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WHEREAS, computer science is one of Virginia’s highest growth industry sectors and a backbone of Virginia’s economy in all sectors and in all regions of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, to build a workforce equipped to support our Digital Dominion, we must prepare citizens for the needs of an increasingly diverse business climate by giving them the skills and credentials that are needed in a high demand technology business; and
WHEREAS, since 2013, the first year Virginia held the nation’s first official Computer Science Education Week/Hour of Code statewide kickoff event, millions of people around the Commonwealth have participated in the Hour of Code; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is the first state in the nation to adopt computer science and computational thinking, to include coding, as a core subject for all students; and
WHEREAS, this year’s Virginia Computer Science Education Week LAUNCH theme is “Mission Possible: Cybersecurity,” in recognition of Virginia’s importance to the information security industry and to safeguarding our national security; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has a long history in the field of cyber and data security; and
WHEREAS, December 9, 2018, marks the birthday of U.S. Navy Admiral Grace Hopper, another Virginia pioneer in the field of Computer Science and the person largely responsible for modern programming languages, also known as computer code; and
WHEREAS, Virginia students, especially females and minorities, will learn about the computer science field during Virginia’s celebration of Computer Science Education Week, exploring career pathways that include cybersecurity and information security; and
WHEREAS, Virginia will continue to be a leader in computer science and cybersecurity through business growth, entrepreneurship and innovation; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has the third highest concentration of technology workers of any state in the country, and is first in the nation for total number of computer science jobs, with a total income of nearly $18.7 billion for Virginians employed in these jobs; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s Information Technology industry has a direct economic output of $41.3 billion and supports $33.4 billion in additional economic output in Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize December 3-9, 2018, as NATIONAL COMPUTER SCIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.