewide leaders in responding to a newly-released report on campus culture at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The report, released today by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, concludes a nearly five-month independent investigation into equity on campus, after Governor Northam and legislative leaders called for an independent investigation last October. The investigation was funded by the General Assembly and conducted by Barnes and Thornburg, LLP from January to June 2021.
Governor Northam Announces 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program Participants
Governor Ralph Northam announced today the 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program participants. Former Governor Chuck Robb established the program in 1982, giving rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students an opportunity to gain firsthand experience working under Cabinet secretaries and alongside staff in the Office of the Governor.
Governor Northam Announces Plastics Manufacturer to Establish U.S. Corporate Headquarters in Harrisonburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SIBO GROUP, a Slovenia-based manufacturer of closure solutions for tubes, containers, and other packaging systems, will invest $2.6 million to establish its U.S. corporate headquarters and a new manufacturing operation in the City of Harrisonburg. Operating as subsidiary SIBO USA, LLC, the new facility will be located at 810 North Main Street and the project will create 24 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Aerospace Engineering Firm to Expand in Fauquier County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SPARC Research, a provider of program and engineering services in advanced missile and rocket propulsion, will invest $2.5 million to expand its operation in Fauquier County. The company will establish a new 20,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility on 4.5 acres at 5310 Edmore Court near its current location. With this expansion, SPARC plans to increase its engineering capabilities and establish rocket motor component manufacturing to produce nozzle components, case insulation, and assembly functions. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and West Virginia for the project, which will create 16 new jobs.
Statement of Governor Northam on the Death of Former U.S. Senator John Warner
Today Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator John Warner.
Governor Northam Announces California Manufacturer to Establish East Coast Operation in Fluvanna County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Stewart Tool Company Inc., a California-based prototype to production manufacturer, will invest $9.1 million to establish its first East Coast manufacturing operation in Fluvanna County. The company will renovate the former Kloeckner Metals facility at 61 Edgecomb Road in Troy. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 22 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces SunCoke Energy to Invest $50 Million in Buchanan County Operation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC), the largest independent producer of high-quality coke for blast furnace steel production in the Americas, will invest $50 million in its manufacturing operation in Buchanan County to refurbish the facility as well as perform upgrades to enable the production of foundry coke. Virginia successfully competed with Ohio for the project, which will retain approximately 100 jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Winners of 2021 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that six small businesses will receive a total of more than $1 million in funding and services through the 2021 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The winners were selected from nearly 100 applications and will each receive a combination of a grant and a loan of up to $250,000 to advance and demonstrate innovative products that help coastal communities adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and flooding, including flood management and infrastructure, data analytics, protection of buildings, and re-establishing critical utilities.
Virginia’s Recidivism Rate Remains Among the Lowest in the Country
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia continues to have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country at 23.9 percent. This is the fifth year in a row that the Commonwealth has had the lowest or second lowest recidivism rate in the nation. Recidivism refers to an individual committing a new offense within a specified follow-up period that results in a new sentence.
Governor Northam Announces Innovative Indoor Vertical Farm to Expand in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Beanstalk, an indoor vertical farming start-up, will create 29 new jobs and invest more than $2 million to significantly expand production and relocate within Fairfax County. The company’s new facility will produce a variety of pesticide-free leafy greens and specialty herbs year-round using proprietary hydroponic growing technology, achieving annual sales of over $5 million in the next three years. Beanstalk sells its fresh salad mixes and fresh-cut herbs through national grocery retailers, Northern Virginia farmers markets, and in its on-site retail store.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Recognizes May as Business Appreciation Month
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed May as Business Appreciation Month in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.7 Percent in April
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate fell 0.4-percentage point to 4.7 percent in April. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which rose to 6.1 percent.
Governor Northam Announces New Airline to Establish Operations in Norfolk, Creating 116 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Breeze Airways, a new U.S.- based airline providing low-cost, nonstop service to mid-size markets, will invest $5.2 million to establish an operations center in the City of Norfolk. The company targets underserved and unserved cities without nonstop service and has identified dozens of route opportunities from Norfolk International Airport. Norfolk will be one of Breeze Airways’ first four operations bases in the United States, and the airline also plans to offer flights out of Richmond International Airport. Virginia successfully competed with several other locations for the project, which will create 116 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $135.8 Million in Grants to State and Local Criminal Justice Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of more than $135.8 million in grant funding to localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies throughout Virginia to support state and local criminal justice programs. The Criminal Justice Services Board (CJSB) of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) approved the grants during its May 20 virtual meeting.
Governor Northam Appoints Lethia Hammond to Virginia Parole Board and Announces New Clemency Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the appointment of Lethia Hammond as Vice-Chair of the Virginia Parole Board and unveiled several new initiatives to streamline the clemency process, including a redesigned pardons website and petition portal.
Governor Northam Announces Redevelopment Plans for Fort Monroe Authority
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) has approved a 40-year ground lease with Smithfield-based Pack Brothers Hospitality, which will invest $40 million to redevelop the Marina District, which lies on the southwestern edge of the fort and is adjacent to the Historic Chamberlin. The redevelopment plans include a restaurant, conference center, boutique hotel, and 300-slip remodeled marina. The ground lease contains a list of contingencies and requirements including environmental protection provisions and historic preservation covenants that Pack Brothers Hospitality must meet prior to beginning construction on the site.
Governor Northam Announces Modular Housing Manufacturer to Create 220 New Jobs in Newport News
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that indieDwell, an industry leader in the steel modular housing manufacturing sector, will invest over $2 million to establish its first East Coast manufacturing facility in the City of Newport News. The new manufacturing facility and related administrative offices will occupy a portion of 520 21st Street in Newport News.
Governor Northam Directs Virginia Employment Commission to Speed Up Processing of Unemployment Claims
Governor Ralph Northam today directed the Virginia Employment Commission to invest $20 million to dramatically expand the agency’s ability to process complicated unemployment insurance claims. Executive Directive Sixteen requires the agency add 300 new adjudication staffers, make immediate technology upgrades, and complete a full modernization of the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance system by October 1, 2021.
Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide Health Equity Dashboards
Governor Ralph Northam today unveiled the nation’s first public statewide health equity dashboards, providing a snapshot of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and making key data more accessible to Virginia residents.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Participate in “It’s Our Shot, Virginia Statewide Day of Action”
Governor Ralph Northam today reminded Virginians about the “It’s Our Shot, Virginia: Statewide Day of Action” taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18 to help Virginia residents make a plan to get vaccinated. Virginians are encouraged to get involved in their communities by serving as trusted messengers and amplifying the Commonwealth’s vaccination efforts.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Europe
Governor Ralph Northam will lead an international trade and marketing mission to Europe from May 15–21, 2021. He will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The Governor and his delegation will visit Germany, Greece, and Switzerland, and participate in 15 meetings over the course of the mission.
Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC Guidance, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on May 28
Governor Ralph Northam today lifted Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Governor Northam also announced that Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned. The updates to Virginia’s mask policy are reflected in amendments to Executive Order Seventy-Two and will become effective at midnight tonight along with previously announced changes to mitigation measures.
Governor Northam Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Governor Ralph Northam proclaimed the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) Heritage Month in the Commonwealth and launched the inaugural AAPI Heritage Month Historical Marker Contest to celebrate the history and achievements of AAPI Virginians.
Virginia Releases April 2021 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 41.9 percent in April, representing the largest monthly increase in the 21st century. In addition to regular collections of withholding and sales taxes, final payments for the previous tax year and the first estimated payment for the current tax year are due from corporations on April 15. This is the first revenue report that compares results with last year when the coronavirus pandemic took hold and economic shutdowns began.
Joint Statement from Governor Northam and General Assembly Leaders on Shared Priorities for American Rescue Plan Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today released a joint statement with the leaders of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, outlining shared plans and priorities for distribution of more than $4.3 billion in federal assistance the Commonwealth expects to receive through the American Rescue Plan.
Governor Northam Announces $62.7 Million in Virginia LEARNS Education Recovery Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $62.7 million in Virginia LEARNS Education Recovery grants to help school divisions expand and implement targeted initiatives to address learning loss among Virginia students as they continue to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency After Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Seventy-Eight declaring a state of emergency in Virginia to address gasoline supply disruptions throughout the Commonwealth. On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline system, which is the primary fuel source for many Virginia retailers, reported a ransomware cyberattack that resulted in a temporary shutdown.
Governor Northam Announces Over 900 New Jobs as Guidehouse Selects Fairfax County for Global Headquarters
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Guidehouse, a management consulting company serving the public and commercial sectors, will invest $12.7 million to establish a global headquarters operation at Tysons Corner in Fairfax County. The company’s new campus at 1676 International Drive in McLean will accommodate recent growth and an increased demand for services, and will house more than 1,550 employees at full capacity. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Washington, D.C. for the project, which will create more than 900 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Awards Over $9.4 Million to Support Clean Transportation Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded more than $9.4 million through the first round of the Clean Air Communities Program to fund five government fleet electrification projects. To further advance the transition to clean vehicles, the Governor also announced a second round of $20 million to help electrify diesel and propane school buses across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway to Expand Passenger Rail to Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway to extend passenger rail service to the New River Valley for the first time since 1979. Known as the Western Rail Initiative, this agreement will increase intercity passenger rail service from Roanoke to the Northeast Corridor and is an expansion of the Transforming Rail in Virginia program to build a 21st-century rail network.
Virginia Veterans and Defense Affairs Secretary Carlos Hopkins to Deploy for Federal Active Duty
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins will deploy for federal active duty in the Middle East. Secretary Hopkins is a Colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard and will be deploying with the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division. Hopkins has served in the Northam Administration since inauguration, and has played a critical role in making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Kathleen Jabs will serve as Acting Secretary.
Governor Northam Announces AMPAC Fine Chemicals to Expand Petersburg Operation with $25 Million Investment, Adding 156 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that AMPAC Fine Chemicals (AFC), a leading manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in the United States, will invest $25 million to expand its existing operation on North Normandy Drive in the City of Petersburg. Virginia successfully competed with California and Texas for the project, which will create 156 new jobs. Governor Northam joined company leaders, key partners, and local economic development officials at AMPAC’s Petersburg facility to make the announcement.
Governor Northam Proclaims First Week in May as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam today declared May 3–7, 2021 as Virginia Public Service Week to recognize the dedication of federal, state, local, and tribal government employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The annual observance honors approximately 701,500 public sector employees who work on behalf of Virginia residents.
Governor Northam Announces Biotech Company Aditxt to Build State-of-the-Art Facility in Richmond and Create Over 300 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aditxt (Aditx Therapeutics, Inc.) (Nasdaq: ADTX), a biotech innovation company focused on improving the health of the immune system, will establish its first high-capacity AditxtScore™ Center in the City of Richmond in the second half of 2021. Aditxt plans to create more than 300 new jobs and targets making a capital investment of $31.5 million over three years to scale up its state-of-the-art immune monitoring center, including projected new jobs, laboratory equipment, and construction. Governor Northam and company officials announced the project during an event at the Virginia Bio+Tech Park, a campus of Activation Capital, where the company will occupy 25,000 square feet of Bio+Tech 8 with plans for future expansion.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Invites Virginians to Celebrate Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed May 3–7, 2021 as Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth and is encouraging all Virginians to participate by sending personalized thank-you notes to recognize educators for their service and dedication to students. This year’s sixth annual Thank a Teacher campaign, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and The Supply Room, celebrates the important role of teachers in Virginia and highlights the talent of young artists by featuring student artwork on each thank you note.
Governor Northam Announces Valve Manufacturer to Expand Operation in Norfolk, Creating 40 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dante Valve Company, a family-owned, international manufacturer and distributor of valves and related products, will invest $1.9 million to expand its operation in the City of Norfolk. The company will add 10,000 square feet to its facility at 1324 Ballentine Boulevard to increase production and better serve its East Coast customers. Virginia successfully competed with Arizona, Nevada, and Texas for the project, which will create 40 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Custom Technology Solutions Company to Add 162 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ridgeline International, Inc., a technology-based solutions provider for the federal government, commercial, and nonprofit sectors, will invest $1.75 million to expand its operation in Fairfax County. The company will increase capacity to develop customized solutions that help its clients implement secure communications and guard against security threats, creating 162 new jobs.
Northam Administration Releases Maternal Health Strategic Plan
Governor Ralph Northam’s Administration, in partnership with the Virginia Council on Women, today unveiled a statewide Maternal Health Strategic Plan to guide the Commonwealth in its ongoing work to eliminate the racial disparities in Virginia’s maternal mortality rate by 2025, a goal the Governor announced in June 2019.
Governor Northam Updates Mask Guidance to Align with CDC Changes
Governor Ralph Northam today amended Executive Order Seventy-Two to adopt new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on mask use in outdoor settings. The CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks outdoors when alone or in small gatherings. Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
Governor Northam Announces Thermal Systems Manufacturer to Establish Operation in Rockbridge County, Creating 60 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Modine Manufacturing Company (NYSE: MOD), a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, will invest $7 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Rockbridge County. The company will convert its former warehouse located at 360 Collierstown Road into an operation producing highly engineered data center cooling solutions. Virginia successfully competed with several other states for the project, which will create 60 new jobs after full ramp-up.
Governor Northam Statement on President Biden’s American Families Plan
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement tonight after President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress and unveiled the American Families Plan.
Governor Northam Announces Traeger Grills to Locate New Grill Pellet Manufacturing Operation in Wythe County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Traeger Grills, manufacturer of the world’s top selling wood pellet grill and signature hardwood pellets, will invest nearly $3 million to establish a new grill pellet manufacturing operation in Wythe County. The company’s new location will purchase forest products sourced exclusively from Virginia’s robust hardwood resource and hire 15 new employees.
Governor Northam Recommends 13 Projects for Appalachian Regional Commission Funding, Totaling $4.1 Million
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he is recommending 13 projects for funding by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), totaling $4.1 million in grants. Virginia’s Appalachian region encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities. ARC will finalize approval of these project awards later this year.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Declares April as Highway Safety Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed April as Highway Safety Month in the Commonwealth and is urging all Virginians to help prevent injuries and fatalities on Virginia’s roadways. This Highway Safety Month, Governor Northam is directing his Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety to highlight the importance of seat belt use in reducing the number of unrestrained crashes and saving lives.
Governor Northam Announces Largest Private Land Donation for Permanent State Conservation in Virginia History
Governor Ralph Northam celebrated Earth Day yesterday by announcing that the Commonwealth has received a gift of approximately 7,300 acres of privately-owned land in Halifax County, the single largest private conservation land donation in Virginia history.
As Vaccinations Rise, Governor Northam Announces Expanded Capacity, Social Gathering Limits to Begin May 15
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase beginning Saturday, May 15th. The announcement comes as vaccinations continue to rise in the Commonwealth, and more than half of all adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. All Virginians age 16 and older are now eligible to for the vaccine.
Governor Northam Announces Amazon to Build Robotics Fulfillment Center in Henrico County, Hiring Over 1,000 New Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon continues to invest in Virginia with the launch of a new, state-of-the-art robotics fulfillment center on 119 acres of ancillary land at Richmond Raceway in Henrico County. The company will construct a multi-story, 650,000-square-foot facility with innovative robotics technology, adding over 1,000 new jobs to Amazon’s existing workforce of more than 27,000 full- and part-time employees in the Commonwealth. The facility will be the first of its kind in Central Virginia and is anticipated to launch in 2022.
Governor Northam Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Murder Trial
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement after the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial returned a guilty verdict on all three counts.
Governor Northam Announces Sustainable Biotech Firm to Expand Operations in Richmond, Creating 250 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Grenova Inc., a Virginia-based sustainable biotech firm that designs, develops, and manufactures devices that wash and sterilize contaminated pipette tips for reuse, will invest $10.6 million to expand in the City of Richmond. The company will relocate its operations from Manchester to a larger facility in Scott’s Addition and increase capacity with new production lines in response to the shortage of pipette tips used for COVID-19 testing. Governor Northam joined company leaders at the site of Grenova’s future location at 1900 Ellen Road to celebrate the project, which will add 250 new jobs over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Five New State Historical Highway Markers Addressing Black History in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam announced five new state historical highway markers that address topics of national, state, and regional significance to African American history in the Commonwealth. These markers were submitted by Virginia students through the second annual Black History Month Historical Marker Contest. The Governor was joined by First Lady Pamela Northam and members of his Cabinet for a virtual event yesterday recognizing the students and educators with this year’s winning submissions.
Governor Northam Announces State-of-the-Art Hydroponic Greenhouse in Virginia Beach to Create 155 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that startup company Sunny Farms, LLC will invest $59.6 million to establish a state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse for production, workforce development, and research in the City of Virginia Beach. The company’s location at Taylor Farms will also house One Matters Inc., a new 501(c)(3), not-for-profit entity that will offer workforce development opportunities for underserved populations. Virginia successfully competed with Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the project, which will create 155 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Celebrates Opening of Virginia’s 40th State Park
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the opening of the Commonwealth’s 40th state park, Machicomoco State Park, with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Machicomoco is an Algonquian word meaning “special meeting place,” acknowledging the importance and mission of the site: to educate the public about the native tribes in Virginia and share their stories. Machicomoco State Park spans 643 acres along the York River in Gloucester County at the site formerly known as Timberneck Farm.
Governor Northam Announces Textile-Based Engineering Firm to Expand in Staunton, Adding 31 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ryzing Technologies, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of textile-based engineering solutions, will invest $149,000 to expand capabilities at its facility in the City of Staunton. The company serves the U.S. military and allied forces, as well as industrial, commercial, and governmental clients, specializing in engineered textiles, rigid inflatable structures, and rapid prototyping. This expansion project will create 31 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Fell to 5.1 Percent in March
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate decreased 0.1-percentage point to 5.1 percent in March, which is down 6.2 percentage points from its peak of 11.3 percent in April 2020. The Commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 6.0 percent.
Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens for All Adults on Sunday
As Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month, all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, April 18. This expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program—approximately half of all adults in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose. Governor Northam shared a new video message today encouraging Virginians seeking a vaccination opportunity to call the statewide call center or use the new Vaccinate Virginia website to find vaccine providers starting Sunday.
Governor Northam Announces Heavy Metal Manufacturer to Expand in Tazewell County, Creating 40 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lawrence Brothers, Inc., an industry leader in battery tray fabrication and manufacturing of motive power trays, ground support systems, and transformer components, will invest $3.2 million to expand its operation in Tazewell County. The company will upgrade and modernize machinery and equipment to increase capacity and double production at its facility at 203 Lawrence Road, creating 40 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Major Farm Market Expansion in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures will invest over $850,000 to build a new produce packing facility and retail market pavilion in Rockingham County. Having outgrown its roadside stand in Mt. Crawford, the company’s new facility, located off Interstate 81’s Exit 240, will feature seasonally available fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, baked goods, flowers, and seafood. The project will create six new jobs and all net new purchases will be 100 percent sourced from Virginia farm families and watermen.
Governor Northam Announces Cybersecurity and IT Consulting Firm to Expand in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SecureTech360, LLC, a small woman-, minority-, and service-disabled veteran-owned cybersecurity and information technology consulting firm, will invest $155,000 to expand in Fairfax County. The company will grow its presence in the healthcare IT and cybersecurity field to provide secure, scalable, and equitable healthcare solutions and products. The project will create 10 new jobs and enable the company to provide clients with patient-centric IP enabled healthcare, pharmaceutical, and ancillary services, powered by green technologies and cybersecurity.
Governor Northam Announces Katoen Natie Norfolk to Invest $61 Million to Expand Freight Distribution Center
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Katoen Natie Norfolk Inc., a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company and subsidiary of Katoen Natie, will invest $61 million to expand its freight distribution center in the City of Norfolk. The company will add a 243,000-square-foot warehouse and rail facility to its operation at 2424 Springfield Avenue and create 35 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina for the project.
Virginia Issues March 2021 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenue collections grew 18.5 percent in March with most of the increase due to an additional deposit day for payroll withholding and strong growth in sales and recordation taxes.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Over $6.3 Million in GO Virginia Grants to Drive Economic Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an allocation of more than $6.3 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to help the Commonwealth continue addressing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will support a total of 15 projects, including eight regional GO Virginia projects and seven projects through GO Virginia’s Economic Resilience and Recovery Program.
Virginia Passenger Rail Authority Appoints Executive Director, Marking Key Step for Transforming Rail in Virginia Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Board of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) has appointed Donald A. (“DJ”) Stadtler, Jr. as its first Executive Director. Established during the 2020 General Assembly session, the VPRA is responsible for promoting, sustaining, and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces STS Group AG to Establish First U.S. Location in Wythe County, Creating 120 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that STS Group AG, a leading global system supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, will invest $39 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Wythe County’s Progress Park. The new facility, operating as subsidiary STS Group North America, will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. markets. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 120 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces $46.6 Million in Federal Funding for Virginia Private Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today invited eligible Virginia private schools to apply for funding from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act approved by Congress in December 2020.
Governor Northam Announces International Telecommunications Company to Expand, Create Up to 200 New Jobs in Prince William County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SES, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company, will invest $17 million to merge its satellite and network operations at a new facility in Prince William County. The company will consolidate operations, technology, engineering, and support functions at 8050 Piney Branch Lane, establishing a hub for the company’s technology and operations activities across the United States. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Washington, D.C. for the project, which will create up to 200 net new jobs by 2026.
Governor Northam Celebrates Progress During 2021 General Assembly Session
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today upon the adjournment of the 2021 reconvened session of the General Assembly.
Governor Northam Announces Air Purification Company Oransi Selects Radford for First Manufacturing Facility, Creating 101 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Oransi, a veteran-owned air purification company, will invest $5.6 million to establish its first manufacturing facility in the Plymouth Building at 113 Corporate Drive in the City of Radford. The operation will focus on developing and manufacturing the company’s best-in-class air purifiers for consumers, businesses, and professionals in the health, dental, and medical fields. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 101 new jobs.
Governor Northam Awards $270,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $270,000 from the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund will be awarded to five localities, providing critical matching funds to permanently preserve working farmland through local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs. PDR programs empower localities to limit development on priority farm and forestlands and provide an incentive to landowners who voluntarily want to protect their working lands.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce, Creates Additional Pathway to Enlist Volunteer Vaccinators
Governor Ralph Northam today announced several efforts aimed at increasing Virginia’s vaccinator workforce to support the continued expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth, including a new initiative to recruit eligible individuals interested in administering vaccines.
Governor and First Lady Northam, Virginia Council on Women Announce 10th Annual STEM Essay Contest Winners
Governor and First Lady Northam and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the winners of the 10th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their junior and senior years of high school. The awardees will be recognized at a virtual reception hosted by the Governor and First Lady later this month.
Virginia Invests Over $203.6 Million to Expand Access to Child Care, Increase Support for Providers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that an additional $203.6 million in federal stimulus funds and expanded eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy Program will help further stabilize Virginia’s early childhood care and education system, provide child care assistance to additional families as they seek stable employment or return to work, and deliver critical operational and technical resources to new and returning child care providers.
Governor Northam Applauds $1.1 Million from Appalachian Regional Commission to Address Substance Abuse Recovery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced Virginia will receive grants totaling more than $1.1 million through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) initiative for three projects in the Appalachian region of Virginia. INSPIRE is a new initiative focused on addressing substance abuse disorders in Appalachian communities by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem that will help people get back into the workforce.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Expand Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults by April 18 as Vaccinations Continue Rising
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Sunday, April 18, ahead of the May 1 nationwide goal set by President Joe Biden.
Governor Northam Acts on Budget, Remaining Bills from 2021 Special Session
Governor Ralph Northam took action today on several important pieces of legislation, concluding his review of bills passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 special session. Newly-signed laws include measures to ensure schools provide safe, in-person learning opportunities for students during the pandemic, ban firearms at polling locations, extend eviction protections, and provide paid sick leave to home health care workers. Governor Northam also proposed several minor amendments to the state budget.
Governor Northam Approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has approved the landmark Voting Rights Act of Virginia, providing comprehensive protections against voter suppression, discrimination, or intimidation. He made minor technical amendments to Senate Bill 1395, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, and House Bill 1890, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price, which prohibit any state or local policy from denying or restricting the right to vote of any Virginian simply because of their race, color, or membership in a language minority group. Virginia is the first state in the nation to enact its own version of a voting rights act.
Governor Northam Proposes Accelerating Marijuana Legalization in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today proposed moving up the legalization of simple possession of marijuana to July 1, 2021, nearly three years sooner than previously planned. The Governor also announced he is proposing changes that advance public health protections, set clear expectations for labor protections in the cannabis industry, and begin to seal criminal records immediately. The changes come in the form of amendments to Senate Bill 1406, sponsored by Senators Adam Ebbin and Louise Lucas, and House Bill 2312, sponsored by Majority Leader Charniele Herring, which legalize the adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Joins Governor Northam to Announce Major Milestone for Transforming Rail in Virginia, Highlight American Rescue Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the Commonwealth has finalized agreements with Amtrak, CSX, and Virginia Railway Express, launching a $3.7 billion investment to expand and improve passenger, commuter, and freight rail in Virginia and create a vital connection in America’s national rail network between the Northeast and Southeast corridors.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Creating Tuition-Free Community College Program for Low- and Middle-Income Students
Governor Ralph Northam today signed legislation creating his signature “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, which makes tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields. The G3 program includes $36 million to cover tuition, fees, and books and provide wraparound support for eligible students at the Commonwealth’s two-year public institutions.
Governor Northam Announces Construction Equipment Company to Expand in Pittsylvania County, Creating 27 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that J&J Truck Sales, Inc., a leading heavy duty truck sales and construction equipment sales and rental firm, will invest $5.2 million to expand its operation in Pittsylvania County. The company will establish a new 45,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing operation at 11453 U.S. Highway 29, increasing its automotive-based equipment repair, refurbishment, and fabrication capacity to better serve the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast construction markets. Virginia successfully competed with South Carolina for the project, which will create 27 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Praises Biden Nomination of Gayle Manchin as Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Gayle Conelly Manchin for Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). In February, Appalachia’s 13 governors elected Governor Northam to serve as ARC’s States’ Co-Chair for 2021.
Charles City County Public Schools Awarded $500,000 Grant for Solar Array, Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Charles City County Public Schools will add renewable energy production and increase energy efficiency across its school system with a new $500,000 grant from the Solar Enhanced Energy Savings Performance Contract Program at the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). The project, which includes a 712.5 kilowatt ground mounted solar array, will improve energy equity while advancing the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Join #StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action and Healing on March 26
Governor Ralph Northam today proclaimed March 26, 2021 #StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action and Healing in Virginia, and invited Virginians to participate in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Signs Additional Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several pieces of legislation into law, including measures to combat food insecurity, boost passenger rail in Southwest Virginia, expand access to broadband, and codify increased flexibility for restaurants selling alcohol.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 5.2 Percent in February
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in February, which is 2.7 percentage points above the rate from one year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 6.2 percent.
Governor Northam Signs Law Repealing Death Penalty in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today signed legislation abolishing the death penalty, making Virginia the 23rd state, and the first in South, to stop executions. Senate Bill 1165, sponsored by Senator Scott Surovell, and House Bill 2263, sponsored by Delegate Mike Mullin, prohibit the use of capital punishment for any violation of Virginia law.
Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1. He amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. More than two million Virginians, or approximately one in four people, have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Governor Northam Announces 13th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 13th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The annual event, which is taking place virtually this year, brings together policymakers, agriculture and forestry businesses, and academic leaders, highlighting the vital role of agriculture and forestry in Virginia’s international trade landscape.
Governor Northam Commits to Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics at State Agencies
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Seventy-Seven aimed at reducing Virginia’s reliance on single-use plastics, which pollute waterways, harm fish and wildlife, and take up space in landfills. The order puts the Commonwealth on a path to eliminate most single-use plastics at state agencies, colleges, and universities, imposing a near-term ban on several common, but unnecessary disposable plastics and requiring the phase out of other items by 2025. Governor Northam made the announcement today during the 31st annual Environment Virginia Symposium hosted by the Virginia Military Institute.
Governor Northam Awards Over $6 Million in Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $6 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund for 38 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The funding will advance 102 targeted efforts to reduce homelessness, which include rapid re-housing, support services for permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, and the pre-development of permanent supportive housing projects for individuals or families experiencing recurring homelessness.
Governor Announces New Service to Assist Virginia Students Applying for Financial Aid
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of a new free advising service to assist Virginia students and families applying for financial aid and help address the COVID-19 related decline in completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Governor Northam also set forth a long-term goal for every eligible student in Virginia to complete a FAFSA application each year.
Virginia Individual Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to May 17, 2021
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he is directing the Department of Taxation to extend the individual income tax filing and payment deadline in Virginia from Saturday, May 1, 2021 to Monday, May, 17, 2021.
Governor Northam Signs Key Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several important pieces of legislation, including measures to modernize public health funding, increase access to early childhood education, boost the sale of electric vehicles, and remove the statue of Harry F. Byrd, Sr. from Capitol Square.
Governor Northam Announces $20.1 Million to Strengthen Broadband Infrastructure in 17 Localities
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of $20.1 million in Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to improve broadband infrastructure in 17 localities. The funding will support 11 projects, connecting more than 13,400 households, businesses, and anchor institutions to high-speed internet, and leveraging $18.8 million in private and local investments. Since 2018, Virginia has invested more than $73.1 million through VATI to connect a total of 76,351 Virginians to broadband service.
Commonwealth of Virginia Selects Dewberry to Assist in Developing Coastal Resilience Master Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of a professional services contract between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the planning and engineering firm Dewberry to work with state officials and the Virginia Coastal Master Plan Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in developing the Commonwealth’s first Coastal Resilience Master Plan. Deliverables include finalization of a project-based plan built upon the Virginia Coastal Master Planning Framework by November 2021.
Governor Northam Announces Draft Plan for Safe In-Person Graduations and Commencements
Governor Ralph Northam today released preliminary guidance for how K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, may safely hold in-person graduation and commencement events this spring. These tentative plans have been reviewed with education officials and are expected to be included in an April 1 update to Third Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two.
Governor Northam Statement on Rise in Violence Against Asian Americans
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today.
Governor Northam Restores Civil Rights to Over 69,000 Virginians, Reforms Restoration of Rights Process
Governor Ralph Northam today restored the civil rights of more than 69,000 Virginians using new eligibility criteria that mirror a proposed change to the Constitution of Virginia that would automatically restore voting rights to individuals upon completion of their sentence of incarceration.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s January Unemployment Rate Fell to 5.3 Percent
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 5.3 percent in January, which is 2.8 percentage points above the rate from a year ago. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 14,100 jobs. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 6.3 percent in January and fell to 6.2 percent in February.
Governor and First Lady Northam Receive Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam both received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine today. Members of the Virginia National Guard administered the vaccinations as part of the first deployment of mobile vaccination teams starting this week.
Governor Northam Kicks Off Virginia Women Veterans Week
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the start of Virginia Women Veterans Week with a proclamation and video message honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans across the Commonwealth. Taking place from March 14–20, 2021, this is the fourth consecutive year that Virginia is devoting the third full week in March to recognizing all of the women who have served in the United States armed forces.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Declares March 14 Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Virginians Lost to COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, March 14, 2021 a day of prayer and remembrance to honor the Virginians who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 7, 2020 and the first death was recorded on March 14, 2020. Tragically, 9,961 people in Virginia have died from the virus as of March 12, 2021.
Governor Northam Signs 80 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed 80 new pieces of legislation into law, including measures to protect homeowners from foreclosure, shift municipal elections from May to November, provide financial aid to students regardless of immigration status, and repeal anti-women’s health restrictions on the health insurance exchange in Virginia.
Governor Northam Statement on President Biden Signing $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today after President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the American Rescue Plan into law. The historic $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill includes $1,400 per person stimulus checks, $125 billion to safely reopen K-12 schools, extended unemployment assistance, and $6.9 billion for state and local governments in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Company to Establish Headquarters in Loudoun County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Zasti, Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI) technology company that develops innovative risk screening, predictive analytics, and climate change solutions for the healthcare industry, will invest $5.9 million to establish its U.S. headquarters and operations in Loudoun County. The company will utilize the facility to develop and embed ZASTI© AI platforms in diagnostic devices and enterprise IT systems to ensure product quality, supply chain security, and affordability. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 60 new jobs.
Governor Northam Releases Environmental Justice Report, Directs Interagency Team to Continue Meeting
Governor Ralph Northam today released a report from the Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group, a body that was established in 2020 through a budget amendment to advance environmental justice within executive branch state agencies. Governor Northam also directed working group members to continue meeting despite a legislative setback that would have made the group permanent, and to discuss and provide recommendations on environmental justice issues raised during the recently concluded General Assembly session.
Virginia Releases February 2021 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 28.5 percent in February, as the delayed start of the tax filing season this year resulted in fewer refunds being issued compared with last year’s on time opening.
Virginia’s Barboursville Vineyards Takes Home 2021 Governor’s Cup® with 2015 Paxxito
Governor Ralph Northam awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s 2021 Governor’s Cup® to Barboursville Vineyards for their 2015 Paxxito. The winning wine was revealed tonight during the annual Governor’s Cup Celebration, which was held virtually this year. Eleven other wines received top honors, comprising the Governor’s Cup Case®.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Works to Mitigate Evictions Crisis, Implement Long-Term Solutions to Increase Housing Stability
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the new Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP) Program, which will award more than $2.6 million in grants to 14 localities to help build capacity and implement eviction prevention and diversion programs that address the underlying causes of evictions.
Governor Northam Announces Tempur Sealy International to Expand Manufacturing Operation in Scott County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (NYSE: TPX) will invest $16.7 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Scott County. The company will increase production to meet growing demand for its proprietary foam mattress and pillow products. Virginia successfully competed with New Mexico for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.
Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. to Increase Manufacturing Capacity for COVID-19 Testing Reagents with Prince William County Expansion
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ceres Nanosciences, Inc., a life sciences company that makes innovative products to improve diagnostic testing, will expand its operation in Prince William County’s Innovation Park to increase the manufacturing capacity of its Nanotrap® Magnetic Virus Particles for COVID-19 tests. The project will create up to 50 new jobs in the engineering, advanced manufacturing, and materials sciences fields over the next three years and help establish a stable supply of testing reagents to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensure future readiness.
Governor Northam Proclaims March Women’s History Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation and made the following statement on Women’s History Month, which is celebrated in Virginia and nationwide during March to honor trailblazing women who have helped move the country and the Commonwealth forward.
Governor Northam Announces Innovative Indoor Farm Expanding in Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Fresh Impact Farms will invest $137,500, create six new jobs, and more than double production at its Arlington County indoor facility. Operating since 2018 as Arlington’s only commercial farm, Fresh Impact Farms uses proprietary hydroponic technology to grow a variety of specialty herbs, leafy greens, and edible flowers for sale to customers in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area.
Governor Northam Announces Over $24 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $24 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 28 projects across the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 1,635 affordable housing units for low-income Virginians. The funding will help increase access to affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and provide permanent supportive housing options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Introduces First-Ever Statewide Strategic Plan to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Governor Ralph Northam today unveiled ONE Virginia, a first-in-the-nation statewide strategic plan to advance visible diversity, equity, and inclusion across state government.
Joint Statement from Governors of Maryland and Virginia on Progress of American Legion Bridge Project
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a joint statement today on the progress of the American Legion Bridge project.
Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates continue to decline and vaccinations rise in Virginia, certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate at increased capacity starting Monday, March 1. He amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus.
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Strengthen Local Food Systems, Support Minority Farmers and Innovative Livestock Production
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Charlotte County, Grayson County, and Page County will each receive a grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture initiatives. The grants will leverage funding from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC), Opportunity Appalachia, and GO Virginia.
Governor Northam and Democratic Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Final Passage of Legislation to Abolish Death Penalty in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw jointly issued the following statement today after both houses of the General Assembly passed legislation to ban capital punishment in the Commonwealth. House Bill 2263, sponsored by Delegate Mike Mullin, and Senate Bill 1165, sponsored by Senator Scott Surovell, which are identical bills, now head to Governor Northam’s desk.
Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Successfully Launches Fifteenth Resupply Mission to International Space Station
The 15th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station successfully launched today at 12:36 p.m. from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A located on Wallops Island. The mission, designated NG-15, is a partnership of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and Northrop Grumman.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Eaton to Expand in Henrico County, Creating 80 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that power management company Eaton will invest $3.6 million to move production from California to its facility at 4200 Oakley Court in Henrico County. This investment will create 80 new jobs through the expansion of production capabilities and the addition of new lines for electrical component manufacturing.
Governor Northam Announces Fort Monroe Named Site of Memory Associated with UNESCO Slave Route Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Fort Monroe as a Site of Memory Associated with the UNESCO Slave Route project. Fort Monroe shares this distinction with more than 50 other sites and entities linked to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. A historic marker will be placed on the grounds of the forthcoming African Landing Memorial at Fort Monroe. Governor Northam made the announcement at the newly-dedicated Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.
Nomination Period Begins for Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards, an annual program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers and organizations across the Commonwealth. The nomination period ends at 5:00 PM EST on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Governor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System
Governor Ralph Northam today invited Virginians to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. The Commonwealth’s new, centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they are on the wait list, and learn more about Virginia’s vaccination program.
Governor Northam Announces Moog Inc. to Expand in Montgomery County, Creating 75 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B), a designer and manufacturer of high-performance motion control products and solutions, will invest $10.7 million to transfer existing jobs and equipment from one of its Blacksburg facilities to a larger building in the Falling Branch Corporate Park in Montgomery County. The company will have an additional 80,000 square feet at its new operation in Christiansburg to accommodate increased customers and demand and focus on production of its slip ring products for the industrial marketplace. Virginia successfully competed with multiple states for the project, which will create 75 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces $524 Million in New Funding for Virginia Rent Relief Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $524 million in new federal funding to help keep Virginia families in their homes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is funded through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program included in the recent federal stimulus package and will assist households and landlords with rent payments to avoid eviction. Governor Northam made the announcement at Gilliam Place Apartments, which is owned by the nonprofit organization Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Governor Northam Announces Additional General Fund Resources from Mid-Session Reforecast
Governor Ralph Northam today sent a letter to the General Assembly Money Committees announcing that a final mid-session revenue analysis shows Virginia’s tax revenues continue to strengthen.
VIDEO: Governor Northam Highlights Progress of Capitol Square Construction, Renovation
Governor Ralph Northam and the Department of General Services (DGS) today released a behind-the-scenes video tour of three high-profile Capitol Square construction and renovation projects: the new General Assembly Building, Old City Hall and Morson’s Row.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Seven Virginia Companies Increase Exports through Commonwealth’s International Business Acceleration Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that seven companies have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. VALET, which now has more than 300 graduated companies, assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.
Governor Northam Announces Second Annual ‘Black History Month Historical Marker Contest’
Governor Ralph Northam today invited Virginia students, educators, and families to participate in the second annual Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
Governor Northam Announces Six Rural Localities to Receive Over $3.8 Million in Community Development Block Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $3.8 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Montgomery, Scott, and Southampton, the towns of Appomattox and Independence, and the city of Norton. The funding will support projects that rehabilitate housing, improve water and sewer infrastructure, and facilitate COVID-19 recovery and response efforts, benefitting more than 1,400 low- to moderate-income Virginians throughout the six communities.
Virginia Issues January 2021 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that January General Fund revenues fell 2.4 percent from the previous year.
Governor Northam, Governor Hogan, and Mayor Bowser Request Federal Support to Vaccinate Essential Federal Employees
Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting increased federal support in administering the COVID-19 vaccines to essential federal employees.
Governor Northam Announces Babylon Micro-Farms to Expand, Relocate to Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Babylon Micro-Farms, a Virginia-based company that develops and produces remotely controlled, indoor hydroponic systems for growing fresh herbs, vegetables, and salad greens, will invest $140,000 to expand operations and relocate to the City of Richmond. Babylon’s new location in Scott’s Addition will enable the company to expand its capabilities in manufacturing, software development, and research and development so it can begin distributing nationally and internationally. Virginia successfully competed with Arizona and California for the project, which will create 24 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturer to Locate in Harrisonburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Valley Guard Supply LLC will invest $1 million to establish a personal protective equipment manufacturing facility in the City of Harrisonburg. A service-disabled, veteran-owned company, Valley Guard produces three-ply disposable masks that are 100 percent made in the United States and intends to manufacture other types of safety and security gear in the future. The project will create 45 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Second Report on Systemic Bias in Virginia Law
Today, Governor Ralph Northam recommitted to addressing the legacy of structural racism in Virginia’s laws, as his Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in the Law issued its second report outlining policy recommendations to confront the impacts of discriminatory laws. Many of these recommendations are reflected in Governor Northam’s current legislative priorities, including measures to restore voting rights, invest in education, and expand expungements of prior convictions.
Governor Northam Announces Grants to Improve Menchville Marina in Newport News, Redevelop Willis Building in Norfolk and Lovett Point in Portsmouth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $1 million in grants from the Port Host Communities Revitalization Fund (PHCRF) will help Virginia’s oyster industry by making upgrades to the Menchville Marina in Newport News, revitalize the vacant and obsolete 57,792-square-foot Willis Building in Norfolk, and stimulate the local economy by redeveloping the derelict and abandoned 51-acre Lovett Point property in Portsmouth for industrial use.
Virginia Selected for $725,000 Lumina Foundation Grant to Advance Equitable College Degree Attainment
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) was awarded a grant of $725,000 from Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to support efforts to advance equitable postsecondary outcomes across the Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education. This Equity Institutions grant complements a $500,000 Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) Partnership grant that Virginia received from Lumina in 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Vytal Studios to Establish Corporate Headquarters in Richmond, Creating 155 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Vytal Studios, a technology-based education and training content developer and producer, will invest $6.8 million to relocate its corporate headquarters from Austin, Texas to the City of Richmond. The company will renovate the facility at 1802 Semmes Avenue to include studio space for filming content and office space for development and post-production functions. Virginia successfully competed with Florida and North Carolina for the project, which will create 155 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Fortune Auto North America to Expand in Powhatan County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Fortune Auto North America, a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-performance racing suspension systems for Japanese and European vehicles, will invest $250,000 to expand its operation located at 1495 Oakbridge Terrace in Powhatan County. The company will add new equipment to meet increased demand and create 10 new jobs, doubling its workforce.
Governor Northam Launches 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program with Historic New Investment
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that applications for the 2021 Governor’s Fellows Program will be accepted through Monday, March 15, 2021, and invited students who are Virginia residents or who are attending colleges and universities in the Commonwealth to apply. Since 1982, the Governor’s Fellows Program has offered participants firsthand state government experience at the highest level of Virginia’s executive branch.
Governor Northam Calls on School Divisions to Safely Return Students to Classrooms Statewide
Governor Ralph Northam today called on all K-12 school divisions in the Commonwealth to make in-person learning options available by March 15, 2021 in accordance with the health guidance the Northam Administration put forward in January and new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recognizing significant learning losses over the past year, Governor Northam also encouraged school divisions to offer classroom instruction during the summer months for those who choose.
Governor Northam Calls Special Session to Begin February 10
Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on Wednesday, February 10 to align the legislative calendar with the customary 46-day length for odd-numbered years. This special session will coincide with the conclusion of the current 30-day session that began on January 13, and will ensure the legislature can complete its work on the state budget and pandemic relief.
Governor Northam Announces CMA CGM Group to Retain North American Headquarters in Norfolk, Expand Presence in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, will retain its North American headquarters in the City of Norfolk, including approximately 655 current employees, and will grow its presence in the Commonwealth, resulting in the creation of more than 400 new jobs in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.
Governor Northam Statement on Virginia Senate Passage of Bill to Abolish Death Penalty
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today after the Senate of Virginia voted on legislation sponsored by Senator Scott Surovell to ban capital punishment in the Commonwealth, which passed by 21 to 17 margin.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to Serve as 2021 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair
Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced that Appalachia’s 13 governors elected Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to serve as ARC’s states’ co-chair for 2021. As part of ARC’s federal-state partnership structure, the states’ co-chair is annually elected by Appalachia’s governors and works directly with the federal co-chair to invest in economic growth and development across the 13-state Appalachian region. In addition to facilitating ARC investments across the region, the states’ co-chair hosts ARC’s Annual Summit.
Governor Northam Announces Fourth Round of Funding for Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Project Grant Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the application period is now open for the fourth round of funding through the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot Program. Economic development grants totaling $10 million are available for projects in Southwest Virginia that reclaim abandoned mine land and diversify the region’s economy.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Fairfax County Information Technology Company to Create 296 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Kreative Technologies, LLC, a leader in information systems design, development, integration, and sustainment for the federal health care industry, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation at 4114 Legato Road in Fairfax County. The company will more than quadruple its current workforce of 67 with the creation of 296 new jobs.
Governor Northam Recognizes February as Black History Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation and made the following statement on Black History Month, which is celebrated in Virginia and nationwide during February.
Governor Northam Announces Afton Scientific to Expand Operation in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Afton Scientific, LLC, an FDA-regulated pharmaceutical contract manufacturing company supporting the life sciences industry, will invest $500,000 to expand its operation in Albemarle County. The company will add 20 new jobs and 8,000 square feet to its facility at 2020 Avon Court to accommodate its 50 percent growth over the past year and expected similar growth in 2021.
Governor Northam Welcomes Applications for Virginia Management Fellows Program
The application period for the fourth Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) cohort is now open, Governor Northam announced today.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Ice Cream Manufacturer to Expand in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Smiley’s Ice Cream, a producer of premium, homemade-style ice cream, will build a new ice cream manufacturing facility and retail store in Rockingham County, investing more than $1.15 million and creating eight new jobs. As part of this expansion, the locally-owned company will source an additional 18,000 gallons of Virginia-produced dairy and an additional 2,500 pounds of Virginia-grown fruits over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Legislative Steps to Increase Equity in State Procurement
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the results of the Commonwealth’s disparity study, which demonstrate the need for narrowly tailored race- and gender-conscious measures to increase equitable opportunities for woman- and minority-owned businesses in state contracting. The outcomes of the study will guide the Northam Administration’s ongoing work with General Assembly leaders to increase supplier diversity and equity in the state procurement process.
Governor Northam Announces Crown Holdings to Create 126 Jobs in Henry County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK), an industry leader in metal packaging technology, will invest $145 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henry County. The company will build a 355,000-square-foot aluminum beverage can production facility in the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 126 new jobs.
Virginia Enacts First-in-the-Nation Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Standards Amid Pandemic
Virginia’s permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules take effect today, after Governor Northam approved the standard adopted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board last week. The standards mandate appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $29.6 Million to Expand Broadband Access
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginians living and working in 11 localities will gain access high-speed internet thanks to more than $29.6 million in grants awarded through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI). The funding will support five projects, connecting more than 11,700 households, businesses, and anchor institutions to broadband service, and leveraging over $34 million in private and local investments.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Tabet Manufacturing Company, Inc. to Expand Norfolk Operation, Creating 68 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tabet Manufacturing Company, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of large suite communications equipment and custom solutions for military and industrial customers, will invest $6.5 million to expand its operation in the City of Norfolk. The company will construct a new manufacturing facility adjacent to its current facility at 1336 Ballentine Boulevard to increase production capacity. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the project, which will create 68 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Civica Inc. to Create 186 New Jobs in City of Petersburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that pharmaceutical manufacturer Civica Inc. (Civica) will invest $124.5 million to establish its first in-house pharmaceutical manufacturing operation in the City of Petersburg. The project will create 186 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Intertape Polymer Group to Create 50 New Jobs in Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG), a packaging products and systems company that supplies to retailers and manufacturers, will expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County to increase production for its e-retail packaging, coatings, and films. The company will add 30,000 square feet to its facility at 1101 Eagle Springs Road and act on a series of investments in production, operations, and capacity, totaling approximately $45 million over the next four years. Virginia successfully competed with Colorado, North Carolina, and Utah for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.
Governor Northam Commends Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as USDA Deputy Secretary
Governor Ralph Northam today commended President-elect Joe Biden for appointing Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Bronaugh has served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) since May 2018. Pending confirmation by the United States Senate, Commissioner Bronaugh will become the first African American Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 73 New Jobs in Russell County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rambler Wood Products will invest $7.6 million in the Town of Saint Paul to establish a new, value-added wood products manufacturing facility in the former Bush Furniture Industries building, creating 73 new high-wage jobs. The nearly 300,000-square-foot facility will make Rambler Wood Products the first business of its kind to operate entirely indoors, allowing for full-capacity production year-round. Through this project, the company is committing to source at least 55 percent of its timber from the Commonwealth, supporting regional loggers and forestland owners through the purchase of $22.3 million in Virginia-grown hardwoods over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Laminate Technologies to Expand in Henry County, Creating 42 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Laminate Technologies Inc. (LamTech), one of the largest privately held custom laminators in the United States, will invest $4 million to expand its manufacturing facility at 775 Industrial Park Drive in Henry County. The company will install a new automated hardwood plywood press line to increase capacity and production to serve its East Coast market. Virginia successfully competed with Ohio for the project, which will create 42 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces World’s Largest Flooring Manufacturer to Expand Operation in Carroll County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MHK), the leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial flooring products, will invest $22.5 million to expand its operation in Carroll County. The company will add 19,000 square feet to its facility at 351 Floyd Pike in Hillsville and install new extrusion and loom equipment to increase production speed. Virginia successfully competed with other states for the project, which will retain 75 existing jobs and create 35 new jobs.
Governor Northam Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address
Tonight, Governor Ralph Northam will deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address before a virtual joint session of the General Assembly. He will discuss Virginia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlight accomplishments from his third year in office, and share his vision to continue building a stronger, fairer, and more equitable Virginia. He will detail his proposals to support small businesses, give teachers a raise of more than two percent, expand access to early childhood education, legalize marijuana, and abolish the death penalty.
Virginia Releases December 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 15.1 percent in December, driven by solid growth in payroll withholding, corporate income tax, sales and use taxes, and recordation tax collections. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 7.8 percent through December, well ahead of the annual forecast of 1.2 percent growth.
Governor Northam Sets Special Election for 38th Senate District
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a writ of election declaring a special election in the 38th Senate District for March 23, 2021. The seat was previously held by Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr., who passed away on January 1, 2021.
Joint Statement from Bowser, Hogan, and Northam on Planning for 59th Presidential Inauguration
Today, the chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss planning for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The call covered recent requests by D.C. to the federal government, and the leaders discussed the need for enhanced planning and preparation compared to previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection on January 6, 2021. The Mayor and the Governors agreed to urge Americans not to come into Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration and to instead participate virtually.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on Death of Officer Brian D. Sicknick
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the death of United States Capitol Police Officer and Northern Virginia resident Brian D. Sicknick.
Governor Northam Statement on Violence at United States Capitol
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today after he deployed members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia State Police to respond to events in Washington, D.C.
Governor Northam Announces New Steps to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to support the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program and accelerate the pace of vaccinations across Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Advisory Committee on Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the leadership and members of a new advisory committee charged with making recommendations on culturally relevant and inclusive education practices in Virginia’s public schools.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.
Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today allocated an additional $20 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications. This new funding will bring the program total to $120 million and will enable more than 300 small business and nonprofit organizations that applied before the last round of funding was exhausted in early December to receive a grant award. Eligible applicants that are still in the pipeline have been notified via email that their applications have been re-opened.
Governor Northam Announces Industrial Hemp Company to Locate in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Shenandoah Valley Hemp, LLC dba Pure Shenandoah will invest nearly $3.3 million to establish an industrial hemp fiber processing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction facility in the historic Casey Jones building in the Town of Elkton. The company will create 24 new jobs and has committed to purchasing 100 percent of its industrial hemp from Virginia growers, resulting in nearly $5 million in payments to Virginia farmers over the next three years. Pure Shenandoah will become the first participant in the Virginia’s Finest trademark program to source the hemp used in its products exclusively from the Commonwealth.
Governor and First Lady Northam Open Executive Mansion for Virtual Holiday Tour
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam are inviting Virginians to experience the holiday decorations at the Executive Mansion virtually this year. In a new video released today, the First Lady and floral designer David Pippin take viewers on a virtual tour of the residence as it is decorated for the holiday season.
Governor Northam Announces Over $6 Million in GO Virginia Grants to Stimulate Economic Growth, Address Ongoing Impacts of Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced two allocations of Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants, totaling more than $6 million.
Governor Northam Announces Community Business Launch Awards for Blackstone and Buena Vista
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $90,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) grants for the town of Blackstone and the city of Buena Vista. CBL provides funding to conduct business plan competitions and offer training to entrepreneurs that aligns with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts.
Governor Northam Takes Action to Protect Businesses from Increasing Cost of Unemployment Insurance
Governor Ralph Northam today announced temporary changes to the Commonwealth’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will support Virginia workers and businesses whose livelihoods have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Executive Order Seventy-Four requires the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to mitigate a potential rise in the UI experience rating tax for businesses by holding them harmless for lay-offs that occurred during the pandemic. The temporary change will protect Virginia businesses from having to pay an additional $200 million to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The Governor is also directing the VEC to begin automatically distributing UI benefits to unemployed Virginians who have been held in the agency’s determination process.
Virginia Revs Up Statewide Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign to Bring Impaired Driving to a Standstill This Holiday Season
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth’s 19th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and enforcement effort is ramping up on Virginia’s roads this holiday travel season to help curb alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Virginia Removes Confederate Statue from U.S. Capitol
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from the United States Capitol overnight. A representative from the governor’s office was present for the removal along with United States Senator Tim Kaine and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Grant Funding to Improve Food Access in Underserved Communities
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the application period for the inaugural Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) begins today and will remain open through April 30, 2021. VFAIF will provide grants between $5,000 to $50,000 to support business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, or innovative food retail projects that increase food access in underserved communities.
Virginia to Partner with Unite Us to Create Statewide Infrastructure Connecting Health and Social Services
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will allocate $10 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to create Unite Virginia, a statewide technology platform designed to connect vulnerable Virginians to health and social services. Working with Unite Us, a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers, the Commonwealth will implement an integrated e-referral system that unites government agencies, health care providers, and community-based partners and supports Virginia’s continuing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Commonwealth Breaks Ground on Virginia Veterans Cemetery Expansion in Amelia
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the start of construction to expand the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia County, supported by a $5.23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries Admiration (NCA). The funds will be used to add 3,600 new pre-placed burial crypts at the cemetery, which is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS).
D.C., Maryland, Virginia Call for Additional Federal Funding for WMATA
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today urged the incoming Biden-Harris administration to provide increased federal support for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The leaders met virtually yesterday afternoon to discuss regional issues, including the COVID-19 response.
Commission Selects Barbara Rose Johns to Represent Virginia in U.S. Capitol
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commission on Historical Statues in the United States Capitol voted to recommend civil rights icon Barbara Rose Johns to represent Virginia in the National Statuary Hall Collection, replacing the existing statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Governor Northam announced earlier today that his proposed budget includes nearly $500,000 to replace the statue.
Governor Northam Announces 2020 Governor’s Honor Awards Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam today announced the recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Honor Awards during a virtual broadcast. The annual award program has 11 categories and recognizes state employees who have demonstrated exemplary service and commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Presents Budget Amendments to Restore Progressive Agenda, Provide Relief to Virginians, and Bolster Economic Recovery
Governor Ralph Northam today addressed the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly to share his proposed amendments to the 2020–2022 biennial budget. The Governor’s proposed budget provides funding for Virginia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bolsters the Commonwealth’s economic recovery, and continues restoring the bold, progressive agenda advanced during the 2020 legislative session.
Governor Northam Announces DHL Supply Chain to Create 577 New Jobs in Stafford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that DHL Supply Chain, a global leader in contract logistics, will invest $72 million to establish a state-of-the-art distribution operation for its Real Estate Solutions unit in Stafford County’s Venture Business Park. The company will build a 500,000-square-foot high-bay facility with highly mechanized equipment for material handling to serve the Mid-Atlantic region. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 577 new jobs.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Creating Statewide ‘Marcus Alert’
Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed legislation today establishing the ‘Marcus Alert,’ a statewide mental health alert system to ensure behavioral health experts are involved in responding to individuals in crisis, including by limiting the role of law enforcement. The law is named to honor Marcus-David Peters, a high school biology teacher who was killed by a police officer in Richmond while experiencing a behavioral health crisis in 2018.
Governor Northam Welcomes First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine to Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed one of the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a Bon Secours hospital in Richmond, Virginia. This initial allotment of 72,150 doses is arriving today and tomorrow at health systems across the Commonwealth and will be administered to frontline health care workers as early as tomorrow.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Robert Bloxom, Sr.
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Robert “Bob” Bloxom, Sr.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Mamye BaCote
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Mamye BaCote.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces $25 Million Investment in Historic Justice Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that his proposed budget will include nearly $25 million to transform historical sites and advance historic justice initiatives in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread
Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Fauquier, Pulaski, and Roanoke Counties to Advance Local Agriculture and Forestry Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Fauquier County, Pulaski County, and Roanoke County will each receive a grant of $20,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture and forestry initiatives amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will be matched by more than $67,000 in additional funding from the applicant communities, non-profit organizations, and local governments. This announcement comes on the heels of the Governor’s visit to the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center today, where he toured the facility and highlighted one of the three projects receiving AFID Planning Grants.
Governor Northam Announces eHealth Technologies to Create 160 New Jobs in Scott County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that eHealth Technologies, Inc., a provider of medical record and image retrieval and clinical intelligence services, will invest $375,000 to establish a new customer support center in Scott County. This initiative will create 160 new jobs.
Virginia Allocates $100 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund, Benefitting 2,500 Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the $100 million Rebuild VA economic recovery fund has awarded grants to 2,500 Virginia businesses and nonprofits whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All available funding for Rebuild VA has been fully committed, and Governor Northam is again calling on Congress to take swift action and pass a new relief package that delivers substantial aid to businesses and families by the end of the year.
Governor Northam Sets Special Election for Second House of Delegates District
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a writ of election declaring a special election in the Second House of Delegates District for January 5, 2021. The seat was previously held by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, who resigned effective December 12, 2020.
Governor Northam Announces Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to Locate East Coast Operations in Warren County, Creating 249 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, an unmanned aircraft systems service provider and original equipment manufacturer, will invest $6 million to locate its new East Coast headquarters for research, development, and manufacturing at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport in Warren County. Virginia successfully competed with Massachusetts and New Jersey for the project, which will create 249 new jobs.
Governor Northam Signs “Breonna’s Law”
Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed “Breonna’s Law” today. Sponsored by Delegate Lashrecse Aird and Senator Mamie Locke, the law prohibits the use of no-knock search warrants in the Commonwealth. Virginia is the third state in the country to ban this practice—and the first state to do so since the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, 26, who was killed in March during the execution of a no-knock search warrant in her Louisville, Kentucky home.
Governor Northam Announces International Automotive Components Group to Expand in Shenandoah County, Creating 47 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that International Automotive Components Group (IAC Group), a global supplier of automotive components and systems, will invest $4.6 million to expand its manufacturing operation in the Town of Strasburg and add new auto component lines and products to its existing capabilities at the facility. Virginia successfully competed with Ohio for the project, which will create 47 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Actions to Improve Coastal Resilience, Address Flooding Caused by Climate Change
As the Commonwealth continues to experience flooding and extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new executive actions to improve coastal resilience and protect Virginia communities.
Governor Northam Announces Organic Meat Snacks Wholesaler to Expand in Grayson County, Creating 40 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Grayson Natural Farms, LLC, a producer of the Landcrafted Food grass-fed, organic meat snacks brand, will invest $1.5 million to expand its smokehouse and production operation in Grayson County. The company will add 35,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility at 226 Industrial Lane in Independence. Virginia successfully competed with South Carolina for the project, which will create 40 new jobs.
Governor Northam Sets Special Election for 90th House of Delegates District
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a writ of election declaring a special election in the 90th House of Delegates District for January 5, 2021. The seat was previously held by Delegate Joseph C. Lindsey, who resigned effective November 15, 2020.
Governor and First Lady Northam, Cabinet Members Volunteer at Food Banks Across Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam, and members of the Governor’s Cabinet volunteered at food banks throughout Virginia today, highlighting the critical role food banks are filling for Virginians facing food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Releases Report on Marijuana Legalization
Governor Ralph Northam today released the Administration’s report on the impact of legalizing adult-use marijuana in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Hosts 343rd Annual Indian Tax Tribute Ceremony, Commemorates Native American Heritage Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today hosted a small delegation from the Mattaponi Indian Tribe and the Pamunkey Indian Tribe at the Executive Mansion in Richmond for the 343rd annual Indian tax tribute ceremony. This follows a proclamation issued by the Governor earlier this month designating November as Native American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Shenandoah Valley Organic to Create 110 New Jobs in Harrisonburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO), a family-owned organic chicken company, will establish a second 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in the City of Harrisonburg. The new facility will increase production capacity and retail packaging, allowing for more product availability in leading grocery stores across the United States. Virginia successfully competed with West Virginia for the project, which will create 110 new jobs.
Governor Northam Welcomes Filming of New Hulu Limited Series ‘Dopesick’ to Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that ‘Dopesick,’ the upcoming Hulu eight-episode limited series, will film in Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and the Roanoke regions, including Clifton Forge, this winter and is anticipated to continue through the spring. Developed by writer and executive producer Danny Strong, ‘Dopesick’ is inspired by the bestselling book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” by Virginia author Beth Macy.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Over $1.4 Million for Three Revitalization Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) awards for the towns of Vinton, Warsaw, and Wytheville, totaling more than $1.4 million. The IRF provides gap financing to leverage local and private resources to achieve market-driven redevelopment of deteriorated structures, creating a catalyst for long-term employment opportunities and ongoing physical and economic revitalization.
Governor Northam Announces $10 Million Investment in Oyster Restoration
Governor Ralph Northam visited the Elizabeth River Project’s learning barge today where he celebrated the restoration of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River and announced $10 million in new funding to support future oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay. This spending commitment marks the first time that capital funds, which are typically reserved for infrastructure projects, have been explicitly used to restore Virginia’s natural resources.
Governor Northam Announces Dynamic Aviation to Create 207 New Jobs in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dynamic Aviation, a leading provider of special-mission aviation solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide, will invest $47.9 million to expand its operation in Rockingham County. The company will establish a new 13,000-square-foot facility for office space and a composite shop, and a 33,000-square-foot hangar to house its legacy aircraft, including the first Air Force One. Virginia successfully competed against multiple states for the project, which will create 207 new jobs.
Governor Northam Signs Revised State Budget That Makes Key Investments, Provides Critical Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today signed House Bill 5005, Virginia’s revised biennial budget. The Governor called the General Assembly into special session on August 18 and has worked with legislative leaders to enact a spending plan that protects key priorities, preserves the Commonwealth’s financial options, and addresses critical challenges that Virginians are facing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces Klöckner Pentaplast to Expand Louisa and Wythe Operations with $68 Million Investment
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Klöckner Pentaplast Group (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, will invest a total of $68 million to expand its facilities in Louisa County and Wythe County, creating 54 new jobs in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Support for Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will introduce and support legislation to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The announcement comes as the Northam Administration prepares to release a report on the impact of legalizing adult-use marijuana, which was compiled with robust input from government officials, policy experts, healthcare professionals, and community leaders.
Governor Northam Announces Over 150 Tourism Programs Receive Funding to Aid Recovery, Spur Economic Activity
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program (RMLP). VTC revised its traditional Marketing Leverage Program to create the RMLP in an effort to support tourism initiatives in responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19
As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.
Virginia Issues October 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that General Fund revenues fell 2.7 percent in October with solid growth in sales and use taxes and recordation tax collections offsetting an expected decline in payroll withholding.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Highway Guardrail Manufacturer to Create 113 New Jobs in Washington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SPIG Industry, LLC, a manufacturer of highway guardrails and guardrail end terminals, will invest $7.9 million to expand its operation in the Bristol-Washington Industrial Park in Washington County. The company will build three large production plants and a welding shop, as well as a new rail spur line to serve the facility. SPIG chose Virginia after considering several other states for the project, which will create 113 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities. These programs offer day support, community engagement, and community coaching to individuals who are receiving Medicaid’s developmental disability waiver services.
Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia’s Private Institutions of Higher Education
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher education. This funding is proportionate to recently announced CARES Act funding for public institutions, and will be used to support COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts at Virginia’s private non-profit colleges and universities.
Governor Northam Allocates $60 Million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of $60 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support municipal utility relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Combined with the Governor’s proposed budget amendment to provide $60 million for jurisdictional utilities, the Commonwealth is directing a total of $120 million for residential and non-residential utility customers impacted by the ongoing public health crisis.
Governor Northam Directs $7 Million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia Food Banks
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will allocate $7 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to Virginia food banks to help Virginians who rely on food assistance.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Takes Action on Revised State Budget, Final Special Session Bills
Governor Ralph Northam took action on Virginia’s revised biennial budget today, sending ten amendments to the General Assembly. He also signed three new laws and proposed changes to one bill, which mark his final actions on legislation passed during the special session that began on August 18.
Governor Northam Announces Over $9 Million in GO Virginia Grants to Spur Economic Recovery, Support Long-Term Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced two allocations of Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants, totaling more than $9 million.
Governor Northam Applauds More Than $3.9 Million in Federal Funding for Communities in Appalachian Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will receive six grants totaling more than $3.9 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The funding will support recovery health programs, broadband infrastructure expansion, workforce development, natural gas line improvements, and rural tourism and job growth efforts.
Governor Northam Honors Recipients of 2020 Volunteerism and Community Service Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The annual program recognizes the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers and organizations to the well-being of the Commonwealth and its people.
Virginia Receives More Than $3.5 Million in Federal Funding to Support Vulnerable Youth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has been awarded more than $3.5 million in competitive federal funding to help vulnerable youth in Virginia. DCJS has received two awards from the United States Department of Justice through the Office of Justice Programs—$1.83 million under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program and $1.68 million under the Office of Victims of Crime’s Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking program.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Values Veterans Program Surpasses Goal of 65,000 Hires
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 67,000 Virginia military veterans have been hired through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program since its inception in 2012, surpassing the goal he set of 65,000 V3 hires by the end of his administration.
Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The new Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative will provide scholarships to eligible individuals to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety, and early childhood education.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by Madison County Winery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Revalation Vineyards will invest more than $2.3 million to build a new wine production facility, tasting room, and event space in Madison County. With this project, the company is creating five new jobs and committing to purchase nearly 60 tons of Virginia-grown grapes over the next three years.
Virginia Launches Largest Infrastructure Project in Commonwealth’s History
Governor Ralph Northam joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and state and local leaders to break ground on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project today. The $3.8 billion project will increase tunnel and interstate capacity along 9.9 miles of Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk, reducing congestion and easing access to the Port of Virginia and the world’s largest Naval base.
Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Announce Agreement to Spur Offshore Wind Energy and Economic Development
The governors of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia today announced a three-state collaboration to advance offshore wind projects in the region and promote the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United Sates as a hub for offshore wind energy and industry.
Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
Governor Northam Signs Sweeping New Laws to Reform Policing in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed new laws that will significantly advance police and criminal justice reform in Virginia. Governor Northam has been working closely with legislators on these measures since early summer, when the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor led to a national reckoning on racial bias in policing.
Governor Northam Statement on Circuit Court Ruling in Lee Monument Case
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement after Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled in his favor in Taylor v. Northam, affirming the Governor’s authority to remove the Robert E. Lee monument.
Governor Northam Announces Additional $116 Million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of more than $116 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s institutions of higher education. Consistent with the General Assembly’s recently advanced budget, the funding will be distributed to public universities and medical centers to support telework and distance learning infrastructure, personal protective equipment, sanitization and cleaning, and testing for students, staff, and faculty.
Governor Northam Announces New Furniture Manufacturing Operation to Bring Nearly 200 Jobs to Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ison Furniture Manufacturing, Inc., a North Carolina-based furniture manufacturer, will invest $3.5 million to acquire and renovate the recently closed A.C. Furniture Company, Inc. facility in Pittsylvania County. The company will also purchase new equipment for the assembly and full production of its upholstered furniture products. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 150 new jobs. The company’s supplier, Dogwood Global, LLC, will locate to a vacant 30,000-square-foot building onsite, investing $500,000 in new equipment and adding 45 new jobs to manufacture high-end wood tables and custom furniture frames that will be upholstered by Ison Furniture.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Allocates CARES Act Dollars to Help Free Clinics
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will use $3 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to reimburse members of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) for clinics’ COVID-19 expenses, including personal protective equipment, sanitation measures, telehealth, and hiring new staff.
Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be used to create a statewide program to distribute COVID-19 vaccines when such vaccines are approved for public use. Virginia’s draft vaccination plan was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework
Governor Ralph Northam today released the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework, which lays out the core principles of the Commonwealth’s approach to coastal protection and adaptation, and will serve as a blueprint for implementing Virginia’s first project-driven Coastal Resilience Master Plan by the end of 2021. Governor Northam made the announcement against the backdrop of the LaValette Avenue Kayak Launch and Fishing Pier in Norfolk where coastal flooding and seal level rise has led to severe tidal intrusion.
Governor Northam Announces $65.8 Million to Increase Child Care Access, Help Providers
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam today announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This new investment is supported by $58.3 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars as well as a reallocation of $7.5 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. First Lady Northam made the announcement during a virtual meeting of the Children’s Cabinet.
Governor Northam Signs New Laws to Support COVID-19 Response, Reform Policing
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed 16 new laws and proposed changes to five bills that will support the Commonwealth’s ongoing COVID-19 response and advance criminal justice reform.
Governor Northam Announces Silk City Printing to Relocate to Fluvanna County, Creating 93 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Silk City Printing, LLC will relocate its corporate headquarters from Paterson, New Jersey, investing $5.7 million to establish a new silkscreened apparel production operation in the former Thomasville facility in Fluvanna County that has been vacant since 2007. Virginia successfully competed with New Jersey for the project, which will create 93 new jobs.
Governor Northam Releases Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger
Governor Ralph Northam today released the inaugural Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger, which establishes a unified set of goals and strategies to prioritize food security during the current public health emergency and beyond. The Roadmap was produced by Governor Northam’s Children’s Cabinet.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Commonwealth Identifies New Ways to Return Unclaimed Property to Virginians During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program returned more than $67.8 million in unclaimed property to Virginians in fiscal year 2020, representing over 111,000 asset accounts. New virtual outreach has been implemented this year to assist individuals with filing their claims amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Bernard S. Cohen
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Bernard S. Cohen.
Governor Northam Authorizes Hazard Pay for Home Health Workers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $73 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide hazard pay to home health personal care attendants who served high-risk populations during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam, VMFA Recognize Healthcare Workers and First Responders with Free Admission to “Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities”
Governor Ralph Northam and Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), today announced that healthcare workers and first responders can receive free admission to the exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities on view now through January 18, 2021.
Governor Northam Announces Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance to Build Wind Energy Workforce in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of Virginia’s first offshore and onshore wind workforce training collaborative, the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance. The program will offer industry required certifications that are critical to the operations and long-term maintenance of wind projects. The Governor made the announcement addressing the 2020 Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit hosted by the American Wind Energy Association.
Virginia Releases September 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that September General Fund revenue increased 7.6 percent from the previous year, driven by growth in payroll withholding, corporate, and recordation tax collections.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Proclaims Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today declared Monday, October 12, 2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the first such proclamation in Virginia history.
Governor Northam Reminds Virginians to Register to Vote Ahead of Tuesday Deadline
With just a few more days until Virginia’s October 13 voter registration deadline, Governor Ralph Northam today urged all Virginians to check their registration status and make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming November 3 general election.
Governor Northam Announces Manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment to Expand, Creating 180 New Jobs in Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Premium-PPE, a manufacturer of AmeriShield branded masks and personal protective equipment, will invest $5.3 million to expand its operation in the City of Virginia Beach. The company will purchase additional equipment to increase manufacturing capacity and meet growing demand, creating 180 new jobs.
Governor Northam Directs More Than $220 Million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia’s K-12 Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of more than $220 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help K-12 public schools in Virginia. The funding will support COVID-19 preparedness and response measures for the 2020–2021 school year, including testing supplies, personal protective equipment, sanitization, and technology for distance learning. Funding will be distributed to all 132 public school districts using an allocation formula of $175 per pupil based on fall enrollment, with a minimum of $100,000 for each school division.
Governor Northam Announces Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is directing $12 million in additional funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), due to high demand for financial assistance. The program assists households and landlords with rent and mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19.
Governor Northam Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to improve broadband access in underserved localities.
Governor Northam Announces Plasser American to Expand in Chesapeake, Creating 98 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Plasser American Corporation, a manufacturer of railway construction and maintenance equipment, will invest $52.6 million to expand in the City of Chesapeake. The company will add a 45,000-square-foot, three-story office building and a new 82,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to increase production capacity. The investment plan also involves the renovation of existing infrastructure and the addition of manufacturing equipment, including an updated industrial paint booth. Plasser American will create 98 new jobs and acquire three adjoining properties to accommodate the expansion.
Governor Northam Announces Danish Manufacturer Rose Holm to Establish First U.S. Operation in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Danish company Rose Holm, a leading manufacturer of threaded bolts for the food and beverage, wind power, and heat exchange industries in Northern Europe, will invest $1.35 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Henrico County. The new operation will give the company close proximity to a major customer and further its wind energy efforts. Virginia successfully competed with Indiana for the project, which will create 10 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Innovative Workforce Program to Help Get Virginians Back to Work
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will invest $1.7 million over the next two years to expand the innovative Network2Work program, a unique workforce development initiative established by Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) that connects job seekers with local job networks and support services. The Commonwealth will work in partnership with the Virginia Community College System to scale up the Network2Work model in the Shenandoah Valley, Hampton Roads, and Greater Richmond regions.
Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Successfully Launches Fourteenth Resupply Mission to International Space Station
The 14th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station successfully launched today at 9:16 p.m. from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A located on Wallops Island. The mission, designated NG-14, is a partnership of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and Northrop Grumman. A launch attempt on October 1 was aborted due to a ground software issue that has been resolved.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Welcomes Major Donation from Smithfield Foods to Support Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Smithfield Foods has donated $100,000 to the Commonwealth of Virginia to support programs for homeless veterans and their families. The donation from the company’s philanthropic arm, The Smithfield Foundation, was presented to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) and will be designated to its Veteran Homeless Fund.
Virginia Raises a Glass to 32nd Annual Wine Month in October
Governor Ralph Northam today invited Virginians to celebrate the richness of Virginia wine and raise a glass to the 32nd annual Virginia Wine Month this October. The oldest wine month in the country, the annual celebration occurs as winemakers traditionally harvest grapes off the vine and prepare their next vintages. This year, the month-long festivities will be held in accordance with social distancing guidelines and culminate with multi-faceted virtual Harvest Party celebrations on October 17.
Governor Northam Announces Mount-It! to Locate First East Coast Operation in Prince George County, Creating 85 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mount-It!, a leading distributor of more than 500 types of mounting solutions, will invest $7.45 million to establish its first East Coast warehouse and distribution facility in the former Quality Way building in Prince George County. The new operation will give the company strategic access to its largest customer base. Virginia successfully competed with Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia for the project, which will create 85 new jobs.
Virginia Launches New Open Data Portal to Enhance COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Open Data Portal now includes more than a dozen new COVID-19 datasets from the Virginia Department of Health. The launch of the new Virginia Open Data Portal, which is a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Data Officer and the Library of Virginia, was accelerated amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to provide greater access to the data informing public health officials and allow Virginians to interact with it.
Governors Release Joint Statement on Threats to American Democracy
A coalition of 12 governors, including Governors Jay Inslee (WA), Kate Brown (OR), Gavin Newsom (CA), Phil Murphy (NJ), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), Ralph Northam (VA), John Carney (DE), Steve Sisolak (NV), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), and JB Pritzker (IL) released a joint statement today on recent threats to the democratic process and reports of efforts to circumvent the election results.
Virginia Receives $775,000 Federal Grant to Increase Coordination Between Military, Wind Energy Industry
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) awarded Virginia a $775,000 grant to support the siting of wind energy projects across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Gourmet Peanut Butter Manufacturer to Locate in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that OmMade Peanut Butter, a Virginia’s Finest® company, will invest nearly $300,000 to establish an all-natural, gourmet peanut butter manufacturing operation in Fairfax County. Over the next three years, the woman- and minority-owned company will source 30,000 pounds of peanuts from Virginia farmers. The new facility will be located in one of the target redevelopment areas for the county and will feature a storefront to complement its production activities. The project will create five new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Hitachi ABB Power Grids to Invest $6.2 Million to Expand Manufacturing Operation in Bland County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Hitachi ABB Power Grids, a leader in power and energy technologies, will invest $6.2 million to upgrade equipment and increase manufacturing capacity at its Bland County operation. The facility is the largest private-sector employer in the county and the leading producer of dry-type transformers in North America. The Bland County operation successfully competed with other Power Grid manufacturing facilities across the United States for this project, which will create 40 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $1.7 Million for Projects That Help Virginians Impacted by COVID-19 on the Peninsula
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $1.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for three projects in James City and York counties and the city of Williamsburg that will assist local governments and community partners in meeting the needs of Virginia families and small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $8.4 Million to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Response Efforts in Rural Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $8.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 14 projects that will help rural communities across Virginia respond to recover from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor and First Lady Northam Test Positive for COVID-19
On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive. Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Rent and Mortgage Relief Program for Landlords
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the expansion of the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which first launched at the end of June with $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. Landlords can now apply to receive financial assistance for current and past-due rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020 on behalf of their tenants who qualify for RMRP. This new application is available in addition to the existing tenant-based application.
Governor Northam Announces Refinancing Plan to Save Virginia Colleges and Universities More Than $300 Million Over Next Two Years
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a higher education refinancing plan that will save Virginia’s public colleges and universities more than $300 million over the next two years. The Commonwealth of Virginia will take advantage of low interest rates by refinancing bonds issued by the Treasury Board of Virginia (TBV) and the Virginia College Building Authority (VCBA), which institutions of higher education use for capital projects. The Governor was joined by George Mason University President Dr. Gregory Washington and state legislators for the announcement at the university’s Fairfax campus.
Governor Northam Announces Huntington Ingalls Industries to Establish Unmanned Systems Facility in Hampton
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) will create more than 250 new jobs by establishing an Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton. HII is the nation’s largest military shipbuilding company and provides professional services to government and industry. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. Businesses that received funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and supply chain partners of businesses whose normal operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to receive grants of up to $10,000. Businesses that have received federal funds must certify that they will only use the Rebuild VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Hampton Roads Transportation Funding Law, Welcomes New Electric Transit Buses
Governor Ralph Northam celebrated the launch of Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses today, as he ceremonially signed a new law that provides dedicated funding for the first time in Hampton Roads Transit’s history.
Governor Northam Casts Vote in November General Election on First Day of Early Voting in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today voted early in person at the Richmond general registrar’s office on the first day of Virginia’s 45-day early voting period. New laws allow all Virginians to vote absentee by mail, or in person at their local registrar’s office or satellite locations. The Governor signed legislation this year removing a previous provision that required absentee voters to provide a reason for voting early, so any Virginia voter may vote early without providing a specific reason.
Governor Northam Proclaims Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today encouraged all Virginians to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, which is observed each year during the month ending on October 15.
Governor Northam Announces Four New Virginia Main Street Communities
Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed the towns of Cape Charles, Onancock, Tappahannock, and Tazewell to the Virginia Main Street program. The newly designated communities completed a competitive application process and will receive intensive services to help strengthen their downtowns, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. These include market analysis, marketplace development, capacity building, design assistance, organization development, economic strategies, and façade renderings for redevelopment projects.
Virginia STEM Education Commission Presents Recommendations to Governor Northam
The Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Commission today presented Governor Ralph Northam its recommendations for creating a statewide vision and a dynamic set of shared goals to inform how the Commonwealth prepares students for STEM jobs of the future. The Commission’s final report outlines a path forward for ensuring equitable opportunities and access to STEM education and aligning Virginia’s efforts to the rapidly evolving needs of employers.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Easing of Restrictions in Hampton Roads
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that, due to significantly improved health metrics in the Eastern Region, localities in Hampton Roads will join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Virginia Issues August 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that August General Fund revenue collections decreased 0.2 percent from the previous year.
Governor Northam Statement on State Lawsuit Against EPA Over Failure to Protect Chesapeake Bay
Governor Ralph Northam, who serves as chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, issued the following statement today after Virginia joined Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia in filing suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce the terms of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement which require partner states to reduce their pollution levels in the allotted time frame.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $6 Million to Support State and Local Criminal Justice Programs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than $6 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program was approved by the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Services Board of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The Committee awarded 171 grants to localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies throughout Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces $4 Million to Expand Legal Aid Services for Virginians Facing Eviction
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years. This critical investment comes as thousands of Virginians continue to be at risk of eviction and is supported in part by a $2 million donation from IKEA U.S. Community Foundation. The Governor will match the donation with $2 million from Virginia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was approved by the General Assembly in April.
Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth Presents Recommendations to Governor Northam
The Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth today presented their final report to Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Board of Education, and other key advocates for diversity and inclusion in Virginia classrooms. The report includes the Commission’s findings and recommendations on how to improve Virginia’s history and social science standards of learning and ensure that all teachers have the professional development supports needed for culturally competent instruction.
First Lady Pamela Northam Kicks Off Third Annual Back to School Tour in Southwest Virginia
As millions of Virginia students and educators begin an unprecedented school year altered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, First Lady Pamela Northam will make socially distanced and virtual visits to child care classrooms, family day homes, Head Start programs, elementary schools, and other providers that serve the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and families.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Floyd, Loudoun Counties to Support Local Agriculture During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Floyd County and Loudoun County will each receive a grant of $20,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both projects fill an immediate need for farmers in these communities who are struggling after the loss of sales to restaurants and at farmers’ markets. The grants will be matched by more than $80,000 in additional funds coming from the applicant communities and their non-profit partners.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of New African American History Course
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that students in 16 Virginia school divisions will be able to increase their understanding of African American history by participating in a new high school-level elective course this academic year.
Governor Northam Announces Israeli Renewable Energy Company to Establish U.S. Headquarters in Arlington
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Energix Renewable Energies Ltd., one of Israel’s largest renewable energy companies, will invest $1.1 million to establish its U.S. subsidiary headquarters in Arlington County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 33 new jobs. Governor Northam met with Energix executives in Israel during an international trade and marketing mission in November 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Torc Robotics to Expand in Montgomery County, Creating 350 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Torc Robotics, a Blacksburg-based leader in self-driving vehicle systems, will invest $8.5 million to expand its software development operations in Montgomery County. The company will establish an additional facility at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in close proximity to its current operation in the Blacksburg Industrial Park. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and Texas for the project, which will create 350 new jobs.
Virginia Launches 19th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign to Curb Impaired Driving
Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off the Commonwealth’s 19th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce enforcement and public education campaign to combat impaired driving and prevent alcohol-related injuries and fatalities on Virginia’s roads. Modified to address safety and health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the period of increased enforcement will take place from August 26 through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically around key holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Governor Northam and VMFA Announce Recipients of Artist Relief Grants
Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director and CEO Alex Nyerges today announced 40 Virginia artists who will receive $5,000 grants through a special program to help visual artists impacted by COVID-19. The Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program, which launched in June, will distribute a total of $200,000 in funding.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Receives Approval to Expand Access to Health Care through State-Based Exchange
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been approved to proceed with a state-based health insurance exchange. Approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows Virginia to take over some functions of its current federal exchange beginning with open enrollment this November, and puts the Commonwealth on a path to full control by 2023.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Address Impacts of COVID-19 in State-Operated Psychiatric Hospitals
Governor Ralph Northam has issued Executive Order Seventy to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Virginia’s state-operated psychiatric hospitals and ensure the safety of patients and staff during the ongoing health crisis.
Governor Northam Elected Chair of Chesapeake Executive Council
The Chesapeake Executive Council today elected Governor Ralph Northam to chair the six-state regional watershed partnership responsible for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.
Governor Northam Proposes Voter Protection Measures Ahead of November General Election
Governor Ralph Northam today announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The measures were unveiled by the Governor during a virtual Joint Meeting of the House Appropriations, House Finance, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees, and will be considered by legislators during the special General Assembly session set to begin this afternoon.
Virginia Takes Historic Steps to Secure a Clean Energy Future
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated Virginia’s once-in-a-generation progress on clean energy by ceremonially signing historic legislation that accelerates the Commonwealth’s transition to a carbon-free future. The Governor signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which establishes bold energy efficiency standards and provides a pathway for new investments in solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, and energy storage. Additional legislation signed by the Governor advances shared solar and energy storage programs, and dramatically transforms the rooftop solar market.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces T-Mobile Customer Experience Center will Relocate to Henrico County, Create Up to 500 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS), one of the largest wireless network operators in the country, will relocate one of its Customer Experience Centers to the former Sam’s Club on Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County. This relocation will bring $30 million in new investment to the facility, retain approximately 800 jobs, and create up to 500 new jobs, bringing the facility’s total employment to approximately 1,300 full-time employees.
Governor Northam Unveils Priorities for Upcoming Special Session
Governor Northam today unveiled his administration’s key priorities for the upcoming Virginia General Assembly special session, set to begin on Tuesday, August 18. Legislators will reconvene to address Virginia’s biennial budget, which has been severely impacted by the ongoing global pandemic. In addition, Governor Northam is proposing several measures to advance equity, reform policing, and protect the safety, health, and welfare of Virginians during this crisis.
Virginia Companies Increase Exports through Commonwealth’s Two-Year Business Acceleration Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 10 companies across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. VALET, which now has over 300 graduated companies, assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.
Governor Northam Announces GO Virginia Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Regional Workforce Development, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) will award more than $5.5 million to support projects that will help address economic and public health challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The four regional projects and one statewide competitive project receiving funding are focused on strengthening the health sciences workforce pipeline, advancing new renewable energy ventures, and developing a regional services network for entrepreneurs.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Study
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study in Northern Virginia. Interim results from Virginia’s ongoing adult serology study show an estimated 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. The new pediatric study, completed in collaboration with Inova Health System, will measure the proportion of children and teens with antibodies to COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces Musser Lumber Company to Expand Sawmill in Wythe County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Musser Lumber Company, Inc. will expand current operations in Rural Retreat, creating 12 new jobs and investing $2.4 million in Wythe County. The family-owned company is adding new production and drying capacity for sawdust and wood shavings which it will source exclusively from Virginia sawmills. Over the next three years, this will lead to more than $8.5 million in additional forest product purchases.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $2.5 Million Awarded to Four Localities for Water and Sewer System Improvements
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Buchanan, Lee, and Wise, and the Town of Pulaski. The funding will support water and sewer system improvements to assist low- to moderate-income individuals and households.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $7 Million Awarded to Seven Localities for Housing Rehabilitation and Community Development
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Brunswick, Floyd, and York and the towns of Blackstone, Glade Spring, La Crosse, and White Stone. The funding will support housing rehabilitation and business district improvements to assist low- to moderate-income individuals and households.
Governor Northam Statement on the Third Anniversary of Violence in Charlottesville
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement marking the three-year anniversary of deadly violence in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Announces New Hydroponic Greenhouse in Goochland County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Greenswell Growers, Inc. will invest more than $17 million to establish a new commercial hydroponic greenhouse operation in Goochland County’s West Creek Industrial Park. The company will create 27 new jobs in addition to internships and learning opportunities for Goochland County High School’s Career and Technical Education students.
Governor Northam Awards Funding for 18 Community Development Projects Across Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 18 communities across the Commonwealth will receive $278,000 in Virginia Main Street grants to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts as part of Virginia’s COVID-19 economic recovery strategy. Nine Downtown Investment Grants were awarded to the Designated Main Street towns of Culpeper, Luray, South Boston, St. Paul, and Wytheville, and the cities of Danville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, and Lynchburg.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.
Governor Northam Launches COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data. Users opt-in to download and utilize the free app.
Virginia Joins Bipartisan, Interstate Compact to Expand Rapid Antigen Testing
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a cutting-edge interstate compact to expand the use of rapid antigen testing in Virginia. Governor Northam joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in this bipartisan agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation, which represents the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Isaias
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Isaias, which is expected to impact parts of coastal Virginia starting on Monday, August 3, 2020.
Governor Northam Announces $644.6 Million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars Distributed to Local Governments
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will distribute $644.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to local governments in its second and final round of allocations. These payments represent the remaining 50 percent of local allocations and do not include $200.2 million that Fairfax County received directly from the federal government. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to provide funding to states and eligible units of local government navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Contain COVID-19 in Hampton Roads Region
Governor Ralph Northam today outlined new actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Hampton Roads region, which has seen a recent increase in new cases, hospitalizations, and positive tests. The new restrictions will apply to the Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Prepare for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam is reminding all Virginians to prepare now as peak hurricane season approaches and the Commonwealth continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier today, the Governor and his cabinet joined state local public safety agencies for a virtual exercise to test Virginia’s hurricane readiness and address the challenges of managing disaster response and recovery efforts during the ongoing health crisis.
Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be made available through Rebuild VA, a new economic recovery fund, and grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses.
Governor Northam Announces Homegrown Technology Consulting Company to Expand Operations in Montgomery County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Modea, a technology company that specializes in digital strategy for healthcare organizations, will invest $100,000 to grow its operation in Montgomery County. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Modea recently moved to a larger office space located at 301 South Main Street and will expand to accommodate new business, creating 20 new jobs.
Commission Recommends Removal of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee Statue from U.S. Capitol
Governor Ralph Northam today applauded a unanimous vote by the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol recommending the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from National Statuary Hall. The Commission made its recommendation following a virtual public meeting hosted by the Department of Historic Resources (DHR). The Governor testified before the Commission in favor of removing the statue.
Governor Northam Announces 90 Virginia Destinations Receive Funding to Support Tourism Businesses
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than $866,000 will be awarded to 90 destination marketing organizations (DMO) through the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) new DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program announced in June. First Lady Pamela Northam joined VTC leaders and local officials at an event in the City of Alexandria to recognize Visit Alexandria as a grant recipient and highlight the city’s small businesses that are demonstrating resilience in the face of public health and economic crises.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 18
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is calling the General Assembly into special session on Tuesday, August 18, following the Governor’s traditional end-of-fiscal-year report to the General Assembly’s money committees. A special session is necessary to adopt a budget based on the revised revenue forecast in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Governor Northam will work closely with legislative leaders and advocates to propose additional criminal justice and policing reform.
Governor Northam Sets Special Election for 29th House of Delegates District
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a writ of election declaring a special election in the 29th House of Delegates District for November 3, 2020. The seat was previously held by Delegate Chris Collins, who resigned effective June 28, 2020.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Ease Transitions for Military Families
Governor Ralph Northam today signed legislation to expedite the occupational and professional licensure process for military spouses during a special ceremony that kicked off the quarterly Virginia Military Advisory Council meeting.
Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. These first-in-the-nation safety rules will protect Virginia workers by mandating appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. The actions come in the absence of federal guidelines.
Governor Northam Announces Acoustical Sheetmetal Company to Expand in Virginia Beach, Creating 200 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Acoustical Sheetmetal Company (ASC), a manufacturer of sound attenuating and weather protective enclosures for on-site power generation equipment, will invest $15.8 million to expand its operation in the City of Virginia Beach. The company, which operates three facilities in Virginia Beach, will add a 100,000-square-foot facility to increase production. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 200 new jobs.
Virginia Celebrates First Mission Using New Payload Processing Facility After Successful Rocket Launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, the United States Space Force, and Northrop Grumman celebrate the successful launch of a Minotaur IV rocket carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission, named NROL-129, launched today at 9:46 a.m. EDT from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0B located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces $34 Million Investment to Electrify Port of Virginia, Support Local Clean Transportation Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will invest $14 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) to replace all-diesel cargo handling equipment at the Port of Virginia with zero-emission all-electric equipment, and $20 million to fund the Clean Air Communities Program to electrify government fleets across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Issues Year-End Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia ended fiscal year 2020 with a deficit of approximately $236.5 million in general fund revenue collections. While the shortfall was expected due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s economy and budget, it is smaller than anticipated, and overall, revenues increased 2.0 percent over fiscal year 2019.
VIDEO: Governor Northam Ceremonially Signs Sweeping Gun Safety Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated passage of historic gun safety laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which includes sweeping new measures to require background checks on all gun sales, establish an Extreme Risk Protective Order, reinstate Virginia’s successful one-handgun-a-month policy, mandate reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and prevent children from accessing firearms.
Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaborative effort among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, while driving economic growth. RGGI members include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and now Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Bausch + Lomb to Expand in Lynchburg, Create 79 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health business of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), will invest more than $35 million to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Lynchburg. In total, 79 new jobs will be created over the next five years.
Governor Northam Launches “Clean Energy Virginia” Initiative to Drive Investment in Renewable Energy, Support Jobs of the Future
Governor Ralph Northam today launched Clean Energy Virginia, a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and help meet the Commonwealth’s goals for clean energy production, which include powering 100 percent of Virginia’s electricity from carbon-free sources. This initiative comes on the heels of an historic General Assembly session in which the Governor signed legislation that will transform Virginia’s electric grid and create new business opportunities for the clean energy sector.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Hydroponic Greenhouse Facility in Northampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Shore Breeze Farms will expand operations at its hydroponic greenhouse facility in Northampton County, increasing its production of Virginia-grown leafy greens by thirty percent. The company provides Virginia-grown lettuces to Virginia public schools, local restaurants, and farm stands on the Eastern Shore and in Virginia Beach. This is the first Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund grant awarded to Northampton County.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $10.3 Million to Support 790 Affordable Housing Units
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $10.3 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing (ASNH) loans for 14 projects across the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 790 affordable housing units for low-income and very low-income Virginians. The projects will support new construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations and will leverage over $181 million in additional federal, state, local, and private lending resources.
Governor Northam Announces Fleetwood Homes to Create 60 New Jobs in Franklin County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Fleetwood Homes, a leading homebuilder and maker of manufactured homes, plans to invest $2.1 million, including $700,000 in new equipment, to renovate and expand its Rocky Mount facility. The project will create 60 new jobs in Franklin County.
Governor Northam Applauds Historic Progress As New Laws Take Effect in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam highlighted new laws that take effect today as Virginia begins a new fiscal year. The Governor worked closely with members of the General Assembly to take forward-looking and historic steps to protect vulnerable Virginians, increase equity, and position the Commonwealth for future growth and success.
Governor Northam Prohibits Congregating in Bars, Stresses Caution As Virginia Moves to Phase Three
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that bar seating will remain prohibited in restaurants as the Commonwealth moves into Phase Three at midnight tonight. While key health indicators in Virginia are improving, the Governor made clear that he is taking a cautious approach and is prepared to implement tighter restrictions if needed.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $4.2 Million to Stimulate Economic Recovery in Virginia’s Appalachian Region
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is recommending more than $4.2 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for 17 projects in the Appalachian region of Virginia, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia. ARC grants are used to stimulate economic development by funding projects such as infrastructure, entrepreneurship development, and workforce development. The federal commission will finalize approval of these project awards later this year.
Governor Northam Announces The Hershey Company to Invest $135 Million, Create 110 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Hershey Company will invest $135 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The company will increase production capacity at its existing facility in Stuarts Draft by 90,000 square feet and create 110 new jobs.
Governor Northam Launches Rent and Mortgage Relief Program to Assist Virginians Facing Eviction or Foreclosure
Governor Ralph Northam today launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which will provide $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage payments.
Governor Northam Signs Monumental Offshore Wind Legislation, Tours First Offshore Wind Project in Federal Waters
Governor Ralph Northam today ceremonially signed landmark offshore wind legislation and led a delegation of legislators, industry members, and stakeholders to tour the ongoing construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind demonstration project located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is the first offshore wind project to be installed in federal waters. Once completed, the two six-megawatt wind turbines will provide enough electricity to power 3,000 homes.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Ashton Lewis to Establish New Pine Sawmill in Caroline County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ashton Lewis Holding Company (“Ashton Lewis”) will invest $11 million to establish a new specialty southern yellow pine sawmill in Ruther Glen, impacting 44 jobs in Caroline County. Ashton Lewis has a reputation for producing quality pine products both in the United States and internationally and sources the highest value pine logs for the production of various lumber and wood products. The company has committed to source 90 percent of all pine lumber purchases from Virginia forestland owners.
Governor Northam Commemorates Pride Month as New Laws Advancing LGBTQ+ Rights Take Effect in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam is commemorating Pride Month in Virginia as sweeping new laws to expand rights and protections for LQBTQ+ individuals take effect on July 1. At the beginning of the month, the Governor issued a proclamation declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia to celebrate the state’s LGBTQ+ communities and their fight for inclusion and equality.
Governor Northam Announces Metalworx to Relocate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility to Grayson County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Metalworx, Inc., a manufacturer of highly-engineered and precision-manufactured components, assemblies, and products for a variety of industries, will invest $7.6 million to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing functions from South Carolina to the former Core Fitness Complex in Grayson County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 59 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Drake Extrusion to Expand Henry County Operation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Drake Extrusion, Inc., a subsidiary of Sweden-based Duroc AB and a manufacturer of colored filament yarn and staple fiber, will invest $6.9 million to expand its operation in Henry County. The company will establish an additional manufacturing facility in a vacant 120,000-square-foot building on Industrial Park Drive to accommodate its growing business in the polypropylene fibers market. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 30 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New State Historical Highway Markers Highlighting Black History
In recognition of Juneteenth, Governor Ralph Northam today announced 20 newly approved state historical highway markers that address topics of national, state, and regional significance in Virginia’s African American history. The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the markers at its public quarterly meeting on June 18. Five of the 20 new markers were suggested by students across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s inaugural Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
Governor Northam Announces $246 Million to Support Response to COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities
Governor Ralph Northam today announced new guidelines and testing requirements for reopening long-term care facilities, and outlined how the Commonwealth will direct $246 million, primarily from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, to support long-term care facilities in their response to COVID-19. In addition, the Governor is directing the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to make public facility-specific data regarding COVID-19 cases and deaths associated with long-term care facilities.
Governor Northam Proclaims June 19, 2020 Juneteenth Freedom Day
Governor Ralph Northam today proclaimed June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Freedom Day, calling all Virginians to observance and encouraging them to join in commemorative events throughout the Commonwealth. Earlier this week, performing artist and Virginia native Pharrell Williams joined the Governor as he announced plans to mark Juneteenth as a permanent paid state holiday.
Governor Northam Announces New Recovery Marketing Aid for Tourism Businesses
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that new recovery marketing funds are available to destination marketing organizations (DMO) across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, which is administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), will provide up to 50 grants to DMOs of up to $10,000 each.
Governor Northam Announces Major Hemp Processing Facility Locating in Halifax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BRD Extraction, LLC, doing business as Blue Ribbon Extraction, will invest $3.26 million to establish Virginia’s first large-scale industrial hemp processing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction facility in the Town of South Boston. The project will create 22 new jobs and the company has committed to sourcing over 90 percent of hemp purchases from Virginia growers, resulting in more than $70 million in payments to Virginia farmers over the next three years. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the company expects to be able to process up to 5,000 pounds of industrial hemp per day, primarily grown by local farmers, most of whom are current or former tobacco farmers.
Governor Northam Outlines Phase Three Guidelines to Lift Additional Public Health Restrictions
Governor Ralph Northam today presented the third phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to continue easing public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces $2.48 Million to Support New Research Commercialization in Emerging Technology Sectors
Governor Ralph Northam today announced 26 small technology-based businesses and four universities will receive incentive grants to commercialize their research in clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems. The new Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) grants award $2.48 million in funding and leverage more than $13 million in matching investments to drive progress in emerging technologies.
Governor Northam to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he intends to mark Juneteenth as a permanent paid state holiday, starting by giving state employees a day off this Friday, June 19. Virginia has long marked Juneteenth by issuing a proclamation, but the date has not previously been considered a state holiday.
Governor Northam and VMFA Announce Virginia Visual Artist Relief Program
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Director and CEO Alex Nyerges today announced a special program to assist visual artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: the Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program.
Governor Northam Announces 332 New Jobs in City of Newport News
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that S23 Holdings, LLC and its affiliates, which include East Coast Repair and Fabrication (ECR), an industry leader in the marine, industrial, and commercial sectors, will invest $64.4 million to establish a corporate and industrial campus for ship repair, manufacturing, and to rehabilitate piers. Virginia successfully competed with Florida and Puerto Rico for the project, which will create 332 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces New Affordable Housing in Charlottesville and Newport News
Governor Ralph Northam today announced two new affordable housing programs that will build upon efforts to provide safe and secure housing for all Virginians. The $3 million in Vibrant Community Initiative (VCI) funding will support affordable housing and community development in the cities of Charlottesville and Newport News.
Governor Northam Announces ASGN to Create 700 New Jobs Across Virginia, Move Corporate Headquarters to Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN) will invest a total of $12.4 million to move its corporate headquarters from Calabasas, California to Henrico County and grow operations across the Commonwealth, creating a total of 700 new jobs and advancing Virginia’s economic recovery strategy.
Governor Northam Announces $14.66 Million for New Economic Resilience and Recovery Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $14.66 million for a new Economic Resilience and Recovery Program to respond to the unprecedented economic conditions facing Virginia and address the near and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative was created through a restructuring of Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) funding. The program will focus resources on economic resilience and recovery while staying true to the GO Virginia mission of creating higher-paying jobs that strengthen and diversify regional economies.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Data Sharing Platform to Help Combat COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), Virginia’s cross-agency, cloud-based, data-sharing and analytics platform, is expanding to help the Commonwealth mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and maintain an adequate supply of resources.
Grant Program Available for Local Governments to Support Agriculture and Forestry Industries During COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new way for local governments to support agriculture- and forestry-based businesses during the COVID-19 emergency through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program.
Governor Northam Announces New Tools for Virginia Workers and Job Seekers
Governor Ralph Northam today shared a new suite of technology tools to help Virginians take full advantage of the supportive services available through the Commonwealth’s workforce system. The Virginia Career Works Referral Portal is a statewide platform designed to streamline intake processes across state agencies and connect individuals with training, certification, education, and employment services to help them find a job or advance a career path. The new Virginia Career Works Dashboard is an innovative data visualization tool that makes information about Virginia’s labor market and workforce system more accessible to workers, businesses, and policymakers.
Governor Northam Announces FerraTex Solutions to Establish Flagship Manufacturing Facility in Henry County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that FerraTex Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) solutions, will purchase the former Compton Wood Products facility in the Bowles Industrial Park in Henry County. The company will invest approximately $1.95 million to renovate and expand the facility to accommodate increasing demand. FerraTex, a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Felts Inc., will add 15 new jobs at the site located near the Martinsville Applied Felts operation, which has been in Martinsville since 1997 and employs 150 workers.
Governor Northam Provides Guidance for Reopening Higher Education Institutions
Governor Ralph Northam today issued guidance for Virginia public and private higher education institutions as they develop plans to safely reopen their campuses and resume in-person instruction. This guidance document was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health, and was informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor is directing all of Virginia’s colleges and universities to create detailed reopening plans that demonstrate compliance with this new guidance.
Governor Northam Recommits to Addressing Inequities in Virginia’s Laws and Regulations
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he is expanding the mission and extending the term of the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law.
Virginia Releases May 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenue collections fell 20.6 percent in May, which is slightly better than expected. This is primarily due to delaying the individual tax due date to June 1, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on payroll withholding and retail sales.
Governor Northam Extends Executive Orders Bolstering Health Care Workforce, Giving Flexibility to Medicaid Providers
Governor Ralph Northam today extended Executive Orders Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight, which were originally signed in April and were due to expire on June 10.
Governor Northam Announces $66.8 Million in Emergency Education Relief Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Unveils Updates to ConserveVirginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced updates to ConserveVirginia, the Commonwealth’s data-driven land conservation strategy and multilayer mapping tool for identifying high value lands and conservation sites. ConserveVirginia 2.0 includes three significant changes that reinforce the Governor’s priorities on water quality and historic justice and equity.
Governor Northam Appoints Jehmal Hudson to State Corporation Commission
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the appointment of Jehmal T. Hudson to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC). The SCC serves as an independent branch of state government and oversees the Commonwealth’s utility regulation, insurance, and state-charged financial institutions. Hudson has served in a variety of roles at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for more than a decade and he is the first African American appointed to the judicial seat.
Governor Northam Shares Guidance for Phased Reopening of PreK-12 Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. The K-12 phased reopening plan was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education and is informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Governor Northam Appoints Curtis Brown to Lead Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Governor Ralph Northam today named Curtis Brown as State Coordinator of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Mr. Brown has served as Chief Deputy State Coordinator for more than four years and takes the helm of VDEM as the agency continues to coordinate the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. He is the first African American to serve as State Coordinator of Emergency Management.
Virginia Announces Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on all eviction proceedings in Virginia. The Governor requested this moratorium in a letter sent to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons this weekend.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam to Remove Robert E. Lee Statue in Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced plans to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.
Governor Northam Authorizes City of Hampton to Implement Temporary Curfew
Governor Ralph Northam today granted a request from local leaders in the City of Hampton to implement a temporary curfew due to civil unrest. This follows an emergency declaration signed by the Governor on May 31 to assist localities in responding to escalating violence across the Commonwealth. Earlier this week, the Governor granted authorization to officials in the cities of Richmond and Virginia Beach to extend curfews.
Governor Northam Announces Phase Two Guidelines to Further Ease Public Health Restrictions
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty-Five and presented the second phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to continue safely and gradually easing public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. The Governor also amended Executive Order Sixty-One directing Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond to remain in Phase One.
Governor Northam Announces Braven Environmental to Create 52 New Jobs in Cumberland County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Braven Environmental, a leader in deriving fuel from landfill-bound plastic, will invest $31.7 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Cumberland County’s shell building. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 52 new jobs. This is the first economic development announcement for Cumberland County since 2009.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency and Authorizes Assistance to Localities
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency and authorized assistance to localities in response to escalating violence across the Commonwealth. The Governor granted a request from Mayor Levar Stoney to extend a curfew in the City of Richmond.
Governor Northam Statement on Richmond Protests
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement about protests in the City of Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on Recent Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
Governor and First Lady Northam to Host “Virginia Graduates Together” Honoring Class of 2020
Virginians across the Commonwealth are invited to join Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in honoring the remarkable achievements of the class of 2020 during a statewide virtual celebration at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 29. The broadcast and streaming event, “Virginia Graduates Together,” is produced by Virginia Public Media (VPM) in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education, and will be distributed by public television stations throughout Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Microsoft Corp. to Create 1,500 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Microsoft Corp. will invest $64 million to establish a new software development and R&D regional hub, which will create 1,500 new jobs. The company will occupy 400,000 square feet in the Reston Town Center in Fairfax County for its new location, anticipated to be ready for employees in summer 2021. The plans include a new retail space for engaging directly with customers. Governor Northam met with Microsoft on an economic development mission at its headquarters in Washington in 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.
Virginia Receives USDA Approval to Join SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that for the first time, more than 740,000 Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be able to pay for their groceries online and have them delivered, after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Virginia to participate in an innovative online purchasing pilot program.
Commonwealth Deploys Artificial Intelligence-Powered Online Tool to Help Virginians Self-Screen for COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginians can now use COVIDCheck, a new online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource, including COVID-19 testing.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $95 Million in Grants to State and Local Criminal Justice Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of more than $95 million in federal grant funding to 229 localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies throughout Virginia to support state and local criminal justice programs. The Criminal Justice Services Board of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) approved these grants during its May 21 virtual meeting.
Governor Northam Signs Two-Year State Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today took final action on nine pieces of legislation from the 2020 General Assembly session, including the biennial budget. This concludes a historic legislative session that moved Virginia forward by enacting reforms to criminal justice and gun safety laws and investing in the Commonwealth’s world-class workforce, transportation infrastructure, and high-performing education system while ensuring protections for vulnerable Virginians, the environment, workers, women’s rights and voting rights.
Governor Northam Highlights New Housing Resources and Eviction Protections
Governor Ralph Northam today shared new resources to protect Virginians from eviction and support individuals who have lost their job or income due to COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces Education Work Group to Help Guide Process for Safe, Equitable Reopening of Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Education Work Group to help chart a path forward for determining how schools can safely reopen later this year.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Accomack County and the City of Richmond would delay implementation of Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease restrictions on certain business operations. Both the City of Richmond and Accomack County requested these extensions, and will enter Phase One no earlier than midnight on Thursday, May 28.
Governor Northam Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities
Governor Ralph Northam today urged the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in two federally-run detention centers in Virginia, the Farmville Detention Center and the Caroline County Detention Center, and offered state support to do so.
Virginia Releases April 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that April revenue collections fell 26.2 percent, primarily due to the extension of individual and corporate income tax deadlines until June 1 to provide relief to Virginians amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Virginia Sells Center for Innovative Technology Office Building Complex in Northern Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the sale of the Center for Innovative Technology Office Building in Northern Virginia. Proceeds from the property sale will be directed toward efforts to drive research and job creation in emerging technologies.
Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Northern Virginia Localities
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Sixty-Two, allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease restrictions on certain business operations that were put in place in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces Health Equity Pilot Program with City of Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a pilot program with the City of Richmond to support the Commonwealth’s ongoing focus on health equity. The partnership aims to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment (PPE) in underserved communities that may be most adversely impacted by the virus. Virginia’s Health Equity Leadership Task Force is working to leverage data to prioritize areas experiencing disproportionate impacts and is partnering with the City of Richmond to establish policies and programs to address these critical issues.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions
Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. The Phase One guidelines will be implemented when the data meets the public health criteria outlined by the Commonwealth. The new executive order modifies public health guidance in Executive Order Fifty-Three and Executive Order Fifty-Five and establishes guidelines for Phase One.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive Three Critical Care Decontamination Systems
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Virginia to receive three Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems™ (CCDS) that can collectively sterilize up to 240,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) per day for reuse. The three systems will be operational in the Town of Blacksburg, the City of Newport News, and Chesterfield County within the next week.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal student loan borrowers through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Governor Northam Acts to Ensure Liability Protections for Healthcare Workers
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty, which reinforces certain existing statutory liability protections for Virginia healthcare workers. Due to COVID-19, public and private healthcare providers are operating with limited resources and may be forced to serve patients outside of conventional standards of care.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Unveils Blueprint for Easing Public Health Restrictions
Governor Ralph Northam today presented the “Forward Virginia” blueprint, which will help guide the Commonwealth on when to safely begin easing public health restrictions. The blueprint includes a phased approach that is grounded in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and has specific goals to contain the spread of the virus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and medical capacity.
Governor Northam Postpones Upcoming May Elections in Response to COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today invoked his statutory authority to postpone the May General and Special Elections by two weeks, from May 5, 2020 to May 19, 2020. Elections are scheduled in 56 localities across the Commonwealth. The Governor also moved the June primary elections from June 9, 2020 to June 23, 2020.
Governor Northam Taps Broad Group of Leaders for COVID-19 Business Task Force
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a diverse group of leaders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, which will continue to provide advice and guidance to the Cabinet on a safe, responsible strategy for easing restrictions on businesses and individuals.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Giving Flexibility to Medicaid Providers
Governor Ralph Northam today made it easier for Medicaid recipients to access medical care amid the current public health crisis, by signing Executive Order Fifty-Eight. This order is a companion to the COVID-19 relief package approved yesterday by the General Assembly and will give the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to flexibility to make critical services more accessible to people who need them as a result of the pandemic.
Governor Northam Extends Ban on Elective Surgeries, Closure of DMV Offices
Governor Ralph Northam today extended the current ban on elective surgeries by one week, until May 1, and the closure of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) public-facing offices by two weeks, until May 11. Virginia State Police are directed to continue suspending the enforcement of motor vehicle inspections and take several additional measures through July 31.
Governor Hogan, Governor Northam, and Mayor Bowser Urge Trump Administration to Continue Telework for Federal Employees
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have sent a letter urging the Trump administration to continue to keep telework policies in place for the federal workforce. More than one-fifth of the nation’s federal workforce lives in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Governor Northam Hails General Assembly Session That Propels Virginia Forward
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on General Assembly action during today’s reconvened session.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Actions to Expand Health Care Workforce
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Fifty-Seven, implementing several new policies to bolster Virginia’s health care workforce to assist with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. This order comes days after the Governor called for additional medical and non-medical volunteers as part of a statewide effort to combat novel coronavirus. It is estimated that up to 30,000 additional workers are needed in Virginia’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public health departments, should a surge occur.
Virginia Dramatically Decreases Jail Population Following Guidance from Governor Northam
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s collaborative efforts to release low-level offenders from local and regional jails in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are working, and the administration’s guidelines have been effective in decreasing the jail population.
Governor Northam Requests Additional Federal Support for Virginia Workers, Economy
Governor Ralph Northam today sent a letter to the Virginia congressional delegation thanking them for their ongoing partnership and outlining additional requests for federal support in response to COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces $70 Million in New Funding to Expand Access to Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an additional $70 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding through the federal CARES Act to further support the provision of child care for essential personnel.
Governor Northam Extends Business Closures for Two Weeks to May 8
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will extend Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through Friday, May 8, 2020. The order, originally signed on March 24, bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.
Governor Northam Issues Call for Additional Volunteers to Meet COVID-19 Health Care Demand
Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional details of a statewide effort in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to recruit medical and non-medical volunteers in the fight against COVID-19. It is estimated up to 30,000 volunteers are needed to provide support for the expected surge in hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth.
Virginia Issues Final Pre-COVID-19 Revenue Report
Governor Ralph Northam today announced March revenue results and cautioned that future reports will reflect significant economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Governor Northam, University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute, RAND Corporation Present Infectious Disease Modeling on Impact of COVID-19 Mitigations in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam, in partnership with researchers from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute and the nonprofit RAND Corporation, released new infectious disease modeling on the impact of COVID-19 mitigations in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of ‘Virtual Virginia’ to Support Distance Learning During School Closures
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a dramatic expansion of Virtual Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education’s existing online learning system, to allow every teacher in the Commonwealth to host virtual classes while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. These resources include a platform that enables all Virginia public school teachers to share lessons and activities with their students through June 30.
Governor Northam Signs New Laws to Support Virginia Workers
Governor Ralph Northam has signed nearly two dozen new laws to support working Virginians, including legislation to combat worker misclassification and wage theft, ban workplace discrimination, and prohibit non-compete covenants for low-wage workers.
Governor Northam Signs Clean Energy Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam is accelerating Virginia’s transition to clean energy by signing the Virginia Clean Economy Act and by amending the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act that requires Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Governor Northam Signs Sweeping New Laws to Expand Access to Voting
Governor Ralph Northam has signed landmark new laws to repeal Virginia’s voter ID law, make Election Day a state holiday in Virginia, and expand access to early voting.
Governor Northam Signs Bold New Laws to Reform Criminal Justice
Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law criminal justice reform legislation that he proposed in January. The package includes measures raising the felony larceny threshold; permanently eliminating driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs; raising the age of juvenile transfer to adult court; and reforming parole.
Governor Northam Signs Landmark Legislation on Historic Justice, Equity
Governor Ralph Northam today signed new laws that repeal racist and discriminatory language from Virginia’s Acts of Assembly, give localities the ability to remove or alter Confederate monuments in their communities, and begin the process of replacing Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the United States Capitol.
Governor Northam Signs Virginia Values Act
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed the Virginia Values Act, making Virginia the first state in the South to enact comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Virginia Reproductive Health Protection Act
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which repeals medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare.
Governor Northam Signs Historic Gun Safety Legislation into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several landmark gun violence prevention measures into law, including legislation to enact an Extreme Risk Protective Order, require background checks on all gun sales, mandate reporting of lost and stolen firearms, prevent children from accessing firearms, and reinstate Virginia’s successful one-handgun-a-month policy.
Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions Providing Relief for Restaurants and Distilleries Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today issued an executive directive authorizing the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) to defer annual fees for licenses and permits that would be up for renewal through June. The Governor also directed the Virginia ABC to allow establishments with mixed beverage licenses, such as restaurants and distilleries, to sell mixed beverages through takeout or delivery, effective at midnight Thursday.
Governor Northam Announces Plans to Postpone Upcoming Virginia Elections in Response to COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today requested the General Assembly move the May General Election and all special elections scheduled for May 5, 2020 to the November 3, 2020 General Election date to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Governor is also exercising his statutory authority (§ 24.2-603.1 of the Code of Virginia) to move the June primary elections from June 9, 2020 to June 23, 2020.
Virginia Uses Genetic Technology to Combat COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of General Services’ (DGS) Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) is one of the first public health labs in the nation to use genetic technology to help public health officials better understand and track the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen prevention and response efforts.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Emergency Funding to Shelter Virginia’s Homeless Population
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter Virginia’s statewide homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency support will provide temporary housing for the approximately 1,500 Virginians who are currently unsheltered or rely on shelters that require them to leave every day. The funding will also provide housing for individuals in shelters that may need to be quarantined, or where social distancing is not feasible.
Virginia Receives Major Disaster Declaration from Federal Government for COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has received a Major Disaster Declaration to aid in the Commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Governor Northam requested this federal disaster assistance on Monday, March 30.
Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Complete 2020 Census Online Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Governor Ralph Northam today encouraged Virginians to complete the 2020 Census online as the country works to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. This week, households across Virginia began receiving invitations from the U.S. Census Bureau to complete the 2020 Census. For the first time ever, individuals are able to complete their forms online, via phone, or mail. The statewide virtual Week of Action from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2 will highlight Census Day on April 1, and encourage Virginians participate in the 2020 Census.
Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries
Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures to help conserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Joint Statement from Bowser, Hogan, and Northam on Regional Coronavirus Response
Today, the chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) response throughout the region.
Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions to Address COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today announced further actions to protect public health and support Virginians impacted by the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit
Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today issued a public health emergency order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters. The order gives local and state law enforcement the ability to enforce this ban, which was announced by the Governor earlier today, if needed.
Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional steps to help Virginians impacted by novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus in the Commonwealth, and protect public health.
Governor Northam Statement on Death in Virginia from COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today on the death of a Virginian from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks
Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
February 2020 General Fund Revenue Collections Down 12.4% From Previous Year, Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues fell 12.4 percent in February, mainly due to the on time opening of this year’s tax processing season, which resulted in twice as many refunds being issued compared with last year’s delayed opening. In addition, withholding and sales tax receipts posted solid gains for the month. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.2 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.2 percent growth.
Governor Northam Announces Amazon to Build Two State-of-the-Art Operations Facilities in Hampton Roads, Hiring 1,500 New Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon is continuing its investments in Virginia with the launch of two new, state-of-the-art operations facilities in Hampton Roads that will create 1,500 new jobs. Amazon will establish a multi-story robotics fulfillment center in the City of Suffolk, creating 1,000 new jobs, as well as a 650,000-square-foot processing center (cross-dock) in the City of Chesapeake, which will bring 500 new jobs. Both operations are anticipated to launch in 2021. Governor Northam made the announcement at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center in Suffolk, where he was joined by local leaders and Amazon officials.
Governor Northam Announces 1901 Group to Establish Third Virginia Operation in Washington County, Creating 150 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 1901 Group, a leading provider of IT services for the public and private sectors, will invest $1.15 million in Washington County to establish its third Virginia operation, creating 150 new jobs. The new 1901 Group Operations Center at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator in Abingdon will expand the company’s operational footprint and enhance its cloud-based internet technology services. Virginia successfully competed with Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia for the project. Governor Northam visited Washington County to celebrate the announcement with company leaders and local economic development officials.
Governor Northam Statement on Final Passage of Historic Gun Safety Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement after the General Assembly approved seven out of eight of his proposed gun violence prevention measures.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs 49 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed 49 new pieces of legislation into law, including measures to expand the definition of “hate crime” and increase protections for transgender students in public schools.
Governor Northam Announces 12th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 12th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on Tuesday, March 10 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The event is held annually in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and the Port of Virginia. The conference will focus on the current trade environment, challenges and opportunities for agricultural and forestry exports, recent trade negotiations. Speakers will also address the potential impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on global trade.
Governor Northam Signs 32 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed 32 new pieces of legislation into law, including several important equity measures. Among the newly-approved legislation are bills to raise the felony larceny threshold, ban discrimination on the basis of hair, and repeal outdated, discriminatory language related to racial segregation in schools that is still on Virginia’s books.
Governor Northam Outlines Plans for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that state officials are executing longstanding public health plans in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Virginia currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, and state officials are continuously monitoring the virus worldwide. Governor Northam, joined by state public health officials, held a media briefing in Richmond today highlighting the Commonwealth’s preparations.
Governor Northam Signs 68 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed 68 pieces of legislation into law, including bills to make state facilities more inclusive, ban the harmful practice of “conversion therapy” for minors, and help returning citizens reintegrate into society.
Governor Northam Announces Direct Marketing Company to Establish New Venture in Henrico County, Creating 239 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Moore, a provider of marketing solutions, will invest over $31 million to establish Richmond Print Group in the former Colortree Group facility in Henrico County, creating 239 new jobs. The company will prioritize hiring the employees impacted by the abrupt closure of Colortree in June 2019, which laid off 240 people. In addition to direct mail service offerings, the company will manufacture envelopes at the new plant. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Massachusetts for the project.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Celebrates Groundbreaking for Coastal Resilience Project in the City of Norfolk
Governor Ralph Northam joined City of Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander and federal, state, and local partners to break ground on the Ohio Creek Watershed Project. The project is a collaborative effort to address the impacts of sea level rise in Hampton Roads.
Governor Northam Announces $49 Million Investment for New Mixed Paper Recycling Operation in the City of Chesapeake
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Total Fiber Recovery (TFR) will invest $49 million to establish its first recycled pulp production facility in the City of Chesapeake. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and South Carolina for the project, which will create 68 new jobs.
Governor Northam’s Letter to General Assembly Budget Conferees
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent the following letter to General Assembly Budget conferees outlining his priorities as lawmakers negotiate the state budget.
Governor Northam, Legislative Leaders Pledge Support for Increased Efforts to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans and Service Members
Governor Ralph Northam and members of the General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus today pledged their support to address suicide among veterans and military service members. The group also announced the start of a public awareness campaign to better connect service members, veterans, and their families with community-based mental health resources.
Governor Northam Announces New Farm Cidery to Locate in Downtown Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Bryant’s Small Batch Cider will open a new hard cider production facility and tasting room in the City of Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. The company will invest more than $250,000 to revitalize a historic commercial building and plans to plant several apple trees on site. The cidery will operate as a licensed Virginia farm winery, committing to source 100 percent of its apples from the Commonwealth, or nearly 25,000 bushels over three years. The project will create eight new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces SimpliSafe to Create 572 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SimpliSafe, a leading producer of self-installed home security systems, will invest $5.5 million to establish a customer support operation in the Willow Lawn area of Henrico County, creating 572 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project.
Virginia’s 868 Estate Vineyards Earns 2020 Governor’s Cup® with 2017 Vidal Blanc Passito
Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s 2020 Governor’s Cup® to 868 Estate Vineyards for their 2017 Vidal Blanc Passito. The winning wine was unveiled at the annual Governor’s Cup Celebration, which took place this evening at the Main Street Station in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Manufacturer to Create 180 New Jobs in James City County
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Navien, Inc., a leader in condensing technology for water heaters and boilers, will invest $77.5 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing and assembly operation in the former Lumber Liquidators facility in James City County, which will create 180 new jobs. The company will triple the footprint of the existing building, bringing it to nearly 900,000 square feet. Virginia successfully competed with Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for the project.
Governor Northam Signs 16 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he signed 16 pieces of legislation into law, including bills to encourage local energy-efficient transit strategies and reform parole eligibility for certain juvenile offenders.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Congratulates Winners of Governor’s Fire Service Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the Governor’s Fire Service Awards. The award recipients were recognized at a ceremony during the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Virginia Beach.
Governor Northam Announces Statewide 2020 Census Week of Action
Governor Ralph Northam today invited Virginians across the Commonwealth to participate in a 2020 Census week of action tomorrow through next Friday. Events throughout the week encourage Virginia residents to learn more about what’s at stake in the 2020 Census and to take action in their communities to help ensure Virginia has a complete and accurate count.
Governor Northam Announces Community Forums to Inform Statewide Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that his administration will host five community forums in March where Virginians can provide input on Virginia’s first-ever “Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.”
Governor Northam Announces Amazon to Launch Fulfillment Center in Prince George County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon will open a new fulfillment center for its Amazon Basics line in Prince George County. The company will lease the former 798,000-square-foot Ace Hardware Corporation facility, adding up to 150 new jobs to Amazon’s existing workforce of more than 10,000 full-time employees in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces New Funding to Preserve Farmland
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $350,000 in grants from the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund to help six localities protect their farm and forest land. The grants will be used as matching funds to permanently preserve working lands through local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs.
Governor Northam Celebrates 1,000th Virginia Values Veterans Employer
Governor Ralph Northam visited the headquarters of Carahsoft Technology Corporation today, recognizing the company as the 1,000th employer to earn certification in the Virginia Values Veterans program. Carahsoft is one of the leading technology solution providers in the nation and has grown into a $5.6 billion company with more than 1,000 team members since its founding in 2004.
Governor Northam Announces $1.3 Million in Grants to Advance Computer Science Education in Virginia Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $1.3 million in state grants to support the implementation of Virginia’s Computer Science Standards of Learning. In 2016, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring that the Standards of Learning include computer science and coding. The standards, which were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2017, are the nation’s first mandatory K-12 computer science standards.
International Space Station Resupply Mission Launches from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The 13th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station successfully launched today at 3:21 p.m. from Wallops Island. The mission will deliver 8,009 pounds of cargo to the space station.
Governor Northam Announces Plans to Protect Migratory Birds
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a comprehensive approach to address the loss of habitat for colonial nesting birds on the South Island of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), and create a backstop against the federal government’s failure to protect migratory birds.
Governor Northam Announces Additional Revenues from Mid-Session Reforecast
Governor Ralph Northam today sent a letter to the General Assembly Money Committees announcing additional revenues from a mid-session revenue reforecast. The reforecast accounts for better-than-expected January revenues, and will increase projected General Fund revenues by $292.5 million for fiscal year 2020.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s First Affordable Housing Investment for Amazon Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) made its first affordable housing investment as part of the Commonwealth’s partnership with Amazon. VHDA is the state’s public-private partnership that provides affordable housing without using state or general fund dollars.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Conduct Disparity Study for Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity has selected BBC Research and Consulting to conduct a disparity study that will assess procurement opportunities in Virginia for women- and minority-owned businesses. The most recent study was published in 2011.
Governor Northam Announces Cybersecurity Firm to Expand, Establish Headquarters in Stafford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that GRIMM, a cybersecurity engineering and consulting firm, will invest $435,000 to expand and establish a corporate headquarters operation in Stafford County, creating 23 new jobs.
January 2020 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 8.7% From Previous Year, Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 8.4%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that January General Fund revenues rose 8.7 percent from the previous January.
Governor Northam Celebrates Progress at Midpoint of Historic General Assembly Session
At the midpoint of the 2020 legislative session, Governor Ralph Northam marked historic progress towards a stronger, fairer, and more inclusive Virginia.
Virginia Works to Grow, Diversify STEM Educator Pipeline
Governor Ralph Northam today highlighted his proposed $1 million investment to increase pathways for students to become science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators at Virginia’s two public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the national UTeach program.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Response to Southwest Virginia Flooding
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency today in response to heavy rains and extreme flooding in multiple jurisdictions in Virginia.
Newly Unveiled Historic Markers Honor Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson
Governor Ralph Northam today joined community members and state officials to unveil two new historic markers honoring renowned civil rights attorneys Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson. Family members were present for the historic occasion.
Governor Northam Announces Women in Innovation Conference March 17 in Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that biochemist and STEM advocate Camille Schrier will keynote the Commonwealth’s second annual Women in Innovation (WIN) conference. She also serves as Miss America 2020. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) Innovation Program will host the conference in Richmond on Tuesday March 17, 2020, during Women’s History Month.
Governor Northam Launches Virginia Local Government Exchange Program
Governor Ralph Northam today launched the Virginia Local Government Exchange Program, designed to bridge cultural and geographic divides across Virginia. The pilot program will begin with two partnerships: Wise County and the City of Norton will team up with the City of Alexandria, and the City of Danville will connect with Loudoun County.
Governor Northam’s Commission on African American History Education to Hold Listening Sessions
Governor Ralph Northam’s African American History Education Commission is seeking community input as it examines how to strengthen African American history education and the Virginia history education standards in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The Commission is launching a series of public listening sessions in February and March.
Governor Northam Announces Grants to Grow Oyster Industry in Newport News, Revitalize Norfolk Railyard at Lambert’s Point and Former Coal Plant in Portsmouth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that new state “port host community” grants will help Virginia’s oyster industry upgrade the Menchville Marina in Newport News, complete a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development around Lambert’s Point in Norfolk, and redevelop the derelict site of the decommissioned former Cogentrix coal-fired power plant in Portsmouth.
Governor Northam Announces Specialized Truck Manufacturer to Double Production in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Custom Truck One Source, a manufacturer and distributor of specialized trucks and heavy equipment, will invest $2.6 million to expand its existing manufacturing operation in Bedford County. The company will double production at its operation in Forest, Virginia to meet growing demand from its customers, creating 61 new jobs.
Governor Northam Welcomes Advanced Manufacturing Company to Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that ePac Flexible Packaging, a provider of digitally printed flexible packaging, will invest $6.5 million to establish a new, high-tech manufacturing facility in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and Maryland for the project, which will create 35 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Acesur to Invest $11 Million to Locate First U.S. Production Facility in City of Suffolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Acesur, an international olive oil manufacturer, will invest $11 million to establish its first U.S. production operation in the City of Suffolk. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 29 new jobs. The new facility, which will handle the company’s bulk oil imports from Argentina, Australia, and Spain, will operate under its subsidiary, Acesur USA LLC.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Honor Black History Month
Governor Ralph Northam made the following statement on Black History Month, which is celebrated nationwide during February.
Governor Northam Announces ‘Black History Month Historical Marker Contest’
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the inaugural Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
Governor Northam Announces Mack Trucks to Launch New Medium-Duty Product Line in Roanoke County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mack Trucks will invest $13 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Roanoke County, creating 250 new jobs. The new venture will allow Mack to produce and sell a new line of medium-duty trucks. Virginia successfully competed with sites in several other states for the project.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Fast-Growing Screen Printing Company, Creating 118 New Jobs in Carroll County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Blue Ridge Designs, LLC, a fast-growing manufacturer of screen printed apparel, will invest $2.28 million to expand its screen printing operation in Carroll County. The project will create 118 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces New Farm Cidery to Locate in Downtown Harrisonburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sage Bird Ciderworks will open a new production facility and tasting room in the City of Harrisonburg’s Culinary District. This cidery project, which represents $155,000 in new investment, will create six new jobs and lead to the purchase of more than $53,000 of Virginia-grown products over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Cybersecurity Company to Expand in Fairfax County, Create 164 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Expel, Inc., a Virginia-based managed security provider, will invest $1.4 million to expand its operation in the Town of Herndon in Fairfax County. The company will grow its footprint by adding additional space to the current facility and creating 164 new jobs across its engineering, customer experience, IT, marketing, and sales teams over the next three years.
Governor Northam Applauds Deal to Jumpstart Offshore Wind Industry
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an agreement for Ørsted to lease a portion of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment. The agreement was ratified this morning by a unanimous vote of the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
Governor Northam Announces Medical Products Manufacturer to Bring 40 New Jobs to City of Franklin
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that GMAX Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and sourcing agent of medical disposable products for the healthcare industry, will invest $10.5 million to establish a manufacturing and distribution operation in Pretlow Industrial Park in the City of Franklin. The facility will centralize the company’s operations in-house, creating 40 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project.
Governor Northam and Legislative Leaders Highlight Plan to Improve Driver Safety, Modernize Transportation System
Governor Ralph Northam and legislative leaders today announced support for a comprehensive transportation package that will improve driver and pedestrian safety and modernize funding for transit, rail, and roads.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.6%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate held steady in December, as both the labor force grew and employment levels increased.
Governor Northam Announces Tech Company to Double its Workforce in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Macedon Technologies, an IT services company that uses the Appian software development platform, will invest $1.65 million to expand its corporate headquarters in Reston in Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed with Texas for the project, which will create 147 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Nearly $12 Million in Funding for 25 Affordable Housing and Homeless Reduction Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced nearly $12 million in funding to increase access to affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and provide permanent supportive housing options for Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The funding includes more than $10.7 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 12 projects and more than $1.2 million in Homeless Reduction Grants to support 13 projects funded through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, which assists local and regional efforts to implement affordable housing solutions.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of 2020 Governor’s Fellows Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that applications for the 2020 Governor’s Fellows Program will be accepted through Monday, March 9, and invited students attending Virginia colleges and universities to apply. Since 1982, the Governor’s Fellows Program has offered participants firsthand state government experience at the highest level of Virginia’s executive branch.
Governor Northam Announces Broadband Expansion to Connect More Than 36,200 Homes, Businesses, and Community Groups
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $18.3 million in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) to support 12 projects across Virginia. These projects leverage over $35 million in local and private matching funds and will connect approximately 36,000 households, including thousands of businesses and community anchor institutions. The VATI program provides targeted funding to extend service to areas that are presently unserved by any broadband provider. The Governor made the announcement at the Charles City branch of the Heritage Public Library, where he presented local officials with a check for one of the awarded projects.
Governor Northam Announces Nation’s Largest Medicinal Tea Producer to Locate Operation in Franklin County, Creating 56 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Traditional Medicinals, the leading seller of wellness tea in the United States, will invest $29.7 million to establish an East Coast herbal tea manufacturing and processing operation in the Summit View Business Park in Franklin County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 56 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces New Logistics Operation in Pulaski County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Patton Logistics Group will invest $12 million to establish a new logistics and warehousing operation in the New River Valley Commerce Park in Pulaski County.
Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration
We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. This resulted from weeks of planning and extensive cooperation among state, local, and federal partners in Virginia and beyond...
Supreme Court of Virginia Denies Challenge to Executive Order Forty-Nine
The Supreme Court of Virginia today denied a court challenge to Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to temporarily ban firearms on Capitol grounds from 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020 until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. The Supreme Court ruling keeps this policy in place and comes one day after the Richmond Circuit Court ruled to affirm the order.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Issues Proclamation in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized January 20, 2020 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia and issued a proclamation celebrating his legacy.
Richmond Circuit Court Upholds Executive Order Forty-Nine
The Richmond Circuit Court today upheld Governor Ralph Northam’s decision, outlined in Executive Order Forty-Nine, to temporarily ban firearms on Capitol grounds from 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020 until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Law enforcement intelligence analysts have identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Capitol Square Demonstration
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in advance of expected demonstrations on Capitol Square on Monday, January 20, 2020. Law enforcement intelligence analysts have identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend.
December 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 7.6% From Previous Year, Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 8.3%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total general fund revenues rose 7.6 percent in December, driven by solid growth in payroll withholding, sales and use taxes, and recordation tax collections. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 8.3 percent through December, well ahead of the annual forecast of 1.9 percent growth.
Governor Northam Statement on Death of Staff Sergeant Ian McLaughlin
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the death of United States Army Staff Sergeant P. Ian McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Flowers Foods to Invest $25 Million, Transform Bakery into Organic Facility in City of Lynchburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Flowers Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers of packaged baked foods, will invest $25 million to expand and transform its Lynchburg bakery into an organic facility, creating 15 new jobs. The bakery, which the company has operated for more than 40 years, will serve the Mid-Atlantic market. Virginia successfully competed with other states for the project.
Governor Northam Outlines Historic Justice and Equity Agenda
As the 2020 General Assembly session gets underway, Governor Ralph Northam today announced budget and legislative priorities for his historic justice and equity agenda.
Governor Northam Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address
Tonight, Governor Ralph Northam will deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address. He will highlight the accomplishments from his second year in office and share his vision to continue building a stronger, fairer, and more equitable Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 60 New Manufacturing and Technology Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DuPont) will modernize and expand its manufacturing and technology presence in Chesterfield County, the company’s largest manufacturing site. A global provider of technology-based materials, ingredients, and solutions, DuPont will invest more than $75 million in the Spruance site, creating approximately 60 new jobs over the next several years.
Governor and Legislative Leaders Launch Session United, Advance Common-Sense ‘Virginia 2020 Plan’
Governor Ralph S. Northam and legislative leaders today announced they will advance an 11-point ‘Virginia 2020 Plan’ of common-sense measures when the General Assembly convenes tomorrow.
Governor Northam Announces Legislative Proposals to Increase Access to Voting
Governor Ralph Northam today announced legislative proposals to implement early voting and make Election Day a state holiday. If passed, these important measures will make it easier for Virginians to exercise their right to vote.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Unveils Bold Criminal Justice Reform Agenda
Today, Governor Ralph Northam unveiled his proposed criminal justice reform agenda for the 2020 General Assembly Session. Legislative initiatives include decriminalization of marijuana, parole reform, raising the felony larceny threshold, raising the age of juvenile transfer to adult court, and the permanent elimination of driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs.
Governor Northam Signs Sweeping Executive Actions to Expand Opportunities for Virginians with Disabilities
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Forty-Seven and Executive Directive Six, the most comprehensive executive actions in Virginia history to ensure inclusion and opportunity for Virginians with disabilities.
Statewide Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign Ramps Up to Put the Brakes on Impaired Driving on New Year’s Eve
Governor Ralph Northam today reminded Virginians to travel safely over the New Year’s Eve holiday. The 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and enforcement effort is back on Virginia’s roads through the end of 2019 to spread awareness and combat the rise in drunk and distracted driving deaths.
New Program to Help Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Families
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new pilot program to help prevent suicide and close gaps in access to care for service members, veterans, and their families.
Governor Northam Announces Renewal of 15 Enterprise Zones to Support Local Economic Development
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the five-year renewal of 15 Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations. Businesses that locate in enterprise zones are eligible to receive state and local benefits. The program is a partnership between state and local government that encourages economic development through job creation and private investment.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Director of Virginia State Parks
Governor Ralph Northam today announced Melissa Baker as Virginia State Parks Director, the first woman to hold the position in the park system’s 83-year history.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Continues at 2.6%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s record low unemployment held steady and employment levels continued to rise in November.
Virginia and CSX Announce Landmark Rail Agreement
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a landmark agreement to expand reliability and service on Virginia’s rail lines, creating a pathway to separate passenger and freight operations along the Richmond to Washington, D.C. corridor. The parties will continue work to finalize definitive agreements with execution planned in the second half of 2020.
Governor Northam Invites Applications for Virginia Management Fellows
You still have time to apply to participate in the third Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) cohort, Governor Ralph Northam said today.
Governor Northam Announces Effort to Modernize Lighting on Virginia’s Roadways
New energy-efficient lighting will make nighttime driving safer on Virginia’s highways, Governor Ralph Northam said today. He announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will contract with Trane to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with light-emitting diode (LED) products, improving roadway visibility and energy efficiency.
Governor Ralph Northam Presents Historic 2020–2022 Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today presented his budget for Fiscal Years 2020–2022 to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly. His proposed budget is the most progressive in Virginia’s history, and makes significant investments in key priorities while maintaining strict fiscal responsibility.
Governor Northam Proposes $1.2 Billion Investment in K-12 Education
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced his budget will include one of the largest new investments in K-12 education ever proposed in Virginia, totaling $1.2 billion.
Governor Northam Celebrates Opening of Rocket Lab Launch Pad at Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Governor Ralph Northam announced activation of Rocket Lab’s first launch facility in the United States, located at Wallops Island.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Major Investments in Affordable Housing for Virginians
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced his proposed budget will include $92 million in new funding to address housing affordability, eviction rates, and supportive housing throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Unveils Tuition-Free Community College Program for Low- and Middle-Income Students
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will include $145 million over the biennium to make tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields. The Governor’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees, and books for eligible students at the Commonwealth’s two-year public institutions.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $5.8 Million for Regional Workforce, STEM, and Site Development Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $5.8 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) funding for nine regional projects. The GO Virginia Board reviewed and approved seven grant requests and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) reviewed and administratively approved two grant requests. These grants will help strengthen and diversify regional economies, build a pipeline of workers to support targeted industry sectors, and encourage collaboration among local governments, public sector partners, and private industry.
Governor Northam Announces Wegmans to Locate Distribution Campus in Hanover County, Creating 700 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Wegmans Food Markets, a grocery retailer with stores throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, will invest $175 million to establish a full-service, regional distribution operation in Hanover County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 700 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Indoor Vertical Farm to Bring 92 New Jobs to Danville-Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that AeroFarms® will invest $42 million to build their largest, most sophisticated indoor vertical farm to date in Cane Creek Centre, a joint industrial park for the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. AeroFarms uses proprietary aeroponic growing technology to produce highly flavorful leafy greens at a rate 390-times more productive than field-grown plants. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the 150,000-square-foot facility, which will create 92 new jobs.
Governor Northam to Protect Virginia’s Environment, Fight Climate Change, and Grow the Clean Energy Economy
Governor Ralph Northam said his budget will include $733 million in new funding for the environment and clean energy—including a half-billion-dollar capital investment.
Amazon Web Services, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, and Danville Community College Collaborate on New Fusion Splicing Certificate Course
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Danville Community College hosted a Fusion Splicing Certificate Course, a collaborative training event with Amazon Web Services and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave that earned participants an innovative fiber optic fusion splicing certificate. Approximately 30 individuals took part in the December 9–10 course, which offered training on cutting-edge technologies and equipment and covered fiber optic installation and repair. Sumitomo Electric’s world-class experts led the instruction in fiber optic technologies. The program also includes a career networking event to connect students and potential employers.
Governor Northam Proposes Historic Investment in Early Childhood Education
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced his proposed budget will include an historic investment in early childhood care and education. A total of $94.8 million in new funding will transform the Commonwealth’s early childhood education system to increase access for at-risk three- and four-year-olds, establish uniform accountability standards, and ensure educators have the training and support they need, especially in child care settings.
Governor Northam Announces Budget Proposals to Combat Maternal and Infant Mortality, Reduce Racial Disparity
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will include approximately $22 million to combat maternal and infant mortality and reduce the racial disparity in Virginia’s maternal mortality rate. Proposed funding will dramatically expand Medicaid coverage for new moms, increase home visiting, and explore Medicaid reimbursement for Doula support services.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 400 New Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA), a leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, plans to invest $25 million to establish a new vehicle inspection and reconditioning facility in Chesterfield County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee for the project, which will create an estimated 400 new jobs.
Governor Northam Commits to Repealing Racially Discriminatory Language in Virginia Law
Today, Governor Northam committed to repealing racially discriminatory language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly, as identified by the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law.
Governor Northam Announces Land Conservation Grants to Protect 17,000 Acres
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $5.89 million in Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) grants, which will fund a total of 19 conservation projects and protect more than 17,000 acres of land across the Commonwealth.
In Letter to Trump Administration, Governor Northam Reaffirms Virginia’s Commitment to Welcoming Refugees
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirming that Virginia will continue to welcome refugees fleeing danger and persecution.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Releases Recommendations to Protect Virginia Workers from Misclassification, Payroll Fraud
Governor Ralph Northam today released the final report of his Inter-Agency Taskforce on Worker Misclassification and Payroll Fraud, which outlines 11 recommendations to ensure Virginia workers receive the pay, workplace protections, and benefits they have earned. The report is the result of Executive Order Thirty-Eight signed by Governor Northam in August, which directed the Taskforce to produce updated recommendations to measure and combat misclassification ahead of the 2020 General Assembly session.
Governor Northam Pledges Continued Progress to Meet Affordable Housing Demands in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today highlighted his administration’s progress in enhancing the quality, availability, and affordability of housing in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces 25 New Information Technology Jobs in Spotsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that TES, a global provider of IT lifecycle services, will invest $1.29 million to establish an IT asset disposition center in Spotsylvania County. Virginia successfully competed with Delaware and Maryland for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Major Israeli Aerospace and Aviation Manufacturer to Expand in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company, will expand its North American headquarters operation at a new location in Fairfax County. The Governor made the announcement following a meeting with IAI officials in Tel Aviv during his international trade and marketing mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The project will bring more than 50 new jobs to Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces Alison Land as Commissioner of Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Alison Land, former Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Sentara Healthcare, will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Land’s appointment is the result of a thorough three-month search for a new Commissioner of DBHDS, following the tragic death of Dr. Hughes Melton in August.
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs in the City of Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that InMotion Hosting, Inc., a provider of business web hosting services, will invest $12.2 million to expand its presence in the City of Virginia Beach. The company will purchase and occupy a 61,000-square-foot facility where the majority of its technical support and customer service operations will be conducted. Virginia successfully competed with California and Colorado for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 2.6%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more people are working in Virginia than ever before, as employment levels rose and unemployment dropped in October.
Governor Northam Announces Life Science, Cancer Research Advancing in Virginia with $3.3 Million ‘Catalyst’ Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that non-profit corporation Virginia Catalyst has awarded $3.3 million in grants to six innovative life science and bioscience collaborations.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Israel and United Arab Emirates
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a six-day international trade and marketing mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates from November 15–21, 2019. The Governor will be accompanied by 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, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.
Governor Northam Celebrates Opening of I-395 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the new Interstate 395 Express Lanes will open on Sunday, November 17. The project extends the Express Lanes by eight miles for seamless connectivity between Fairfax County and Washington, D.C. The expansion gives drivers new options for faster and more predictable travel along one of the region’s most congested corridors and will save drivers an estimated 30 minutes during morning rush hour.
Governor Northam Announces Country’s Strongest Flood Protections for State-Owned Property
Virginia is taking new steps to address climate change, launching the country’s strongest flood protections for state-owned property, under Executive Order Forty-Five that Governor Ralph Northam signed yesterday.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s New State Fire Marshal
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the selection of Virginia’s new State Fire Marshal, Garrett Dyer. Garrett Dyer will oversee the law and code enforcement branch of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), and lead more than 28 inspectors and administrative support staff. The Virginia State Fire Marshal’s role is to implement and enforce the fire code.
Governor Northam Kicks Off Virginia Cider Week with Ribbon-Cutting in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off Virginia Cider Week at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for long-time Albemarle County producer Potter’s Craft Cider’s new tasting room.
Governor Northam Honors State Employees with 40+ Years of Service
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized 230 state employees in Central Virginia with 40 or more years of service to the Commonwealth during a special ceremony at the Science Museum of Virginia. This is the second recognition event to honor state employees.
October 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 9.6% From Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 8.5%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total general fund revenues rose 9.6 percent in October, driven by solid growth in payroll withholding, individual nonwithholding, sales, and recordation tax collections.
Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in the City of Norfolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that TST Fabrications, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TST Construction, will invest $4.1 million to expand its manufacturing presence in the City of Norfolk by acquiring the production assets of a sheet metal fabrication business. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina for the project, which will create 34 new jobs.
Virginia Receives $500,000 Lumina Foundation Grant to Help Close Gaps in Educational Attainment
A $500,000 educational equity grant by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation will help the Commonwealth of Virginia increase educational achievement for students of color by 5 percentage points over the next four years. Virginia is focusing on students who have traditionally been left behind, as it works toward its goal of being the best-educated state by 2030.
Governor Northam Announces First Ever International Trade Strategic Plan for Commonwealth of Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the first ever comprehensive International Trade Strategic Plan for Virginia. The plan lays out an aggressive goal to expand the Commonwealth’s international trade output by 50 percent over the next 15 years, increasing Virginia’s position from 41st in exports per capita to the top 20 states for exports per capita by 2035.
Virginia Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Amazon HQ2 Announcement
One year after Amazon announced plans to establish its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth is moving forward with long-term investments that include generating 31,000 new computer science graduates and replacing the capital region’s worst traffic chokepoint, Governor Ralph Northam said today.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Mary Christian
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Delegate Mary Christian.
Governor Northam, Governor Hogan Announce Historic ‘Capital Beltway Accord’ to Rebuild American Legion Bridge, Connect Interstate Highway System
Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) today announced a bi-state, bipartisan accord to create a new, unified Capital Beltway, replace the aging American Legion Bridge and relieve congestion at one of the country’s worst traffic chokepoints. The two governors made the announcement at the annual Capital Region Transportation Forum in Washington, DC.
Governor Northam Statement on Election of House Democratic Leadership
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in the City of Franklin
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Hubbard Peanut Company, Inc. (Hubs) will invest $1.6 million to establish a new operation in the City of Franklin. The company will create ten new jobs, increase their purchase of Virginia-grown peanuts by a third, and lead to additional investments in their Sedley facility. The project will locate in a former grocery store, helping revitalize a shopping center complex along the City’s main commercial corridor. The property is also part of a revenue-sharing agreement between the City of Franklin and Southampton County.
Governor Northam Announces Plans to Graduate 31,000 in Computer Science, Boosting Tech Talent Pipeline
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will invest in the Commonwealth’s tech talent pipeline to create 31,000 new computer science graduates over 20 years, under agreements he signed with 11 universities.
Governor Northam Statement on Sweeping Democratic Victories in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam tonight issued the following statement.
Twelfth Cargo Resupply Mission Heads to Space Station after Successful Launch from Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility celebrate the successful launch for Northrop Grumman’s 12th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission, designated NG-12, launched today at 9:59 a.m. from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia built MARS Pad 0A to accommodate the Antares 230+ rocket configuration and Cygnus spacecraft.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 315-Acre Expansion of Virginia’s Natural Area Preserves
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that during the month of October, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) added 242 acres to the Natural Area Preserve System, and conserved 63 acres of land through two open-space easements with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). These additions span four natural area preserves across the state that protect significant natural communities, supply vital habitat, protect rare species, improve water quality, and provide viewshed and development buffers. The land parcels were identified through ConserveVirginia, the data-driven land conservation strategy launched by Governor Northam in April.
Governor Northam Announces 150 New Jobs in the City of Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK), a leading global healthcare company, will invest $16.7 million to expand its consumer healthcare research and development center in the City of Richmond. GSK chose Virginia as one of three R&D laboratory hubs for their global Consumer Healthcare business and plans to add approximately 150 new jobs at the site.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s First Commercial Hemp Fiber Processor Locating in Wythe County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth’s first commercial industrial hemp fiber processing facility will locate in Wythe County. Vitality Farms, LLC, operating as Appalachian Biomass Processing, will invest $894,000, create 13 new jobs, and plans to purchase more than 6,000 tons of Virginia-grown industrial hemp over the next three years, at a value of more than $1 million. In March, Governor Northam signed legislation that was unanimously passed by the General Assembly to legalize the commercial growing and processing of industrial hemp by conforming Virginia law to the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. This is the first economic development announcement for Virginia’s industrial hemp industry.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Industrial Revitalization Funds
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $1,440,000 in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants for the towns of Bedford and St. Paul, and the cities of Covington and Richmond. IRF grants provide gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities. Governor Northam made the announcement at Virginia Union University, where IRF funding will support a project to redevelop the historic Industrial Hall building into a Center for African American History and Culture.
Governor Northam Announces Grant for Substance Use Recovery Programs at Virginia Colleges and Universities
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded $675,000 of federal State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to help expand substance use recovery programs at eight universities across the state.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Gerald L. Baliles
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Governor Gerald L. Baliles.
Governor Northam Announces New Wine Production Facility Locating in Nelson County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Sparkling Company will invest $590,000 and create six new jobs to establish a new sparkling wine production facility in Nelson County. The company will source exclusively from Virginia and is committing to purchase 168 tons of Virginia grapes over the next three years. This facility will be an important new asset for Virginia’s craft beverage industry, providing partner wineries a new high-quality product for engaging their customers.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Calls On Virginians to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs
Governor Ralph Northam today urged Virginians to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications this Saturday during the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. One of the easiest ways to help fight prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths is to discard any prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer in use. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year.
Governor Northam Announces 703 New Jobs in Danville-Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Morgan Olson, LLC, North America’s leading manufacturer of all-aluminum walk-in step vans, will invest $57.8 million to establish a new walk-in step van assembly operation in a 925,000-square-foot plant in Danville-Pittsylvania County currently owned by IKEA. Virginia successfully competed against Kentucky, North Carolina, and Ohio for the project, which will create 703 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces 41 New Jobs in Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that DroneUp, a web and mobile platform for on-demand drone pilot services, will invest $130,000 to expand its headquarters operation in Virginia Beach. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 41 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces 63 New Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cartograf, a leading provider of packaging solutions across a wide range of industrial sectors, will invest $65.3 million to establish its first folding and micro-corrugated package printing facility in the United States. The 100-acre site will be located in the Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and Georgia for the project, which will create 63 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces International Tourism to Virginia Reaches Record Level
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s international tourism visitation surpassed 1.1 million in 2018, with overseas visitors spending a record $2 billion. Since 2009, Virginia has witnessed a 22 percent increase in international visitation, welcoming an additional 200,000 visitors to the Commonwealth. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, Virginia saw a 5 percent increase, exceeding the national rate of 3.2 percent, based on data from Tourism Economics.
Governor Northam Welcomes Nominations for Volunteerism and Community Service Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards, an annual program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of Virginia citizens to the life and welfare of the Commonwealth and its people. The nomination period will end at 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Governor Northam Announces $6.5 Million Initiative to Improve Public Safety Communications Systems in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a $6.5 million initiative to improve emergency radio communications between local, state, and federal first responders. New dedicated funding in Virginia’s 2018–2020 biennial budget will support the full implementation of the Commonwealth Link to Interoperable Communications (COMLINC), a technology that allows radio systems to talk to one another during an emergency.
First Lady Pamela Northam, Virginia Secretary of Education Host Summit on Early Childhood Education
First Lady Pamela Northam and the Office of the Secretary of Education will today host a summit with education leaders, policymakers, and academic researchers at the University of Virginia to discuss early childhood education in the Commonwealth. Sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, the Virginia Department of Education, the UVA K-12 Advisory Council, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the day-long event is aimed at addressing critical issues in early childhood education across the state.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of Opportunity Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the official launch of Opportunity Virginia, a new initiative designed to leverage the federal Opportunity Zone program. Governor Northam made the announcement during an event at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business that aims to bring together community stakeholders to engage, share project ideas, and connect investors with businesses. The Governor introduced the initiative in April, and the platform has been developed over the last six months to help support the Governor’s goal of ensuring that every region, community, and household can participate and share in the Commonwealth’s economic progress.
Governor Northam Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Amazon HQ2 Officials in Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. The Governor was joined by his Chief of Staff Clark Mercer, Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Cassidy Rasnick. Held at the Oxbow Center of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the conversation included community and business leaders in Southwest Virginia who spoke about workforce development, economic development, and small business issues. Following the discussion, Governor Northam became the first sitting governor to ride on the Spearhead Trails.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam and Virginia Council on Women Announce 9th Annual STEM Essay Contest
Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 9th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their senior year of high school.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.7%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in September to 2.7 percent and was down 0.1 percentage point from a year ago. In September, the labor force expanded for the fifteenth consecutive month by 10,132, or 0.2 percent, to set a new record high of 4,414,521, as the number of unemployed decreased by 3,555. Household employment increased by 13,687 to set a new high of 4,295,502. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which decreased to 3.5 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Largest State Renewable Energy Contract in the Nation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a landmark agreement representing the largest contract that any state has negotiated to buy renewable energy to power state government. This historic state contract will ensure that by 2022, 30 percent of the electricity consumed by state agencies and institutions in Virginia comes from renewable sources, meeting an ambitious goal the Governor set forth last month in Executive Order Forty-Three.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Delegate Alan Diamonstein
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Alan Diamonstein.
Governor Northam Awards $6 Million in New School Security Equipment Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help protect students and teachers in 340 schools in 70 school divisions. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios, security vestibules, and other security upgrades.
September 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 9.3% From Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 8.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that September General Fund revenue increased 9.3 percent from the previous year, driven by broad-based growth in payroll withholding, sales, individual nonwithholding, corporate, and recordation tax collections.
Governor Northam Announces Start of Fall Wildfire Season in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the start of fall wildfire season in Virginia, which runs from October 15 through November 30 each year. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) have been ramping up for what could be one of the most severe fire seasons in many years.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Directive to Ensure Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care Coverage for All Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Directive Five, directing actions to increase the number of Virginians enrolled in quality, affordable health care coverage.
Governor Northam Announces $1.16 Million Investment in Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SRP Companies, a leading supplier to more than 60,000 retailers nationwide, will invest $1.16 million to relocate a substantial portion of its warehouse operations from Philadelphia, Utah, and Oklahoma to the City of Virginia Beach.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Issues Statewide Drought Watch Advisory
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a statewide drought watch advisory for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A drought watch is intended to increase awareness of current conditions that are likely to precede a significant drought event. Localities, water suppliers, self-supplied water users, and all citizens are encouraged begin preparations for a potential drought.
Governor Northam Announces $8.79 Million in Grants for Law Enforcement and Community-Based Criminal Justice Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of $8.79 million in grants to support local enforcement agencies and community-based criminal justice programs. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board, the policy board for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), at its October 10 meeting in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Civil Rights Restored to More Than 20,000 Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced today that since he took office in January 2018, his administration has restored the civil rights of 22,205 Virginians previously convicted of a felony. The civil rights restored include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and become a notary public.
Governor Northam Announces $180,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $180,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) grants for Giles County, the city of Norton, and the towns of Buchanan and Culpeper. The CBL funding will provide training to entrepreneurs and assist the communities in conducting business plan competitions that align with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts. Governor Northam made the announcement at an event in the town of Buchanan, where he presented local officials with a check.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive Over $4.2 Million in Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will receive six grants totaling $4,227,512 in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program. Projects include broadband and solar energy expansion, workforce development, water systems improvements, and recovery health programs focused on re-employment. One project is a multi-state project focused on Opportunity Zone development.
Governor Northam Announces Nearly $1.5 Million Awarded from Virginia Research Investment Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that nearly $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The three-year grant will support the launch of the Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems (C2IAS), a collaborative research center led by Virginia Tech with Old Dominion University as its partner. Staff of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the grant competition, and members of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) approved the project proposal at its meeting in Richmond yesterday.
Governor Northam Announces 25 New Jobs in the City of Covington
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aeronyde Corporation, an industry leader in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) into a safe and secure full-service commercial drone system, will invest $350,000 to establish a new drone operations command and control center in the City of Covington. Virginia successfully competed with California and Florida for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.
Governor Northam Dedicates New State Forest in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today dedicated First Mountain State Forest in Rockingham County, the Commonwealth’s newest state forest, and joined the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Virginia’s state forests. A gift of 588 acres in Prince Edward County, near Farmville, to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1919 by Mr. Emmett D. Gallion marked the beginning of Virginia’s state forest system. First Mountain is the 25th state forest in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Virginia First Lady Promotes Farm to School Week
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam is encouraging schools and communities to participate in Virginia Farm to School Week from October 7–11, including the annual “Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth” on October 9. Farm to School Week promotes programs that connect students to local farmers and producers through the food they consume in schools and summer feeding programs.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an award of $541,467 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ten agriculture-related projects. The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.
Governor Northam Announces Four New Solar Projects
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued permits for the construction and operation of four new solar projects across the Commonwealth. These four projects are expected to generate 192 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which will offset carbon dioxide emissions by 459 million pounds, equivalent to driving more than 44,000 cars for a year.
Governor Northam Launches 2019 Commonwealth of Virginia Workforce Giving Campaign
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the start of the 22nd annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) for state employee workforce giving, which raised $2.7 million in donations last year and benefited more than 1,000 participating charities. This year the campaign will be rolling out a number of exciting changes, including a new website, made possible with the support of CVC’s managing partner LNB Solutions Incorporated.
Governor Northam Announces Expanded Partnership to Offer REAL IDs to Returning Citizens
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) will partner to offer REAL ID-compliant identification cards to returning citizens at all DOC facilities in the Commonwealth. DMV Connect mobile operations teams that serve Virginia’s prison populations began providing the expanded services yesterday, October 1, 2019, which marks one year until the federal law goes into effect requiring a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID, or another approved form of identification such as a passport, for domestic travel or access to secure federal facilities.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Child Care Assistance Program for Military Families
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the United States Department of Defense (DOD) has selected Virginia as one of just two states to participate in a pilot to expand the military child care fee assistance program, Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN). Previously, only a limited number of community child care providers were eligible to participate in the MCCYN program, which provides fee assistance for families of active duty sponsors, civilians, guard/reservist, and guard/reserve technicians who are unable to access on-installation child care.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Awarded $5.6 Million Grant to Protect Families From Lead and Other Home Health Hazards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been awarded $5.6 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help protect families from lead-based paint and home health hazards. The grants are provided through the federal Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program and Healthy Homes Production Grant Program.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month
Today, Governor Ralph Northam made the following statement on Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, which is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. The Governor and First Lady will host a reception at the Executive Mansion in Richmond this evening to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month with Hispanic and Latino community members from across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces 31st Annual October Virginia Wine Month
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the official start of the 31st Annual October Virginia Wine Month, celebrating the growth of Virginia’s wine industry and the unique character of the Commonwealth’s wines. The oldest wine month in the country, dating back to 1988, the celebration of Virginia Wine Month in October marks when winemakers traditionally harvest grapes off the vine and prepare their next vintages. As part of the month-long festivities, the Virginia Wine Board will launch Harvest Parties across the Commonwealth on October 19, 2019 to celebrate the richness of Virginia’s ten wine regions.
Northam Administration Submits 2019 Regulatory Reform Report to General Assembly
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that his administration’s bipartisan effort to reduce regulations by 25 percent is on track and ahead of schedule.
Governor Northam Leads Tour of Virginia State Parks
Governor Ralph Northam today begins a five-day tour of Virginia’s state parks, during which he will kick off the Governor’s second annual fishing tournament for state employees, celebrate Public Lands Day, and meet with economic development officials and outdoor companies throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces 153 New Jobs in Brunswick County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Echo World Communications, LLC, a newly formed company in Virginia, will invest $550,000 to establish a customer service center in Brunswick County. The company will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the hiring and training of 153 new employees.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Continue Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Forty-Four, extending the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction for an additional year. First established by the Governor in September 2018, the 27-person Advisory Commission is a multidisciplinary group from across the Commonwealth appointed by Governor Northam.
Governor Northam Announces 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge. High schools across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to compete to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population. Schools that reach or exceed 65 percent registration of their eligible senior class will receive a congratulatory certificate from the Governor. The Governor’s Challenge was created in 2016 and is a partnership of the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Secretaries of Administration and Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections, and the League of Women Voters of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Major Sawmill Expansions in Henry and Westmoreland Counties
At events in Martinsville and Kinsale, Governor Ralph Northam today announced that British Columbia-based Teal-Jones Group is investing a total of $31.75 million to expand sawmill and dry kiln operations at two recently acquired lumber mills in Virginia. At Pine Products Inc. in Henry County, the company will invest $21 million and create 67 new jobs and at Potomac Supply, LLC in Westmoreland County, the company will invest $10.75 million and create 59 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with Oklahoma and Washington for the projects, which will include new equipment and updates to the facilities. The company is committing to source 100 percent of its net new timber purchases from the Commonwealth, which over the next four years is expected to top $100 million.
Northam Administration to Host Maternal Health Listening Sessions
Following Governor Northam’s announcement of a goal to improve maternal health and eliminate the racial disparity in the maternal mortality rate in Virginia by 2025, the Office of Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey will hold a series of listening sessions and community roundtables across the Commonwealth this fall. These events will bring together community organizations, local health care providers and hospital systems, elected officials, leaders at state agencies, and other stakeholders to hear from individuals with lived experience and discuss strategies to improve maternal health outcomes. The conversations and feedback from these sessions will help inform the development of a five-year strategic plan for achieving the Governor’s goals. All sessions are open to the public.
First Lady Pamela Northam Concludes Second Annual Back to School Tour
Over the past month as nearly 1.2 million Virginia students returned to school, First Lady Pamela Northam visited early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent Regions, highlighting the importance of school readiness. The First Lady traveled more than 2,327 miles, making 42 stops in 27 localities where she read with students and delivered books donated by bbgb books, an independent children’s bookshop in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces $20 Million Electric School Bus Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will dedicate $20 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) to fund a new initiative aimed at accelerating the deployment of electric school buses across the Commonwealth. Governor Northam made the announcement during a Climate Week NYC event hosted by the United States Climate Alliance with the governors of California, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.
Governor Northam Announces Regional Events to Educate Virginians About 2020 Census, Job Opportunities with U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that beginning this week, the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Complete Count Commission will host regional town halls and job fairs in localities across the Commonwealth to help educate Virginians about the 2020 Census and provide opportunities to meet with job recruiters from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Governor Northam Announces $3.7 Million Investment in Frederick County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Blue Ridge Industries, Inc. (BRI), a custom plastic injection molder and assembler of plastic parts, will invest $3.7 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Frederick County. The project will create 13 new jobs in engineering, production, and maintenance.
Governor Northam Announces 170 New Jobs in Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Block.one, a leader in providing high-performance blockchain software, will invest $10 million and establish its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County. Virginia successfully competed with Washington, D.C. for the project, which will create 170 new jobs over a period of three years.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Cloud Computing Degree Programs with Amazon Web Services
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new collaboration between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and select K-12 school divisions, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and leading four-year universities. This collaboration will create opportunities and build pathways to high-skilled and high-wage cloud computing careers for students in all regions of the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces FeedVA Website to Help Combat Childhood Hunger, Strengthen Local Food Systems
As the Commonwealth marks the third annual Feed Virginia Day of Action, Governor Ralph Northam and his administration’s Children’s Cabinet today announced the launch of FeedVA.org, an interactive tool to connect partners, share resources, and accelerate efforts to help end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen local food systems. The FeedVA website includes a comprehensive collection of statewide and localized data and resources related to food security, school nutrition, health outcomes, local food access, and more.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 2.8%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in August to 2.8 percent, which was unchanged from a year ago. In August, the labor force expanded for the fourteenth consecutive month by 14,204, or 0.3 percent to set a new record high of 4,404,492, as the number of unemployed decreased by 3,551. Household employment increased by 17,755 to set a new high of 4,281,899. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.7 percent.
Governor Northam Cuts Ribbon on Major New Cold Storage Facility in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the grand opening of a major new cold storage facility by third-party logistics provider and developer, InterChange Cold Storage, LLC, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Rockingham County-based company’s 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cold storage and blast-freezing operation is the largest such facility to be built in the region in over 20 years.
Governor Northam Announces 200 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD), a leading global contract research organization (CRO), will invest $63.7 million to expand its bioanalytical lab in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed with several other states for the project, which commenced early this year and ultimately will create 200 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Honor Awards Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Honor Awards during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. Previously named the Governor’s Awards for Public Service, the awards were expanded this year to honor state employees in 11 categories who have demonstrated exemplary service and commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 105 New Jobs in the City of Manassas
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that High Purity Systems, Inc., a leading provider of mechanical piping systems for a broad range of industries, will invest approximately $8.5 million to grow its manufacturing operation in the City of Manassas. The company will expand into a new, 30,000-square-foot facility in order to increase production capabilities for piping fabrication. The project will create 105 new jobs.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs Executive Order to Expand Access to Renewable Energy, Support Clean Energy Jobs of the Future
Governor Ralph Northam has signed Executive Order Forty-Three, which establishes ambitious statewide goals and targets for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce our environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia. Governor Northam made the announcement today at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Upcoming Statewide Community Office Hours
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the third set of statewide community office hours hosted by the Office of Constituent Services and Community Engagement. Community Office Hours were first launched by the Office of the Governor in January 2019 and have continued each quarter throughout the Commonwealth. Community Office Hours are open to the public and offer Virginians the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of the Governor.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 75 New Jobs in the City of Newport News
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Eagle Aviation Technologies, LLC, an industry leader in composites design and fabrication, will invest $207,500 to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Newport News. The company will add new production equipment at the operation and create 75 new jobs.
August 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 0.3% From Previous Year
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that August General Fund revenue increased 0.3 percent from the previous year.
Governor Northam Kicks Off Small Business Networking Event for Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project
Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed small business owners at a networking event hosted by Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP), the prime contractor for the Hampton Roads-Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project. The $3.8 billion project was announced in April and is the largest transportation project in Virginia’s history. The purpose of the event was to increase access for small businesses by connecting 600 contractors with the project’s primary decision makers. Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned (SWaM) subcontractors will have an opportunity to bid on as much as $1 billion of contract work.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $780,000 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $780,000 in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) funding for five regional projects. The GO Virginia Board, which includes key members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community, reviewed and approved three grant requests, and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) reviewed and administratively approved two additional grants. These grants will support efforts to strengthen and diversify regional economies, build a more robust pipeline of workers to support targeted industry sectors, and encourage collaboration among local governments, public sector partners, and private industry.
Governor Northam Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant Awarded to Russell County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that a planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund has been awarded to Russell County to study bringing a meat processing facility to the county. The feasibility study, which will be conducted by Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, will include a market analysis and business plan for a new facility serving area livestock producers. This project is part of a larger effort by Russell County to diversify its economic base and to develop a Regional Agricultural Industrial Park.
Governor Northam Announces Results of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant Independent Evaluation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the results of an independent evaluation, which demonstrate that the state investment in mixed delivery approaches are increasing access to early education programs and improving learning outcomes for at-risk children. Those enrolled in programs funded by Virginia’s Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant initiative are achieving student performance outcomes that meet or exceed typical outcomes for children of the same age and are equivalent to outcomes from Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classrooms.
Governor Northam Awards Extended-Year and Year-Round School Grants for 57 Schools in 11 Divisions
Governor Ralph Northam has awarded more than $7.7 million in state grants to support the development and implementation of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 57 schools in 11 school divisions.
Governor Northam Announces Dr. Janice Underwood as Virginia’s First-Ever Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dr. Janice Underwood, former Director of Diversity Initiatives at Old Dominion University, will serve as Virginia’s first-ever Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Governor Northam announced the creation of this senior-level position in May, kicking off an extensive candidate selection process that involved numerous state agencies, stakeholders, and highly-qualified applicants.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Joins Regional Partners in Reaffirming Shared Goals for Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Governor Ralph Northam today joined representatives from the seven Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Oxon Hill, Maryland for the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council. In his remarks to the Council, Governor Northam emphasized the importance of the upholding the regional state-federal partnership that has shaped efforts to restore the water quality and living resource of the Chesapeake Bay watershed since its inception in the early 1980s.
Governor Northam Announces Project Application Period Now Open for Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that project applications are now being accepted for the third round of funding through the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot Program, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). The $10 million in economic development grants is available for projects that are designed to boost the economy through strategies that include job creation, infrastructure improvements, broadband access, agriculture, and an increase in tourism, while also improving the environment through the reclamation of historic mining features.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Technology Award Winners
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized 22 Virginia government entities for their innovative approaches to improving the delivery and efficiency of government services. The winners, which represent state agencies, localities, and educational institutions, were named in nine categories and were judged by a panel of Virginia government information technology (IT) experts.
Governor Northam Urges Virginians to Finalize Preparations for Hurricane Dorian Impacts
Governor Ralph Northam today advised Virginians to finalize their preparations and take shelter as Hurricane Dorian impacts Virginia overnight tonight and throughout Friday. Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) officials and partners have worked since last week preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in southeastern and coastal Virginia. Virginians in coastal areas should listen to local officials for information on potential evacuations.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Outstanding STEM Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam and the Science Museum of Virginia’s Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti today announced the 2019 Outstanding STEM Award recipients. Five individuals were selected for their scientific contributions, which help strengthen the Commonwealth’s current and future position as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Governor Northam Reminds Virginians to Travel with Caution as Students Return to School
As a new academic year begins and schools across the Commonwealth return to session, Governor Ralph Northam today urged motorists to do their part to keep Virginia’s students safe.
Governor Northam Announces Improvements to Emergency Plans for Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the new Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan (COVEOP), which lays out improvements to policies and plans for responding to hurricanes or other major natural disasters in Virginia. With the peak of Atlantic hurricane season under way and Hurricane Dorian beginning to impact Florida and neighboring states, the issuance of these comprehensive response and recovery protocols reminds state agencies, local and tribal governments, and Virginia residents of the importance of preparedness. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) maintains the COVEOP and presents the plan to the Governor for adoption every four years, at a minimum. The Governor also signed two executive orders to better coordinate emergency response among state agencies and ensure all of Virginia’s state government resources are mobilized to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes and other emergencies.
Governor Northam Announces Members of Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the members of the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law. The Commission will review the Virginia Acts of Assembly, Code of Virginia, and administrative regulations with the goal of identifying and making recommendations to address laws that were intended to or could have the effect of promoting or enabling racial discrimination or inequity. Governor Northam signed Executive Order Thirty-Two, which established the Commission, on June 4, 2019.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Dorian
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian’s effects on southeastern Virginia, anticipated to begin Thursday.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Director Dr. Jennifer Lee to Step Down After Leading DMAS Through Successful Expansion of Medicaid
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dr. Jennifer Lee, the Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), will step down effective October 9 after successfully leading the Medicaid agency through the largest expansion of health coverage in Virginia in decades.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund Surpasses 100 Conservation Easements
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 100 conservation easements for working farms and forests have been secured through the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund. By providing matching funds to support local Purchase of Development Rights programs, the Fund enhances the viability of Virginia agriculture and forestry by empowering individual localities to limit development on the farmland and forestland that each community has deemed a priority for conservation. The Governor visited Messick’s Farm Market to celebrate this achievement and has also issued a proclamation to commemorate the major milestone.
Governor Northam Announces 44 Local Tourism Programs to Receive Public-Private Marketing Funds to Bolster Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $965,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 44 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 $2.8 million to match the VTC grants, providing more than $3.8 million in new marketing funds to increase visitation to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact at least 182 other statewide tourism entities.
Governor Northam Announces 102 New Jobs in Shenandoah County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Howell Metal, an established manufacturer of copper tubing and line sets for residential and commercial construction markets, will invest $8 million to expand production at its operation in Shenandoah County. Virginia successfully competed with Utah, Mississippi, and Ontario, Canada, for the project, which will create 102 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces New Workforce Development Partnership for Commercial Driver Testing
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the FastForward CDL Passway Program, a partnership of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to increase opportunities for Virginians to access commercial driver credentialing services.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Data-Sharing Platform Designed to Help Virginia Fight the Opioid Crisis
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), a data-sharing platform designed to help the Commonwealth fight the opioid crisis, will expand to the Roanoke Valley and continue operating in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Governor Northam Launches Statewide Workforce Development Listening Tour
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an eight-stop listening tour to hear from Virginians about the needs of workers and employers in communities throughout the Commonwealth. The conversations, which coincide with National Workforce Development Month in September, will provide opportunities for workers, local leaders, and members of the business community to offer insight and provide feedback on how to best strengthen Virginia’s talent pipeline and address emerging employment challenges.
Governor Northam Signs Land Trust Agreement with the Mattaponi Tribe
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the signing of a land trust agreement with the Mattaponi Indian Tribe. The agreement will formally transfer over 100 acres of land to the Mattaponi Indian Reservation, located in King William County, Virginia, almost doubling the size of the current reservation. Governor Northam visited the reservation yesterday to commemorate the occasion and joined tribal members at their annual Homecoming and Revival.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission on African American History Education
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Nine, which establishes the Commission on African American History Education. The Commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth. Governor Northam made the announcement speaking at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing, a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $13.4 Million in Community Development Block Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $13.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Accomack, Alleghany, Grayson, Greensville, James City, Lee, Mecklenburg, Russell, and Wise, and the towns of Appomattox, Chase City, La Crosse, Parksley, and South Boston. Governor Northam made the announcement at an event in Greensville, where he presented local officials with a check for one of the fourteen awarded projects.
Governor Northam Announces Release of Virginia’s Final Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today released the final restoration plan for Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers. The clean-up plan, referred to as the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), will guide local, state, and federal actions through 2025 and is designed to meet the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and restore the health of the Bay and its tributaries.
Governor Northam Announces Major Donation from Smithfield Foods to Support Programs for Homeless Veterans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., has donated $150,000 to support state programs for homeless veterans and their families. Governor accepted the donation from Smithfield Foods on behalf of the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) during a special ceremony in Richmond. The donation will be designated to the Homeless Veteran Fund.
Governor Northam Announces Women in Innovation Conference
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the Commonwealth’s first annual Women in Innovation (WIN) conference to celebrate the success of women innovators and honor their achievements. The event, presented by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) Innovation Program, will take place September 12 in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Awarded $1.6 Million Grant to Expand Apprenticeships
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth has been awarded more than $1.6 million in grant funding from the federal Department of Labor to expand Virginia’s already successful apprenticeship efforts. The Registered Apprenticeship Program, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), works with employers to ensure that on-the-job learning experiences and related technical instruction provide the necessary real-world skills that workers need to be successful. Through partnerships with approximately 2,200 employers, the program serves roughly 12,000 Virginia-based apprentices in fields ranging from computer programming to the building trades.
Governor Northam Addresses Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly
Governor Ralph Northam today addressed a Joint Meeting of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations, and House Finance Committees where he discussed the state of the Commonwealth’s finances and the Virginia economy.
First Lady Pamela Northam Kicks Off Second Annual Back to School Tour in Southwest Virginia
As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students return to school in the coming weeks to begin a new academic year, First Lady Pamela Northam will visit early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent Regions, highlighting the importance of school readiness. As she visits classrooms across Virginia, the First Lady will also deliver books donated by bbgb books, an independent children’s bookshop in Richmond, beginning with Region 7 on August 20 and 21.
Commonwealth of Virginia and The Nature Conservancy Partner to Permanently Protect 22,856 Acres in Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to permanently protect 22,856 acres of forest land in Russell County in southwest Virginia through the largest open space easement ever recorded in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Sends Letter to Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent a letter to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission in advance of their hearing on legislation introduced during the 2019 Special Session.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in July at 2.9 percent, which equals the rate from a year ago. In July, the labor force expanded for the thirteenth consecutive month by 12,345, or 0.1 percent to set a new record high of 4,389,783, as the number of unemployed decreased by 1,767. Household employment increased by 14,112 to set a new high of 4,263,623. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.7 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Aviation Board Awards Nearly $22 Million to Support Virginia Airports
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Aviation Board has awarded nearly $22 million in funding to support Virginia’s 66 public-use airports. A public-use airport is one that is available for use by the general public without a requirement for prior approval of the airport owner or operator, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Virginia Datathon to Focus on Equity in Education
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the 2019 Virginia Datathon will focus on addressing inequities in Virginia’s education system. The Equity in Education Datathon will take place on October 3rd and 4th at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
Commonwealth Receives $24.1 Million in Homeland Security and Preparedness Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured more than $24.1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to help the Commonwealth better prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters.
Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.
Governor Northam Statement on the Second Anniversary of Violence in Charlottesville
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement marking the two-year anniversary of deadly violence in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Jobs, Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Legacy Cider will invest $300,000 to establish a new hard cider production facility in Bedford County. Located on-site with the owners’ craft brewery Apocalypse Ale Works, the addition will also include improvements to the existing taproom and biergarten. Over the next three years, Legacy Cider will create five new jobs and purchase $146,000, or 12,150 bushels, of Virginia-grown apples, 100 percent of anticipated agricultural purchases.
Governor Northam Releases Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment and Draft Strategic Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the completion of a statewide Needs Assessment and draft Strategic Plan that were produced through the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) announced in January. The Needs Assessment identifies gaps in Virginia’s early childhood system and the draft Strategic Plan outlines the goals and priorities for unifying and strengthening early childhood care and education in Virginia. Both documents were developed through close collaboration with stakeholders, families, and state legislators to identify and address the unique needs of Virginia children ages birth to five. Both documents are now available online to solicit feedback to help shape the final version of the Strategic Plan, which will be released later this year.
Governor Northam Announces Low-Interest Loans Available to Help Virginians Impacted by July Flood Event
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will make low-interest federal loans available to residents and business owners in the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria to help with recovery from the impacts of the Northern Virginia flooding event on July 8, 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Three New Solar Installations on State Facilities
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the installation of three new solar energy projects located at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office in Big Stone Gap, the Virginia Public Safety Training Center in Hanover, and the Haynesville Correctional Center on Virginia’s Northern Neck. These projects will produce power onsite and will offset energy costs for the agencies. Governor Northam first announced the planned installation of solar energy systems at several state facilities in December 2018. Last month, the Governor unveiled the new solar facility at the Department of Forestry’s headquarters in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Addresses Removal of Arch and References to Jefferson Davis Memorial Park at Fort Monroe
Governor Ralph Northam today held a press conference to discuss the removal of letters that spelled “Jefferson Davis Memorial Park” on an iron archway and the renaming of the park at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.
Governor Northam Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement regarding the deadly mass shootings that killed at least 31 in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Governor Northam Declares August Smokey Bear Awareness Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation designating August 2019 as Smokey Bear Awareness Month, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign and reminding Virginians of their role in protecting the Commonwealth’s forestland. In Virginia, 95 percent of wildfires are started from human activity, and more than half are caused by people burning trash and yard debris.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Dr. Hughes Melton
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Hughes Melton, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).
Governor Northam Announces Another Record Year of Unclaimed Property Returned to Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program had another record-breaking year for unclaimed assets returned to Virginians. In fiscal year 2019, $87.1 million was paid out, representing over 129,900 asset accounts. This dollar amount returned is a 9.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The previous record, set in fiscal year 2018, was $79 million. Any citizen who has had a Virginia address is encouraged to check the free search site for unclaimed property in their name.
Governor Northam Announces More Than 300,000 Virginians Now Enrolled in Expanded Medicaid Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 300,000 Virginia adults are enrolled in health coverage and receiving medical services since the Commonwealth expanded its Medicaid program. Governor Northam made the announcement at Neighborhood Health, a community health center serving more than 25,000 patients annually at 12 locations in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Awards High School Innovation Planning and Implementation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of high school innovation grants to thirteen school divisions to develop or implement programs that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship while preparing students for careers and postsecondary education. The grants are for the 2019-2020 school year. Eight school divisions received initial planning grants, while five divisions were awarded funding to support implementation this fall of previously planned innovative programs.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on the passing of former Norfolk State University President Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson Jr.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Sussex County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Three Brothers Distillery will create four new jobs and invest $232,500 to more than quadruple current production in Sussex County. This expansion comes on the heels of the distillery’s recent appearance on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Whiskey Business” series. Three Brothers Distillery uses 100 percent Virginia-grown corn, rye, and barley to produce small-batch gin and whiskey. The company has committed to purchase an additional 114,000 pounds of Virginia-grown products over the next three years in order to increase production from 500 to 4,000 proof gallons per year.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the dates for the upcoming 2019 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, which begins on Friday, August 2, 2019, at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The annual three-day sales tax holiday aims to help families save money on back-to-school purchases and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 15 New Jobs in Pulaski County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BimmerWorld, a leading BMW parts supplier, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Pulaski County. The company will increase warehouse space to accommodate its customer service center and growing demand for parts. The project will retain 25 jobs and create 15 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces More Than 50,000 Veterans Hired Through Virginia Values Veterans Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 50,000 military veterans have been hired in Virginia’s civilian workforce through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program since its inception in 2012. Virginia was the first state in the nation to create an official program dedicated to improving the employment of military veterans and helping employers develop and implement strategies and best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans.
Governor Northam Announces Over $144,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $144,000 in Virginia Main Street grants for 12 projects. Downtown Investment Grants were awarded to the towns of Altavista, Blackstone, Orange, and St. Paul, and the cities of Hopewell and Staunton. Six Commercial District Affiliate grants were awarded to the towns of, Scottsville, Pulaski, South Hill, and Bowling Green and the city of Radford. Applications from the towns of Ashland, Halifax, Lawrenceville, and South Boston, and the cities of Franklin and Petersburg have been awarded technical services to complete proposed projects.
Governor Northam Establishes Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Directive Four, which establishes the Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness. The Team will be responsible for making recommendations that unify and strengthen Virginia’s early childhood system, including developing a plan to ensure all at-risk three-year-olds and four-year-olds in Virginia have access to a publicly-subsidized care and education option by 2025.
Governor Northam Announces Completion of Port of Virginia’s International Gateway Expansion Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the completion of the Port of Virginia’s $320 million expansion at the Virginia International Gateway container terminal. The completion of this project represents a significant milestone as the Port works to increase cargo and container capacity at its two major terminals, with an overall goal of increasing capacity by 40 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Dedicate Additional Funding for 2020 Census
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he has identified state resources to support education and outreach efforts by the Virginia Complete Count Commission to improve the participation and representation of all communities in the 2020 Census. The governor made the announcement at the Riverside Regional Medical Center, where the Northam administration also held a community townhall to discuss questions about the upcoming census.
Governor Northam Announces Over 50 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aireon LLC, a provider of air traffic surveillance systems around the globe, will make a significant investment to expand its headquarters in Fairfax County. The project will increase the square footage of the company’s office space by nearly 150 percent, accommodating approximately 56 new jobs over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in June to 2.9 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point lower than a year ago. In June, the labor force expanded for the twelfth consecutive month by 9,099, or 0.2 percent to set a new record high of 4,377,595, as the number of unemployed decreased by 1,036. Household employment increased by 10,135 to set a new high of 4,249,639. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which rose 0.1 percentage point to 3.7 percent.
Governor Northam Announces New Office of Outdoor Recreation
During an event held at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, Governor Northam today announced the creation of an Office of Outdoor Recreation to lead efforts to promote the outdoor recreation industry in Virginia and recruit new outdoor businesses to the Commonwealth. The outdoor recreation industry contributes nearly $22 billion annually to the Virginia economy, and employs more than 197,000 Virginians. Virginia will be the 15th state in the nation to establish an office or task force dedicated to strengthening the outdoor industry, and the third on the East Coast.
Governor Northam Announces Record-Breaking Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Lottery recorded its biggest year yet, with sales reaching over $2.29 billion and profits totaling nearly $650 million in the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30. The record profits represent a seven percent increase over last year and are equivalent to about $1.78 million per day for education in the Commonwealth generated by the Lottery. These numbers, which are unaudited figures, were provided at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held today in Richmond. The final, audited results will be released in August. The previous record, set in Fiscal Year 2018, was $606 million.
Governor Northam Announces Amazon to Continue Investment in the City of Richmond with New Fulfillment and Delivery Facility
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon, Inc. will establish a new specialty fulfillment and last-mile delivery center on the Virginia Interstate 95 Logistics Center site in the City of Richmond. The project will add 150 new jobs to Amazon’s existing workforce of more than 10,000 full-time employees across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Virginia STEM Education Commission
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Six, establishing the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission. The Commission will develop a State STEM plan to create a unified statewide vision and dynamic set of shared goals to strategically inform how we prepare Virginia’s students for the STEM jobs of the future. The Governor and First Lady made the announcement together in the Forge Makerspace at the Science Museum of Virginia, and then participated in a STEM-related project alongside kids from the Museum’s Lunar Lab Summer Camp.
Governor Northam Urges Internal Revenue Service to Make Donations to Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund Tax Deductible
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation recognizing that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund (Fund) seeks to perform an essential government function and urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to follow suit. The Fund, which was established by United Way of South Hampton Roads in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, must receive this designation in order to confirm that donations to the Fund will be tax deductible.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Awarded $3.2 Million Grant to Support Maritime Industrial Base and Small Defense Business Cyber Training
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been awarded $3.2 million in federal funding to support defense and community initiatives.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of James River Buffer Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the James River Buffer Program, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the James River Association (JRA) to establish over 900 acres of “riparian forested buffers” in the Middle James region of the river. This initiative to restore river and streamside forest buffers springs from the Virginia Environmental Endowment’s (VEE) James River Water Quality Improvement Program grant awarded to VDOF ($750,000) and the JRA ($1.45 million).
Governor Northam Announces Installation of New Solar Facility at Virginia Department of Forestry
Governor Northam today announced the installation of a new 120 kilowatt rooftop solar facility at the Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) headquarters that will offset energy usage and energy costs for the agency. Governor Northam made the announcement at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project that was held at the building located in Charlottesville.
Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Increase 7.2%, $778 Million Ahead of Official Forecast (Chapter 854)
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia reached the end of fiscal year 2019 with a sizable revenue surplus. Total collections rose by 7.2 percent in fiscal year 2019, ahead of the revenue forecast of 3.3 percent growth.
Virginia Companies Increase International Sales through Commonwealth’s Premier Exporting Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 14 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. The program, which now has 290 graduates, assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established their domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.
Virginia Opens New Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Payload Processing Facility on Wallops Island
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the opening of the Commonwealth’s newest facility to prepare rockets and payloads for launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Payload Processing Facility (MARS PPF), which held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication with Governor Northam this morning, represents a major expansion in capabilities for the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the region.
What They’re Saying: Leaders Across the Commonwealth Celebrate Virginia’s Return to “Top State for Business” in CNBC Ranking
Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that CNBC has named Virginia America’s “Top State for Business” in 2019. The Commonwealth previously earned the title in 2007, 2009, and 2011, and with its fourth win, Virginia is now tied with Texas for most years named top state for business by CNBC. In case you missed it, here is what leaders across the Commonwealth are saying about Virginia’s return to the top spot in CNBC’s annual ranking.
Governor Northam Announces Support for Virginia’s Blackjewel LLC Workers
Today, Governor Northam announced additional support programs for former employees of Blackjewel LLC, a West Virginia-based a coal mining operation that abruptly declared bankruptcy on July 1. Prior to its closure, the company had employed approximately 1,700 workers across Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kentucky, with over 450 coal miners and other workers based in Southwest Virginia.
Virginia Reclaims “Top State for Business” Title in CNBC Ranking
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CNBC has named Virginia America’s “Top State for Business” in 2019. CNBC unveiled Virginia as the top state for business this morning during a live broadcast from Shenandoah River State Park, and Governor Northam was on location to discuss the announcement. The top ranking is determined by CNBC following an extensive study of all 50 states based on 64 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness. Virginia is tied with Texas for most years named top state for business by CNBC, with wins in 2007, 2009, 2011, and now 2019.
Governor Northam Statement on Special Session Adjournment
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement after the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia adjourned until November 18 without taking any votes on proposed gun safety legislation.
New Tourism Development Financing Project in Manassas Announced
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Holladay Properties will invest $13.95 million in the City of Manassas to establish a Tru by Hilton hotel, creating 35 new jobs and spurring approximately $2.8 million in annual direct economic impact from traveler spending.
Governor Northam Announces Grant Funding for Community-Based Violence Intervention Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is accepting applications from localities for grant funding for community violence intervention programs. In addition to funding evidence-based programs, localities can use these grants to develop comprehensive strategies to examine systemic issues in their communities that may be contributing to gun violence. Localities are encouraged to apply for up to $150,000. These funds are available through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.
Governor Northam Unveils Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Ahead of July 9 Special Session
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his legislative agenda for the July 9 special session of the General Assembly. The special session is intended to address the gun violence emergency in Virginia.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Advance Equity for Virginia’s Small-, Women-, Minority-, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses
Governor Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Five, which establishes goals and programs aimed at expanding opportunities for Virginia’s small-, women-, minority- (SWaM) and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. Governor Northam has directed the executive branch agencies and institutions that have statutory authority over procurement to achieve a target of procuring 42 percent of discretionary spending from certified small businesses. The Executive Order also maintains a set-aside for certified micro businesses, which have fewer than 25 employees and no more than $3 million in average annual revenue over a three-year period.
Governor Northam Announces Record $73 Million in Funding for Improved Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the availability of $73 million to protect water and soil health through the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program, which represents the largest-ever investment of state funding to assist farmers implementing conservation practices. The program has been updated to provide greater flexibility and reduce barriers to farmer participation.
Governor Northam Launches Tour to Highlight Driver’s License Reinstatements for Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new effort with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to inform individuals whose driving privileges were suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs about reinstating their driver’s licenses. The policy change, effective July 1, 2019, is the result of provisions included in Governor Northam’s budget and adopted by the General Assembly, which prohibit the courts from suspending driving privileges for that single reason and waive associated reinstatement fees. Beginning today in Richmond, Governor Northam and members of his administration will travel around the Commonwealth to raise awareness about this change and help affected Virginians obtain their driver’s licenses.
Governor Northam Announces New Virginia Management Fellows
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the second cohort of Virginia Management Fellows (VMF). The program is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia developed with Virginia Tech to help meet the state’s needs for future government leaders.
Commonwealth Breaks Ground on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Demonstration Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the start of construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project, consisting of two six-megawatt wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is the first offshore wind project to be installed in federal waters. Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build the project on 2,135 acres leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME).
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Land Acquisition for Chickahominy Tribe
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an important land acquisition by the Chickahominy Tribe. The 105-acre site, known as Chickahominy on the Powhatan, along the James River was purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) to acquire the property. At the same time, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has signed an easement with the tribe to permanently protect the site. The land, upriver from historic Jamestown Island, will be protected from development and will create a location to showcase the culture, history, and traditions of the Chickahominy Tribe.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Isle of Wight County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that M&M Milling will create 15 new jobs and invest $2.3 million to establish a new milling facility in Isle of Wight County. The facility will purchase Virginia-grown shelled corn, grind it into fine flour to mix with other materials for use as a stabilizer, extender, and colorant in the glue used in the manufacture of plywood. Over the next three years, the company is committing to purchase at least $2.3 million, or 575,000 bushels, of Virginia-grown corn, 100 percent of all expected agricultural purchases.
Governor Northam Announces Volvo Group to Create 777 New Jobs in Pulaski County Expansion
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Volvo Group will invest nearly $400 million to expand its Volvo Trucks North America New River Valley (NRV) assembly operation in Pulaski County. Major components of the investment include a new 350,000-square-foot building that will ultimately house truck cab welding operations; an expansion of the existing plant to allow for further improvements to the facility’s paint operations and overall material/production flow; and a variety of equipment upgrades, including installation of several state-of-the-art dynamometers for vehicle testing. Volvo considered sites in multiple other states for the expansion project, which will create 777 new jobs within approximately six years.
Governor Northam Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Block 2020 Census Citizenship Question
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision to block the citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
Governor Northam Meets with Virginia Congressional Delegation
Governor Ralph Northam today met with members of Virginia’s bipartisan congressional delegation for the second annual gathering since he took office in 2018.
Governor Northam Honors Employees with 40 or More Years of State Service
Governor Ralph Northam today hosted the first of four regional service recognition events, honoring state employees with 40 or more years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is the first event of its kind and underscores the administration’s commitment to employee engagement and recognition.
Governor Northam Announces Over $800,000 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $800,000 in GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) funding for three regional projects. Key members of the Governor’s Cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community approved the GO Virginia regional per capita 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 Dedication of Over $12 Million for Electric Transit Buses
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than $12 million in state funding will be allocated to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities, using nearly $9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the Commonwealth received as part of its settlement with Volkswagen. In total, 17 electric buses and charging infrastructure will be deployed by local transit systems in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads.
Governor Northam Announces Approval of New Teacher Education Degrees and Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the state policy boards for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees that will allow graduates to become teachers after earning four-year degrees in education.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 3.0%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.0 percent, which equals the rate from a year ago. In May, the labor force expanded for the eleventh consecutive month by 5,817, or 0.1 percent to set a new record high of 4,368,510, as the number of unemployed increased by 1,748. Household employment increased by 4,069 to set a new high of 4,239,506. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.6 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Employment Equity Initiative for State Agencies
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the implementation of a two-part state Employment Equity Initiative designed to position the Commonwealth as a leader in equitable pay and employment. Beginning July 1, the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will introduce a modern, streamlined, and competitive application process, along with revisions to the State Compensation Policy, to support fair and equitable pay.
Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Announces Revised Criteria to Align Conservation Initiatives
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) Board of Directors adopted new grant criteria and announced that grant applications are being accepted for the fiscal year 2020 grant cycle. A total of $5.27 million in grant funding is available for land acquisitions and protections in four categories: farmland and forest preservation, historic area preservation, natural area protection, and open spaces and parks.
Governor Northam Announces New International Partnerships for Virginia Distilleries
During a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new distribution partnerships for two Virginia craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Reservoir Distillery. The Office of International Marketing at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) supported Virginia company participation at a major international trade event for the bar and spirits industry where the two Virginia producers met their new distribution partners.
Governor Northam Announces 25 New Jobs in Botetourt County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Metalsa Structural Products, Inc., an automotive solutions provider, will invest $6.4 million to expand its Roanoke manufacturing operation in Botetourt County. Virginia successfully competed with Mexico for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.
Governor Northam Reminds Virginia Taxpayers of July 1 Filing Deadline for Virginia Individual Income Taxes
Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of Taxation are reminding Virginians who have not yet filed their Virginia individual income taxes to take action now. Taxpayers must file by midnight on Monday, July 1, 2019 to qualify for the Tax Relief Refund. The refund is the result of state legislation passed by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly in response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. An individual filer could receive up to $110 and a married couple filing a joint return could receive up to $220. The refund is not to exceed the taxpayer’s liability, and the law requires the checks to be mailed out by October 15, 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Production of a New Pilot in Central Virginia from CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new pilot episode of a major upcoming streaming series produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios is set to film in Central Virginia this summer.
Governor Ralph Northam Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill
Today the United States Supreme Court dismissed the Virginia House of Delegates’ appeal in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Virginia House of Delegates lacked standing in the case, either to represent the State’s interests or in its own right.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to France and Germany
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to France and Germany from June 15–20, 2019. The Governor will be accompanied by 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.
Northam Administration to Host Roundtables on Gun Violence Emergency in Virginia
In the lead up to the July 9 special legislative session called by Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey will participate in a series of roundtables across the state with community leaders and advocates to discuss the gun violence emergency in Virginia and commonsense gun safety legislation.
Governor Northam Announces Fifty-Three Localities Receive Over $3.47 Million in School Resource Officer Incentive Grants
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that 87 grants totaling more than $3.47 million have been awarded to 53 localities throughout Virginia. This funding will enable local law enforcement agencies to fund new school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions at K-12 public schools. The grants were awarded by the Criminal Justice Services Board at their May 9 meeting as well as the Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board, at a special meeting held earlier today.
May 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 22.5% From Previous Year and Fiscal Year-To-Date Collections Up 7.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that May revenue collections increased 22.5 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 7.9 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.3 percent growth. Approximately $450 million of the additional revenue is needed to fund the Taxpayer Relief Fund.
Virginia Announces Three New Solar Projects in Halifax and Orange Counties
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued permits for the construction and operation of three new solar projects in Halifax and Orange counties. These new solar projects are expected to generate more than 200 megawatts (MW) combined, which is enough electricity to power more than 25,000 homes.
Governor Northam Announces Over $4.9 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is recommending more than $4.9 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for 20 projects in the Appalachian Region of Virginia, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia. ARC will finalize approval of these project awards later this year.
Governor Northam Announces Submission Period Open for Governor’s Technology Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor’s Technology Awards. For 21 years, Virginia’s prestigious Governor’s Technology Awards program has recognized public sector information technology (IT) projects that improve government service delivery and efficiency.
Governor Northam Announces Tourism Revenues Reached $26 Billion in Virginia in 2018
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s tourism industry generated $26 billion in visitor spending across all communities in 2018, a 4.4 percent increase over 2017. In 2018, tourism in Virginia supported 234,000 jobs for Virginia communities—a 1 percent increase from 2017. The tourism industry also provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to 2017. The travel industry is the fifth largest employer in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Sets July 9th for Date of Special Session to Address Emergency of Gun Violence in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation summoning the members of the Virginia General Assembly back to Richmond on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 for a special session to address the emergency of gun violence in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces 106 New Jobs in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Castle Hill Gaming, a software developer of quality gaming solutions to clients across the United States, will invest $1.3 million to expand its corporate headquarters in Albemarle County. Castle Hill Gaming will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the hiring and training of 106 new employees.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Award Winners
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $2.51 million in funding in support of 41 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards. The projects represent exciting advancements in five industries: clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems.
Virginia and Transurban Break Ground on “Fred Ex” 10-Mile Extension of Interstate 95 Express Lanes
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the start of construction on a 10-mile extension of the I-95 Express Lanes in a vital economic region of Virginia. The Governor was joined by Congressman Rob Wittman, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Stephen Brich, and Transurban, Virginia’s partner and operator of the Interstate 95 (I-95) and Interstate 495 (I-495) Express Lanes. The Fredericksburg Extension project, known as “Fred Ex,” will provide new options for faster and more reliable travel along one of the nation’s most congested corridors by extending the dynamically-tolled express lanes from Route 610 to Route 17 near Fredericksburg.
Governor Northam Announces Goal to Eliminate Racial Disparity in Virginia Maternal Mortality Rate by 2025
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a goal to eliminate the racial disparity in the maternal mortality rate in Virginia by 2025. In Virginia, the maternal mortality rate for black women is over two times as high as white women, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Governor Northam outlined the goal during a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 2546, which codifies the Maternal Mortality Review Team in Virginia, and House Bill 2613, which adds perinatal anxiety to the list of information providers must give patients.
Governor Northam Announces Over $11 Million for Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $11 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 17 projects throughout the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 1,283 affordable housing units that will target low-income and very low-income Virginians. The Governor made this announcement during an event at American Legion Post 139 in Arlington, the future site of the American Legion Uniting to Serve affordable housing project. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation housing projects as well as permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Governor Northam, Cabinet, State and Local Agencies Get Ready for Hurricane Season in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam and his cabinet participated in a day-long exercise yesterday that focused on disaster preparedness and how to ready all Virginia state agencies for hurricanes or other natural and manmade-disasters.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Two, establishing the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law. Governor Northam made the announcement in Norfolk during a ceremonial signing of Senator Lionel Spruill’s Senate Bill 1079, a measure to repeal Jim Crow era minimum wage exemptions.
Governor Northam to Call Virginia General Assembly into Special Session to Address Gun Violence
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will call members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session for the purpose of addressing gun violence in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Fourth Round of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), will award four grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. This is the fourth cohort of mixed-delivery grantees since 2016. This year, VECF and VDOE are also funding planning grants and technical assistance to two communities preparing to receive a possible Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant in the future.
Governor Northam Announces Process to Reinstate Suspended Driver’s Licenses to Begin July 1
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is preparing to send letters to Virginians whose driving privileges are suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs to advise them of any specific requirements for obtaining their driver’s licenses. Governor Northam’s budget includes a provision that prohibits courts from suspending driving privileges solely for failure to pay court fines and costs, effective July 1, 2019. Also beginning July 1, any Virginian whose driver’s license has been suspended for that single reason will have his or her driving privileges restored, and the associated reinstatement fee waived.
Governor Northam Statement on Virginia Beach Shooting
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement regarding the shooting that took place at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.
Governor Northam Proclaims Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed May 31, 2019 as Virginia Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia, encouraging individuals and communities across the Commonwealth to understand risk and to take steps to prevent dam failures.
Governor Northam Announces Five Virginia High Schools Receive Cybersecurity Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized five Virginia high schools for their participation in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, which he announced earlier this year. Sponsored by the SANS Institute, the national Girls Go CyberStart program involves a series of online challenges designed to place girls in grades 9 through 12 in the role of a cybersecurity professional tasked with solving realistic problems and puzzles.
Governor Northam Designates May as Building Safety Month
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month in Virginia. Today, the Governor recognized Virginia’s building and fire community professionals with a special ceremony held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and highlighted the importance of building and fire safety in creating vibrant and sustainable communities in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam and Board of Education Announce 2019 Virginia Index of Performance Awards
Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education today announced that 270 schools and nine school divisions earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced student 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 Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces New Limited Series “The Good Lord Bird” from Blumhouse Television and SHOWTIME® to Film in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the upcoming limited series "The Good Lord Bird" will film in Virginia this summer. The new SHOWTIME® limited series, produced by Blumhouse Television, is based on the National Book Award-winning novel, by the same name, from bestselling author James McBride.
Governor Northam Announces 160 New Jobs in the City of Danville
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Litehouse, Inc., a leader in refrigerated salad dressings, dips, cheese, freeze dried herbs, and other innovative consumer packaged goods, will invest $46 million to acquire and expand Sky Valley Foods and establish its first East Coast production facility in the City of Danville. The company will retain the Sky Valley Foods employees and create an additional 160 new jobs over the next five years. Virginia successfully competed with Utah and South Carolina for the project.
Governor Northam Celebrates Virginia’s 13-Spot Jump to Seventh Place in U.S. News Best States Ranking
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated Virginia’s jump to seventh place in the U.S. News 2019 Best States Rankings, representing a 13-spot jump from 20th in 2018. In calculating the rankings, each of eight categories was assigned weightings based on the average of three years of data from an annual national survey that asked a total of more than 50,000 people to prioritize each subject in their state. The data behind the rankings aims to show how well states serve their residents in a variety of ways. In addition to healthcare and education, the metrics consider a state’s economy, infrastructure, fiscal stability, public safety, natural environment, and the opportunity it affords its residents.
Governor Northam Statement on Eastern Virginia Medical School Investigative Report
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the conclusion of the Eastern Virginia Medical School investigation.
Governor Northam Designates May 19–25 as Virginia Agriculture Week
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 19–25, 2019 as Virginia Agriculture Week in the Commonwealth. Throughout the week, the Governor and members of Northam administration will visit sites across Virginia highlighting a variety of farming operations, agriculture research and technology, local food systems, and agribusinesses, as well as the agricultural sector’s enormous economic impact in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces 40 New Jobs in Montgomery County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ozmo, a technology company that builds software products for mobile operations and their customers, will invest over $200,000 to expand its existing operation in Montgomery County. The project will position the company to meet increasing demand for its products from top mobile operations and device manufacturers from around the world, creating 40 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 2.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged again in April at 2.9 percent. The April 2019 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.2 percentage point from a year ago. In April, the labor force expanded for the tenth consecutive month by 2,637, or 0.1 percent to set a new record high of 4,362,921, as the number of unemployed increased by 628. Household employment increased by 2,009 to set a new high of 4,235,646. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which declined by 0.2 percentage point to 3.6 percent in April—the lowest rate since December 1969.
Governor Northam Celebrates Virginia’s Top Ranking in Site Selection’s 2019 Prosperity Cup
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated Virginia’s rise to first-in-the-nation in Site Selection magazine’s annual Prosperity Cup ranking, “which is awarded to the most competitive state-level economic development group” in the United States. The award represents a five-spot jump from sixth in 2017 and 2018. Site Selection, an internationally circulated business publication covering real estate and economic development, recognized Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) President and CEO Stephen Moret and the VEDP team for their focus on state competitiveness and in particular for helping secure two marquee projects in 2018: Amazon HQ2 in Arlington and the $3-billion Micron expansion in Manassas.
Governor Northam Announces $10 Million in Economic Development Grants for Virginia’s Coalfields
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the third round of funding through the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot Program. The $10 million in economic development grants is available for projects in southwest Virginia that reclaim abandoned mine land features while continuing to help diversify the economy of the region.
April 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 27.4% From Previous Year and Fiscal Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that April revenue collections grew 27.4 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.2 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 5.9 percent growth.
Governor Northam Announces First Craft Cidery in City of Alexandria
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lost Boy Cider will invest more than $668,000 to renovate a nearly 6,000-square-foot warehouse space for a new hard cider production facility and tasting room. The company will produce a variety of traditional and innovative hard ciders, sourcing 100 percent of its apples from Virginia. With several apple trees on site, Lost Boy Cider will become the City’s first Virginia Farm Winery-licensed production facility, creating an exciting new amenity for residents and tourists seeking an authentic Virginia craft beverage experience.
Governor Northam Congratulates Newport News and Norfolk on Receiving $60 Million in HUD Grants to Advance Community Transformation
Governor Ralph Northam congratulates Mayor of Newport News Dr. McKinley L. Price and Mayor of Norfolk Kenny Alexander for receiving a combined $60 million in implementation grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI), which provides grants to local communities to transform neighborhoods into places of choice by focusing on rebuilding distressed public housing and assisted housing, improving outcomes, expanding learning opportunities, creating pathways to jobs, and strengthening families.
Governor Northam Announces Results of Digital Town Hall on Distracted Driving
Governor Ralph Northam today shared the results of #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall, the Commonwealth’s first online safety feedback forum, which took place in December. Over 2,000 people participated in the eleven question anonymous survey, which revealed Virginians’ thoughts on distracted driving, its prevalence, and potential influences for people to avoid distractions while behind the wheel.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Transferring Virginia Museum of Natural History to Secretary of Education
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-One, transferring responsibility and oversight of the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) from the Secretary of Natural Resources to the Secretary of Education.
Governor Northam Recognizes Virginia Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May 12–18, 2019, as Virginia Police Week, and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Over 80 New Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Petal, a new kind of credit card company built to help people financially succeed, will make an investment of over $300,000 to establish a new service and operations center in Chesterfield County. Virginia successfully competed with Austin, Salt Lake City, and New York City—where Petal is headquartered—for the project, which will create more than 80 new jobs over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program Participants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program participants. First created by former Governor Chuck Robb in 1982, the program offers rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students an opportunity to gain valuable, firsthand experience working under Cabinet secretaries and alongside staff in the Office of the Governor.
Governor Northam Announces $2.45 Million in Grant Funds for Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $2.45 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funds were awarded to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Foundation to support the implementation of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs) at seven Virginia hospitals. These grants were included in the funding approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) at its May 9 meeting in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces $77.13 Million in Grants to Support Local and State Criminal Justice Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of $77.13 million in grant funds to 267 localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies throughout Virginia to support law enforcement agencies, victims services, child abuse and neglect programs, pretrial and local probation, and delinquency prevention programs. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) at its May 9 meeting in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces The Hershey Company to Invest $104 Million in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Hershey Company, the leading North American chocolate producer and a global snacks company, will invest $104 million to grow its major manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The 111,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility will increase production capabilities. The expanded facility will manufacture penuche and peanut cream, which will be distributed to other Hershey facilities on the East Coast. The Hershey Company evaluated potential expansion locations nationally and ultimately chose Augusta County for the project, which will create 65 new jobs.
Governor and First Lady Northam, Virginia Council on Women Announce 8th Annual STEM Essay Contest Winners
Governor and First Lady Northam and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the winners of the 8th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their junior and senior years of high school. The winners were recognized during a reception held at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia this morning.
Governor Northam Designates May as Second Chance Month
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May as Second Chance Month in Virginia. During the month of May, the Governor and members of his administration will facilitate conversations and participate in events focused on criminal justice reform and reentry programming. The Northam administration is committed to ensuring that returning citizens have the support and resources they need to be successful and make positive contributions in their communities.
Governor Northam Recognizes Virginia’s Correctional Officers
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed May 5–11, 2019 as Correctional Officers’ Week in Virginia, which honors and acknowledges the men and women who serve as correctional officers in the Commonwealth. Correctional officers play a vital role in helping Virginia maintain the lowest recidivism rate in the nation, a distinction the Commonwealth holds for the third year in a row.
Governor Northam Announces Significant Investment in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Merck & Co., Inc., a publicly held global healthcare company known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, plans to invest up to $1 billion in stages over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operation in Rockingham County. The company will add 120,000 square feet to its existing 1.1 million-square-foot operation in Elkton, Virginia to increase production of its Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Virginia successfully competed with other states for the project, which is anticipated to create approximately 100 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Creating Extra Restrictions on Certain Small Businesses
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2328, which would create extra restrictions on certain small businesses that are not placed on any other group of small businesses, nor large businesses, and would negatively impact small businesses that compete for state contracts.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation to Change Virginians with Disabilities Act
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2296, which would change the Virginians with Disabilities Act (VDA) by requiring a claimant to provide at least 120 days of notification to financial entities prior to the commencement of a lawsuit regarding web accessibility.
Governor Northam Vetoes Companion Legislation with Lower Staffing Ratio for School Counselors
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2053, one of two bills to improve staffing ratios of school counselors. House Bill 2053 and Senate Bill 1406, sponsored by Delegate Delores McQuinn and Senator Rosalyn Dance respectively, were introduced in identical form but amended to require different staffing ratios. Governor Northam signed Senate Bill 1406 on March 25, which will require more school counselors for students and is a greater step towards the staffing ratios recommended by the Virginia Board of Education.
Governor Northam Announces Final Action and Signature of Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his final action and signature of House Bill 1700. In a letter to the General Assembly, Governor Northam details his veto of language constraining the funding for a pilot program to distribute long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation with Potential Inadvertent Consequences for Individuals Struggling with Addiction
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2528, which would hold a person who gives, manufactures, sells, or distributes a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance liable for a crime of felony murder when a recipient of the controlled substance dies as a result of an overdose, resulting in a sentence of five to forty years in prison. The legislation would add the charge for an individual already facing a charge of distribution of the controlled substance, subject to a penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1661, House Bill 2443, and Senate Bill 1689, legislation which would undermine larger efforts to ensure access to quality, affordable, and comprehensive health care for all Virginians and to stabilize Virginia’s health insurance marketplace.
Governor Northam Declares May as Business Appreciation Month
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation designating May as Business Appreciation Month in Virginia. Throughout the month, the Governor and members of his administration will visit companies and attend events in each region of the Commonwealth to highlight the diversity and importance of Virginia’s robust business community.
Governor Northam Announces Commitment to Oppose Additional Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Remainder of His Term
Governor Ralph Northam today shared a commitment that no additional mandatory minimum sentence legislation will receive his signature for the remainder of his term in office. In conjunction with that commitment, Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2042 and Senate Bill 1675, two bills that would have added new mandatory minimum sentences to Virginia state code.
In Letter to Federal Leaders, Governor Northam Urges Action on Economic Threats Posed by Sequestration and Default
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders, urging them to take prompt action to avoid potential damage to the economic stability of the country and the Commonwealth of Virginia that a failure to raise discretionary spending caps and increase the statutory debt limit would cause.
Governor Northam Announces 51 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Flow Alkaline Spring Water, an Ontario-based provider of naturally alkaline spring water, will invest $15.5 million to establish its first U.S. spring water manufacturing facility in Augusta County. Virginia successfully competed with New Hampshire and Wisconsin for the project, which will create 51 new jobs.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Undermining “Micro Business” Classification
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1592, which would change the certification process for a subcategory of small businesses known as “micro businesses” and undermine the intent of the classification.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Limiting Access to Emergency Shelters
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2303 and Senate Bill 1047, which would have resulted in significant and unacceptable public safety consequences by allowing emergency shelters to temporarily deny individuals required to register on the Sex Offenders and Crimes Against Minors Registry.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Excludes Criteria Essential to Ensuring Fair Electoral Maps
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1579, which falls short of establishing sufficient criteria to ensure that electoral maps are drawn fairly.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Reducing Number of Votes Required for Local Board of Zoning Appeals
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2686, which would make it easier to circumvent the zoning authority of local governments.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Jeopardizing Virginians’ Constitutional Right to Equal Apportionment
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1087, which would authorize the General Assembly to change legislative district boundaries outside of the decennial redistricting process.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Hindering Steady Leadership for Department of Elections
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1620 and Senate Bill 1455, which would create a structure that sets up the Department of Elections for potential challenges.
Governor Northam Announces ‘Virginia is for Learners’ Education Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today launched 'Virginia is for Learners,' an initiative to engage students, parents, educators, and employers with the Commonwealth’s efforts to better prepare Virginia students for success in the 21st-century workforce and adapt to a changing world. The initiative includes a public information campaign and a coordinated set of future-focused strategies to accompany recent major changes the Commonwealth has made to public education.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by New Kent Winery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that New Kent Winery will invest $715,000 and create seven new jobs to expand its operations in New Kent County. This is both the first economic development announcement in New Kent County and the first Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) facility grant awarded to the county since Governor Northam took office.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Participate in 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Governor Ralph Northam urges Virginians to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications during the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 27, 2019. One of the easiest ways to help fight prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths is to discard any prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer in use. Virginians can drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs anonymously at hundreds of secure collection sites across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Opposes Trump Administration Efforts to Push Offshore Drilling and Undermine Coastal Protections
The Commonwealth of Virginia today submitted comments opposing federal efforts to weaken the ability of states to protect their coastlines and related ocean resources from the negative impacts of offshore oil and gas drilling operations. Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler submitted the comments in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for Procedural Changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued on March 11, 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Comprehensive and Financial Agreements for Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the execution of agreements critical for advancement of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The Commonwealth has signed a Project Agreement for Funding and Administration (PAFA) with the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), and a Comprehensive Agreement with design-build team Hampton Roads Connector Partners for the HRBT Expansion Project.
Governor Northam Celebrates Significant Milestone for Economic Development in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured over $15.8 billion of capital investment since he took office on January 13, 2018. The capital investment represents over 300 economic development projects in every region of the Commonwealth and has led to the creation of more than 48,000 jobs. Over $2 billion of this investment and more than 7,500 new jobs are in distressed communities, in which the unemployment or poverty rates are above the statewide average.
Governor Northam Congratulates 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson
Governor Ralph Northam today congratulated Richmond history teacher Rodney A. Robinson on his selection as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. The choice of Robinson as the nation’s top teacher was announced earlier today on CBS This Morning.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in March at 2.9 percent. The March 2019 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.3 percentage point from a year ago. In March, the labor force expanded for the ninth consecutive month by 5,379, or 0.1 percent to set a new record high of 4,360,317, as the number of unemployed increased by 2,089. Household employment increased by 3,290 to set a new high of 4,233,641. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.8 percent.
Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million in Funding for RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge Winners
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $1.5 million in funding for six business winners of the first-ever RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The winners will each receive between $160,000 and $310,000 to develop innovative products, services, and workforce development programs to help coastal communities adapt to climate change. These approaches will be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region with the goal of building economically viable businesses and solutions that are scalable to other communities.
Governor Northam Announces 45 New Jobs in Bath County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill in Virginia, Inc., a manufacturer of white oak staves and headers for bourbon barrels, will invest $114,000 to expand its manufacturing facility in Bath County. The company will add new equipment and a second shift to the operation, creating 45 new jobs.
Tenth Cargo Resupply Mission Successfully Launches to International Space Station from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility celebrate a successful launch for cargo resupply to the International Space Station (ISS), which was also carrying student scientific experiments as part of the inaugural ThinSat Program. The mission, designated NG-11, occurred today at 4:46 p.m. from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces $2.2 Million in Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $2.2 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund (VHTF) for 30 projects in Virginia. The selected projects will result in targeted efforts to reduce homelessness around the Commonwealth. The grants will support 16 rapid re-housing projects, 12 existing permanent supportive housing projects, and the pre-development of two permanent supportive housing projects.
Governor Northam Announces $600,000 in Grants to Upgrade Career and Technical Education Program Equipment
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. Each school or technical center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and to make other necessary improvements.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for Sussex County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Sussex County to assist Superb Solutions for You, Inc. with the revitalization of the old Evans lumber yard located in the Town of Waverly.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 3,000 high school students from across the Commonwealth participated in an online competition, and 160 students were invited to the day-long championship event held April 11th at Capital One in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Initiative to Encourage Economic Growth in Virginia’s Opportunity Zones
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new initiative that will bolster the Governor’s goal of ensuring that every region, community, and household can participate and share in the Commonwealth’s economic progress through the federal Opportunity Zones program, which was created through the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017.
March 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Down 1.4% From Previous Year, But Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 3.0%
Governor Northam today announced that, although March is not a significant month for collections, revenue decreased 1.4 percent as payroll withholding had one less deposit day than a year ago. After revenues increased by 26.6 percent in February due to the delayed tax filing season, lower revenues were expected in March. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 3.0 percent, behind the annual forecast of 5.9 percent growth. Although collections are lagging the annual estimate, growth is expected to be higher in the final quarter of the fiscal year due to effects of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Governor Northam Announces 48 New Jobs in Russell County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Polycap LLC, a Toronto-based manufacturer of specialty caps and closures for a number of vertical markets, will invest $7.7 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in the 76,000-square-foot Russell County shell building in Lebanon. Virginia successfully competed with Ohio and Toronto for the project, which will create 48 new jobs.
Governor Northam Honors 2019 Volunteerism and Community Service Awards Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam recognized the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards during a special ceremony held at the Executive Mansion yesterday evening. The annual awards program spotlights the outstanding efforts that individual volunteers and organizations contribute on behalf of citizens throughout the Commonwealth.
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 today joined crime victims and victim advocates to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of ConserveVirginia
Governor Ralph Northam has officially launched ConserveVirginia, Virginia’s first in the nation, data-driven, statewide, land conservation strategy that identifies high value lands and conservation sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Third Series in "The Walking Dead" Franchise to Film in Virginia
Governor Northam today announced that the third series in AMC’s "The Walking Dead" franchise will film its debut season in Virginia. The series will follow in the footsteps of the popular AMC program "The Walking Dead," now in its ninth season, and the current offshoot series "Fear the Walking Dead," which both rank among the most-watched cable series on television.
Virginia First Lady Announces Farm-to-School Goal, Connecting Schools to Virginia Growers
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring are calling on the Commonwealth’s school nutrition programs to increase annual statewide local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022. Mrs. Northam announced the goal last month in Hampton during the annual Virginia Farm-to-School Conference.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Release of Virginia’s Draft Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today released for public review and comment a new restoration plan for Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The plan, referred to as the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, will guide local, state, and federal actions through 2025 and is designed to achieve the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution.
Governor Northam Announces $60 Million Investment in the City of Portsmouth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Preferred Freezer Services, one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the world, will invest $60 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse in the City of Portsmouth. The new facility will be used to import, export, process, and distribute a variety of food products, positioning the company to meet the growing demand for cold storage space. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia for the project, which will create 60 new jobs.
Governor Northam Statement on Successful Reconvened Session
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement upon the conclusion of the 2019 reconvened session. The 2019 reconvened session was marked by historic legislative breakthroughs on issues including finalizing a dedicated source of revenue for Interstate 81 improvements, criminal justice reform to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs and fees, a bond package to replace Central State Hospital, and increased support for the Housing Trust Fund.
Governor Northam Announces Two Virginia Schools Selected to Participate in Teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Council on Behavioral Health and Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation have selected two Virginia high schools to take part in the Teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) pilot program. Freedom High School in Chantilly and Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville will be among eight schools in the country to pilot Teen MHFA this spring.
Governor Northam Announces Hundreds of New Jobs in Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Incentive Technology Group (iTG), LLC, a fast-growing information technology and management consulting firm, will invest $5.1 million to relocate and expand its headquarters in Arlington County. The company’s new, 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters facility will be located at Presidential Tower in Crystal City. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia for the project, which will create more than 128 new jobs as early as 2019 and boost long-term growth with a commitment to over 1,000 new high-paying jobs at the Virginia headquarters. The office will include a new iTG Design and Innovation Center, where clients, architects, and consultants will collaborate to develop leading-edge solutions to complex business problems.
Governor Northam Proclaims April as Highway Safety Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today proclaimed April as Highway Safety Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While the total number of crash deaths in Virginia was down in 2018, pedestrian fatalities in the Commonwealth were at a ten-year high. Governor Northam is calling attention to the rise in pedestrian casualties in the Commonwealth and nationwide to elevate awareness of dangerous behaviors and help save lives.
Governor Northam Announces 26 New Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that G.D USA, Inc., a member of the Coesia Group, will invest $3.73 million to increase capacity and enhance technology at its G.D USA facility in Chesterfield County. The project will create up to 26 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Census Awareness Day
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation recognizing Monday, April 1, 2019 as Census Awareness Day in Virginia, and marking the one-year countdown to the 2020 Census.
Governor Northam Commemorates Vietnam War Veterans Day
Today, Governor Ralph Northam paid tribute to Virginia’s Vietnam War veterans at a special ceremony held at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony was hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), which operates the care center, and coincides with National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Governor Northam Announces Fourth Annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 21–27, 2019, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers, and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.
Governor Northam Announces Over $4.9 Million in Virginia Telecommunication Initiative Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced over $4.9 million in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for 11 projects within 12 counties throughout Virginia. The VATI program provides targeted funding to extend service to areas that are presently unserved by any broadband provider.
Governor Northam Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which were presented at the annual Environment Virginia Symposium held at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Earlier in the week, Governor Northam addressed the environmental conference, highlighting the progress made over the last year in protecting Virginia’s environment and natural resources.
Governor Northam Announces Amendments to Fund $2 Billion I-81 Improvement Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718, legislation passed by the General Assembly providing $151 million in dedicated funding for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. The amendments would ensure that the $2 billion program approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in December 2018 is implemented, while also generating critical revenue for interstates across the Commonwealth.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis Identified as Candidate for F-22 Raptor Formal Training Unit
The U.S. Air Force has identified Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, as the candidate base for the F-22 Raptor formal training unit and associated T-38 aircraft, according to announcement made March 25, 2019, by the Secretary of the Air Force. The announcement also indicated the Air Force filed a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposed action in the federal register as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Zantech IT Services, Inc., a provider of leading-edge technology solutions to federal government and industry, will invest $317,853 to expand its corporate offices in Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed with Washington D.C., Maryland, and West Virginia for the project, which will create 120 new jobs.
Governor Northam Signs Major Foster Care Legislation and Announces Launch of Virginia Fosters Campaign
Governor Ralph Northam today ceremonially signed legislation to improve Virginia’s foster care system. Joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, government officials, and leaders from the business and faith communities, Governor Northam also helped kick off Virginia Fosters, a statewide campaign that empowers Virginians to be the solution for children, families, and workers in the Commonwealth’s child welfare system.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Creating Ill-Defined “School Protection Officers”
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2142, which would allow for the creation of school protection officers, a new type of officer with undefined duties and indeterminate training. Virginia law already provides for school resource officers and school security officers, two types of officers with well-defined duties and stringent, uniform training standards.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Public Accountability of Law Enforcement
Governor Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1150, which would prohibit magistrates from issuing misdemeanor arrest warrants against law enforcement officers without prior consent from the attorney for the Commonwealth or the local law enforcement agency, if the alleged offense is related to the officer’s official duties. This bill would unnecessarily limit the authority of our magistrates and reduce citizens’ ability to hold law enforcement officers accountable.
Governor Northam Announces Leadership Transitions at Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Andrew Block, the director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), who has devoted his career to improving the lives and protecting the rights of court-involved youth, will step down effective April 19 after leading the agency for five years. Governor Northam also announced the appointment of Valerie Boykin, who has served as DJJ’s Deputy Director for Community Programs since 2015, as the agency’s new director.
Governor Northam Announces Budget Amendment to Eliminate Driver’s License Suspensions for Nonpayment of Court Fines and Costs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an amendment to the enrolled budget that will eliminate the suspension of driving privileges for nonpayment of court fines and costs. This amendment would also reinstate driving privileges for the more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have their licenses suspended.
Governor Northam Announces Amendment to Distracted Driving Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an amendment to Senate Bill 1768, sponsored by Senator Monty Mason. In the legislation’s current form, Senate Bill 1768 would prohibit drivers from holding a communications device in highway work zones. The Governor’s proposed amendments would expand this hands-free legislation to be a statewide law.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Complicating Removal Process of General Registrars
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2034, which would require electoral boards to petition the circuit court for the removal of a general registrar, making the process more onerous, costly, and time consuming and creating unintended consequences.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Impose a Permanent Penalty on Individuals Convicted of Certain Felonies
Governor Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1782, which would prohibit individuals convicted of certain felonies from serving as a notary public even if such person’s rights have been restored.
Governor Northam Celebrates Innovative Economic and Community Development Project in Middlesex County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cook’s Corner Partners LLC will invest $2 million and create 20 new jobs to locate a new commissary kitchen and brewery in Middlesex County. This new private investment is a component of the larger Middlesex County Cook’s Corner innovative, multi-agency revitalization project.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Designed to Shame TANF Recipients
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2749, which would require the Department of Social Services to report to the General Assembly the number of reported violations of restrictions on the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Restrict Voting Access
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2764 and Senate Bill 1038, both of which would create unnecessary obstacles to voter registration and undermine Virginians’ voting rights.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Efforts to Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2260 and Senate Bills 1027, 1240 and 1674, 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 Signs Legislation Establishing Virginia African American Advisory Board
Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 2767, sponsored by Delegate Lamont Bagby, creating the Virginia African American Advisory Board. The board will be composed of 21 nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, and at least 15 of the members must be African American. The Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security will also serve on the board as ex-officio members.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Strengthening Virginia’s Apprenticeship Programs
Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 2020, sponsored by Delegate Matthew James, which requires the Virginia Community College System to develop and deliver uniform, related instruction for registered apprenticeships in high-demand programs for which coursework is not otherwise available. The Virginia Board of Workforce Development and the Virginia Employment Commission will determine what qualifies as a high-demand program. This instruction will be available statewide both online and in classroom settings.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate at 2.9%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up a slight 0.1 percentage point in February to 2.9 percent, but was 0.3 percentage point below last February. This is the first increase in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate since the Governor took office in January 2018.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Permitting Possession of Switchblade Knives for Sale or Distribution Outside of Virginia
Governor Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1251, which would permit a manufacturer or distributor in Virginia to possess switchblade knives for sale out of state, despite an existing prohibition on the sale and distribution of such knives in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Increasing Access to Health Coverage for Individuals with Autism
Governor Ralph Northam has signed Senate Bill 1693, sponsored by Senator Jill Vogel, and House Bill 2577, sponsored by Delegate Robert “Bob” Thomas, which will ensure all individuals with autism, no matter their age, have access to adequate health insurance. Current law only requires coverage be provided to individuals between ages two and ten. This legislation removes the age cap for autism coverage, expanding access to care for nearly 10,000 Virginians living with autism, including transition-age youth and adults. It will be effective beginning January 1, 2020.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Cutting Sales Tax on Essential Personal Hygiene Products
Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation that reduces the Retail Sales and Use Tax rate on essential personal hygiene products, including feminine hygiene products and nondurable incontinence products.
Governor Northam Signs Historic Coal Ash Clean Up Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation to clean up more than 27 million cubic yards of coal ash from unlined ponds in Virginia, after a historic bipartisan agreement that was supported by Democratic and Republican members of both the House and Senate.
Governor Northam Announces Clarke Precision Machine to Expand in Wythe County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Clarke Precision Machine, Inc., a full-service manufacturer of precision metal and non-metal tooling, will invest $750,000 to purchase new machinery and expand its manufacturing facility in Wythe County. The project will create 12 new jobs and position the company to handle future potential contracts in automotive, construction materials, industrial mixing, and other industries.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Imposing Unnecessary Requirements on Localities Regarding Federal Immigration Law Enforcement
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2270, which would impose an unnecessary requirement upon localities regarding the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation that would Divert State and Local Law Enforcement Resources for Political Purposes
Governor Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1156, which would force local law enforcement agencies to use precious resources to perform functions that are the responsibility of federal immigration enforcement agencies.
Governor Northam Celebrates Virginia Women Veterans Week
Governor Ralph Northam today participated in a special kickoff event marking the beginning of Virginia Women Veterans Week and honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans. Taking place from March 17–23, 2019, this is the second year that the Commonwealth will devote the third full week in March to recognizing all of the women who have served in the armed forces. Virginia Women Veterans Week coincides with Women’s History Month, which serves as an annual declared observance of the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Federal Transit Administration Fully Certifies Metrorail Safety Commission
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Federal Transit Administration has fully certified the Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC), entrusting safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system to the MSC. The MSC is legally and financially independent of WMATA, ensuring that its priority is safety.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Easing Transitions for Military Families
Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation to ease transitions for military families relocating to the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Same Day Access to Mental Health Services Now Available at All 40 Community Services Boards in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) today announced that all 40 Community Services Boards (CSBs) in the Commonwealth have Same Day Access (SDA) available to Virginians seeking mental health services in their communities. A person in need of a mental health evaluation can now access walk-in hours at any CSB throughout Virginia without an appointment, instead of waiting days or even weeks to receive an assessment. SDA marks a dramatic shift from addressing mental health needs only when a crisis occurs to utilizing preventive care to help avoid emergencies and hospital admissions.
Governor Northam Announces 42 New Jobs in Smyth County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Scholle IPN Packaging, Inc., an innovative manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, will invest $10.29 million to expand its production facility in Smyth County. The project will create 42 new jobs.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Limiting Commonwealth’s Ability to Combat Vehicle Pollution
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2269, which would prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide air pollution from vehicles and other transportation sources unless authorized by two-thirds of the General Assembly. This measure violates the Virginia Constitution and would significantly undercut efforts to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Limiting Commonwealth’s Ability to Combat Power Plant Pollution
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2611, which would prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide air pollution from power plants unless authorized by two-thirds of the General Assembly. This measure violates the Virginia Constitution and would significantly undercut efforts to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Establish Eviction Diversion Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam has signed Senate Bill 1450, sponsored by Senator Mamie Locke, and House Bill 2655, sponsored by Delegate Christopher Collins, identical bills which create an Eviction Diversion Pilot Program aimed at reducing eviction rates and collecting concrete data on evictions in the Commonwealth. This legislation is part of a series of eviction-related bills that support Governor Northam’s affordable housing priorities, which he set forth in Executive Order Twenty-Five signed in November of 2018.
February 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 26.6% From Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 3.5%
Governor Northam today announced that total general fund revenues grew 26.6 percent in February, mainly due to a delay in the start of the individual income tax processing season, which resulted in fewer refunds being issued. In addition, the major revenue sources performed at or better than expectations for the month. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 3.5 percent, behind the annual forecast of 5.9 percent growth. Although collections are lagging the annual estimate, growth is expected to be higher for the remainder of the fiscal year due to effects of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive $2.2 Million Grant to Reduce Low-Value Health Care
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the non-profit Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) has received a $2.2 million grant from Arnold Ventures to launch a statewide pilot to reduce the provision of low-value health care in Virginia. Low-value health care includes medical tests and procedures that have been shown to add little or no benefit in particular clinical circumstances and can lead to potential harm and a higher total cost of care for patients.
Governor Northam Announces Over $6.7 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Northam today announced more than $6.7 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) funding for seven regional projects. Key members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community approved the GO Virginia grant funding 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 100 New Jobs in Caroline County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that M.C. Dean, Inc., a leading electrical design-build and systems integration firm for mission-critical organizations, will invest $25.1 million to incorporate a new product line at its fabrication and distribution facility in Caroline County. Virginia successfully competed with several states for the project, which will create 100 new jobs.
Governor Northam Vetoes Bill to Issue De Facto Concealed Handgun Permits
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2253, which would jeopardize public safety by requiring the Virginia Department of State Police to issue a de facto nonresident concealed handgun permit if the agency fails to complete its review of an application within 90 days.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 2.8%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in January at 2.8 percent—the sixth consecutive month at 2.8 percent. The January 2019 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago and continued to be the lowest rate since the April 2001 rate of 2.8 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs 85 Bills into Law
Governor Ralph Northam signed 85 bills into law over the past week.
Governor Northam Announces First Virginia Flood Awareness Week
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation designating March 10–16, 2019 as the first Virginia Flood Awareness Week. All Virginians are encouraged to learn the dangers associated with flooding and protect their families, businesses, and communities by getting flood insurance.
Governor Northam and Congressman Griffith Announce 10 Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants
Governor Ralph Northam and Congressman Morgan Griffith today announced 10 economic development projects selected for grant approval from the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot program administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and funded by the Federal Power Plus Pilot Program. The projects are located on historic mining sites and include safety and environmental improvements to the Southwest Virginia communities where they are located.
Governor Northam Announces 44 New Jobs in Rockbridge County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dynovis, Inc., a Virginia-based manufacturer providing inspired solutions and product expertise to the aerospace and defense industries, will invest $592,000 to establish a new manufacturing operation in Rockbridge County. The company will renovate a formerly vacant, 75,000-square-foot facility and invest in new equipment to significantly increase its production capabilities. The project will create 44 new jobs.
Governor Northam Signs Tobacco-Free Schools Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 2384, sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope and Senate Bill 1295, sponsored by Senator Lionel Spruill, Sr., which will require all local school boards to develop and implement a comprehensive tobacco-free policy banning the use and distribution of any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product on a school bus, on school property, and at on-site and off-site school-sponsored activities. This legislation will be effective July 1, 2019.
Governor Northam Praises Virginia Tax Department’s Work Through Backlog of Over One Million Individual Income Tax Returns
Governor Ralph Northam today praised the Virginia Department of Taxation for its completion of the backlog of individual income tax returns they accepted but did not process while awaiting action from the General Assembly.
Governor Northam Announces Proposed Major Manufacturing Operation in Frederick County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Clorox Company, a Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods company, seeks to establish a new manufacturing operation for its cat litter business in Frederick County, upon completion of Frederick County’s public process. The proposed project would create approximately 100 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces 600 New Jobs in Chesterfield County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Results Companies, a leading provider of business processing outsourcing services, will invest $1.5 million to expand its client engagement operations in Chesterfield County. The company will lease additional space for its second call center in the area. Virginia successfully competed against New Mexico for the project, which will create 600 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Reduce Eviction Rates in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has signed a series of measures aimed at reducing eviction rates in the Commonwealth. These bills support the Governor’s affordable housing priorities, which he set forth in Executive Order Twenty-Five signed in November of 2018.
Governor Northam Announces $1.2 Million Investment in Town of Warsaw
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Old Rappahannock Brewing Company, LLC will create 11 new jobs and invest over $1.2 million to open a new production facility and tasting room in the Town of Warsaw. The company will source more than 90 percent of the hops, wheat, oysters, and fruit used in its brews from Virginia. Old Rappahannock Brewing will be the first craft brewery in Richmond County and only the third in the region, creating an important new amenity for year-round residents and tourists.
Governor Northam Announces $1.4 Million in Grants to Support Restoration of Brownfield Sites
Governor Ralph Northam today announced approximately $1.4 million in Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) Site Remediation Grants for eight localities in the Commonwealth, including Amherst, Pittsylvania, and Russell Counties; the Cities of Charlottesville and Staunton; and the Towns of Bedford, Big Stone Gap, and Vinton. VBAF was established to provide either grants or loans to local governments to promote the restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems or obstacles to reuse in an effort to effectively market to new economic development prospects. VBAF is a partnership program between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Virginia’s Horton Vineyards Wins 2019 Governor’s Cup® with 2016 Petit Manseng
Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2019 Governor’s Cup to Horton Vineyards for their 2016 Petit Manseng. The Governor’s Cup was awarded at the Governor’s Cup Gala, which took place Tuesday evening, February 26 at the Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs in Botetourt County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Pratt Industries, Inc., the world’s largest privately held, 100 percent recycled paper and packaging company, will invest over $20 million to establish a new paper packaging and shipping materials manufacturing operation in the Botetourt County Shell Building. The facility will be Pratt’s second manufacturing operation in Virginia and will allow the company to increase market share and grow sales of its paper-based packaging and shipping materials within Virginia and the surrounding states. Virginia successfully competed with multiple states for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.
Governor Northam Statement on Regular Session Adjournment
Governor Ralph Northam today released a statement upon the adjournment of the 2019 regular legislative session.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Improve the Safety of Student Athletes
Governor Ralph Northam today signed legislation designed to support and improve the safety of student athletes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. House Bill 1930, introduced by Delegate Richard Bell, requires the Board of Education to collaborate with stakeholders to biennially update its guidelines on policies related to concussions. These policies are intended to inform and educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and guardians of the nature, risks, and effects of concussions as well as the criteria for removal and return to play. Additionally, each local school division is required to biennially update its policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student athletes.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive Over $2.8 Million in Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will receive five grants totaling more than $2.8 million in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program. Three of the grants are multi-state implementation grants. One grant will go to Bland County for broadband deployment, and a technical assistance grant will go to Friends of Southwest Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the ten recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Awards, who will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the Virginia and Fire Rescue Conference on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Governor Northam Announces Registration Open for Student Cybersecurity Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that registration is now open for the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, which aims to support and inspire high school girls across Virginia to explore careers in cybersecurity and computer science.
Governor Northam Announces Global Biotechnology Company to Locate in City of Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that HalioDx, an immuno-oncology company pioneering the immunological diagnosis of cancers, has invested more than $1 million to establish a CLIA laboratory in the VA Bio+Tech Park in the City of Richmond. Virginia was selected over North Carolina for the project, which will create over 20 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Signs Tax Conformity Legislation
Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation that conforms Virginia’s tax laws to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and lets the Virginia Department of Taxation begin processing individual income tax returns.
Virginia Selects Contractor for VDOT’s Largest Construction Project in History
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has selected Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The fixed price ($3.3 billion) and fixed completion date (November 1, 2025) contract is expected to be executed in April 2019.
Governor Northam’s Letter to General Assembly Budget Conferees
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent the following letter to General Assembly Budget conferees outlining his views with respect to ongoing negotiations on the state budget.
Governor Northam Announces 11th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 11th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade with the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and the Port of Virginia on March 5, 2019 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The one-day conference will bring together producers, agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, exporters, foreign ambassadors and government ministers, educational leadership, state and federal government officials, and many more to discuss challenges and opportunities for global agricultural exports.
January 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 0.4% From Previous Year and Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 1.3%
Governor Northam today announced that January General Fund revenues rose 0.4 percent from the previous January. Although collections are lagging the annual estimate, growth is expected to be higher in the second half of the fiscal year due to effects of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the timing of payments for individual and corporate income taxes.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program
Governor Northam today announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program. Since 1982, the Governor’s Fellows Program has offered young Virginians firsthand state government experience at the highest level of the executive branch. Each fellow is placed with a member of the Governor’s Cabinet or with a member of his personal staff, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the work and decision-making in the Office of the Governor.
Governor Northam Announces Grant to Assist Virginia Farmers and Food Producers Selling Directly to Buyers
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded a planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to Augusta, Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties to support the development of an innovative local foods program and share the program with other communities. The AFID planning grant program helps localities engage and promote the agriculture industry by providing and expanding new market opportunities at the local and regional level. Shenandoah County is serving as the lead for this project, which leverages an AFID award of $11,885 with an additional $14,000 in local funds.
Governor Northam Announces Civil Rights Restored to Over 10,000 Virginians
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that since he took office just over a year ago, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of a felony. The civil rights restored include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and become a notary public.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on the Loss of Trooper Killed in Cumberland County Shooting
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement on the death of Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell in the line of duty.
Governor Northam Statement on Offensive Photo
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today.
Governor Northam Announces Over $8.9 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $8.9 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 14 projects throughout the Commonwealth. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation housing projects, as well as permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Governor Northam Announces 33 Local Tourism Programs to Receive Public-Private Marketing Funds to Bolster Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $625,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 33 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grant funding is designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of state grants funds. This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $2.1 million to match the VTC grants, providing nearly $2.7 million in new marketing funds to increase visitation to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact more than 135 other statewide tourism entities.
Governor Northam Announces $1.56 Million Investment in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Potter’s Craft Cider, LLC will invest $1.56 million to relocate and expand their existing hard cider production facility and add a tasting room. As a result of this expansion, the company will create 12 new jobs in Albemarle County and more than quadruple its cider production, while continuing to source 100 percent of its apples from Virginia.
Virginia and Transurban Sign Agreements to Invest More Than $1 Billion in Northern Virginia Transportation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed agreements with private partner Transurban to deliver critical transportation solutions along Interstate 495 and Interstate 95. Months of close collaboration and negotiation between the Commonwealth and Transurban have resulted in a deal for four transportation infrastructure projects that will create significant value for citizens and businesses throughout Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
Governor Northam Announces 33 New Jobs in City of Chesapeake
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cloverleaf Cold Storage, a leading cold storage warehousing and food logistics company, will invest $21 million to add over 100,000 square feet to its facility in the City of Chesapeake. The expansion will allow Cloverleaf Cold Storage to increase its current service volume of blast freezing, exporting, and importing, as well as accommodate additional refrigerated products for its current and new customers in the mid-Atlantic region. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and North Carolina for the project, which will create 33 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Statement on Letter Opinion in Melendez v. Virginia Board of Health
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement after the Henrico Circuit Court issued a letter opinion in Melendez v. Virginia Board of Health.
Governor Northam Statement on End of Partial Government Shutdown
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statement following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a deal to bring the longest government shutdown in American history to an end.
Governor Northam Announces Statewide Community Office Hours
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of statewide community office hours hosted by the Office of Constituent Services and Community Engagement. The Community Engagement team will schedule quarterly visits in each region of Virginia where constituents can have one-on-one meetings with a representative from the Office of the Governor. This program will provide residents greater access to the Governor’s Office and assistance with identifying