Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor Northam visits with staff at a DMV Connect site set up at the Calhoun Community Center in Richmond on Monday, August 5. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers mobile service units where Virginians can get assistance with driver’s license reinstatements and many other services. This was the last of several stops the Governor made across the Commonwealth in July and August to highlight the new policy, effective July 1, which allows individuals whose driving privileges were suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs to reinstate their driver’s licenses.

    

WEEK OF AUGUST 9, 2019

Governor Northam Visits Fort Monroe to Discuss Removal of Arch and References to Jefferson Davis Memorial Park, Installation of New Interpretive Signs Providing Contextual History

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Removing these letters from the arch and adding signs with an honest interpretation of a troubled time in Virginia’s history is far more welcoming and reflective of our values,” said Governor Northam. “Whether we are addressing long-standing inequities, or removing a memorial to a defender of slavery, it is through our actions that we will tell the world what kind of place Virginia is today, and tomorrow.”

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Governor Northam Again Urges Legislators to Address Gun Violence Emergency Following Recent Mass Shootings

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  • “This loss of life to guns—more than 1,000 Virginians last year—will continue until we take action,” said Governor Northam. “Lawmakers can choose to return to the special session any time, and it is my hope they will do so to immediately to pass the commonsense background checks and extreme risk protective orders backed by the president. The time to save lives is now.”

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Governor Northam Releases Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment and Draft Strategic Plan, First Lady Northam Continues Tour of Schools Receiving Preschool Development Grant Funding

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “When children have access to quality, stable, affordable care during their earliest years, they build the foundation they need for future success, not only for themselves, but for their communities,” said Governor Northam. “These collaborative efforts will drive our continued work to strengthen the Commonwealth’s early childhood system and improve the health, safety, and academic readiness of all of our youngest learners.”
  • “Some of the most creative and innovative solutions have come from the unique experiences and insights of local communities across Virginia,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “The upcoming regional listening sessions and comment period offer an important opportunity to receive more community input to further inform our efforts to ensure all Virginia children have the opportunity to enter school ready.”

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Governor Northam Recognizes 75th Anniversary of Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention Campaign, Declares August Smokey Bear Awareness Month in Virginia

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Smokey Bear has educated generations of Virginians about the importance of preventing wildfires and preserving the Commonwealth’s natural beauty,” said Governor Northam. “With its iconic figure and memorable message, the campaign continues to remind Virginians that simple actions can make a big difference in protecting our forests and reducing the number of fires and acres lost across the Commonwealth each year.”

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Governor Northam Announces Low-Interest Loans Available to Help Virginians Impacted by July Flooding in Counties of Fairfax and Arlington, Cities of Falls Church and Alexandria

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Substantial flooding last month caused extensive damage to many homes and businesses in Northern Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “We appreciate the Small Business Administration approving our request for financial assistance to help Virginians get back on their feet and move forward as quickly as possible. We will continue working in close coordination with the affected communities to support their recovery.”

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