Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor Northam addresses new correctional officers at a ceremony commemorating Correctional Officers’ Week held at the Academy for Staff Development in Crozier, Virginia on Tuesday, May 7.    

  

 

WEEK OF MAY 10, 2019

Governor Northam Announces Merck & Co., Inc. to Expand Elkton Manufacturing Facility, Investing Up to $1 Billion and Creating About 100 New Jobs in Rockingham County

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Merck has long been a valued employer and important corporate steward in Virginia that continues to play a vital role in advancing the 21st-century manufacturing sector in our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “I want to commend all of the partners involved on this transformative project, including Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University—their unprecedented collaboration will ensure we have pipeline of skilled talent in the Shenandoah Valley for decades to come.”

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Governor Northam Visits Skilled Trades Academy at Tidewater Community College, Ceremonially Signs Workforce Development Legislation Strengthening Virginia Apprenticeship Programs

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  • Details about this legislation
  • “We have long known that apprenticeships are an excellent way for potential employees to gain on-the-job training and prepare to move into full time positions within a company or industry,” said Governor Northam. “However, there are businesses across our Commonwealth that want to take on apprentices, but are not located in a region of the state where the necessary coursework is available. This bill will ensure that all Virginians have access to the related instruction they need take to advantage of apprenticeship programs, regardless of where they live.”

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Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by The Hershey Company to Bring $104 Million Investment, 65 New Jobs to Augusta County

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “For more than thirty years, The Hershey Company has continued to grow in Augusta County, creating hundreds of jobs and setting the bar for a thriving food and beverage industry cluster in the Shenandoah Valley,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s economic contribution to Virginia cannot be overstated, and we look forward to many more years of success for Hershey with this major investment and the establishment of a new Roasting Center of Excellence.”

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Virginia to Provide Alternative Transportation Services for Individuals Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis, Easing Burden on Law Enforcement and Reducing Trauma for Patients

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis, we should do all we can to reduce additional trauma and stigmatization,” said Governor Northam. “Alternative transportation has been shown to do just that for individuals in need, while also alleviating local law enforcement who currently undertake this important task.”

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Governor and First Lady Northam, Administration Officials Celebrate Virginia Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

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  • “My goal as governor is to support our teachers and our schools in any way we can—I’m proud this year that our budget contains the largest single-year pay raise for teachers in 15 years,” said Governor Northam. “Offering every single Virginia child a world-class education in a public school is one of the most important priorities of this administration. Education is one of our most effective ways of making good on the promise of equal opportunity for all people, no matter who they are or where they live.”

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