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WHEREAS, Virginia is America’s ‘Top State for Business’ and telework is a business-friendly strategy that promotes workforce performance, encourages work-life balance, and improves morale, retention, and productivity of employees; and
WHEREAS, businesses offering a telework program expand the pool of prospective employee candidates in a competitive and challenging job market; and
WHEREAS, telework helps alleviate traffic congestion, reduces our consumption of fuel, and improves air quality; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, provides financial incentives and free in-person consultations for new or expanded telework programs to businesses in the immediate areas affected by the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project; and
WHEREAS, DRPT’s Telework!VA program provides free consultant services to businesses in all areas of Virginia, as well as a one-stop online resource (teleworkva.org) for businesses and workers looking to learn more about telework; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s businesses are encouraged to allow qualifying employees to telework at least one day during Telework Week and enjoy the benefits of reduced travel congestion, enhanced work-life balance, and continued economic development;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2-6, 2020, as TELEWORK WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.