Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor Northam speaks at the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Patriot Day ceremony at the Shrine of Memory at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond on Wednesday, September 11. Earlier in the day, Governor Northam met with members of Team Red, White, and Blue as they retired a flag carried from Williamsburg to Richmond to pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and those since who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

    

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Governor Northam Announces Dr. Janice Underwood to Join Administration as Virginia’s First-Ever Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am committed to making Virginia more equitable and inclusive, and that starts with my administration and our state government,” said Governor Northam. “Dr. Underwood’s background as an educator, leader and collaborator, as well as her experience promoting inclusive policies and directing a variety of diversity initiatives, make her the perfect person to fill this role. I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Underwood to our administration, and I look forward to having her as a partner in this important work.”

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Governor Northam Announces More Than $780,000 in GO Virginia Grants to Support Regional Economic Development Initiatives

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “GO Virginia is fostering regional collaboration among business, education, and government leaders and supporting the implementation of innovative approaches to meet their workforce and economic development needs and address structural barriers that may impede regional growth,” said Governor Northam. “These grant awards will also leverage an additional $904,000 in non-state resources to assist with economic diversification throughout Virginia and build new capacity in our communities, helping to position them for long-term success.”

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First Lady Pamela Northam Visits Classrooms Across Virginia, Welcoming Students and Teachers Back to School and Highlighting the Importance of School Readiness

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This is an exciting time of year for parents, teachers, and students, but school readiness actually starts in those critical five years before kindergarten, when about 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs,” said First Lady Northam. “All Virginia children are capable of, and deserve to be, entering kindergarten with the tools they need to succeed.”

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Governor Northam Awards $7.7 Million in State Grants to Support Extended-Year and Year-Round Instructional Programs for 57 Schools in 11 School Divisions

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Extended school year programs offer more engagement, more quality instruction, and more opportunities to succeed for students who require additional or individualized attention to meet the Commonwealth’s expectations for student performance,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate all of these schools and divisions for their willingness to adopt alternative calendars as we work together to narrow and close achievement gaps and create equitable educational outcomes for all Virginia students.”

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Governor Northam Kicks Off Networking Event for Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project, Connecting DBE and SWaM Business with Contract Opportunities

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  • “Ensuring that Virginia’s minority business community has the opportunity to grow and succeed in our Commonwealth is key to creating a healthy economy and is an important part of our efforts to make Virginia more equitable and inclusive,” said Governor Northam. “The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion will have a tremendous economic impact in the region, and we want to ensure that our small businesses get a share of that.”

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