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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Careers in Energy Week

WHEREAS, energy is a fundamental part of our everyday lives supporting everyday tasks such as feeding our families, commuting to work, and cooling our homes; and,

WHEREAS, energy enriches our lives with lights at the baseball field, air conditioning at the theater, and rides at the state fair; and,

WHEREAS, energy sustains modern society’s complex systems including patient care, air traffic control, and industrial processes; and,

WHEREAS, following a powerful storm and other disasters, restoring electricity to Virginia’s families and businesses is the first step to returning normalcy; and,

WHEREAS, energy generates commerce and is core to Virginia remaining competitive for new jobs and investment; and,

WHEREAS, energy-related industries create jobs for tens of thousands of Virginians ranging from line workers to engineers, customer service representatives to accountants, chemists to environmental scientists, power plant operators to energy analysts – all valued and all essential; and,

WHEREAS, energy-related industries need new workers to provide a bridge into the future, replace retiring workers, and maintain a highly skilled and talented workforce to meet the challenges of a growing economy; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia’s clean energy transition requires a cutting-edge workforce prepared for new technologies including small modular nuclear reactors, hydrogen, wind, solar, and battery storage; and,

WHEREAS, through strategic partnerships, the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium strives to promote a unified and results-oriented effort to ensure residents find rewarding careers in energy so that Virginia can continue to prosper;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 17-21, 2022 as CAREERS IN ENERGY WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.