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WHEREAS, specialized jobs in the technology sector comprise more than 10% of the Commonwealth’s total workforce, and maintains the second highest concentration of technology workers in the country; and

WHEREAS, to build a workforce equipped for the modern economy, citizens should prepare for the needs of an increasingly diverse business climate by receiving the skills and credentials that are needed in high demand by technology businesses and industry; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is working to build a better awareness of technical career pathways to meet the demands of current and future employers; and

WHEREAS, Techtober is an opportunity to teach students about the technical fields, with an emphasis on information technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia will continue to be a leader in technologies that include: information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, manufacturing technology, health technology, aerospace technology, environmental technology, cyber security, and data science; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2021 as TECHTOBER in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.