The Secretary participates in many events across the Commonwealth. Here, you can find select photos from events he's attended.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined officials from Amtrak, Norfolk Southern, CSX and state partners on the inaugural ride of a new Amtrak passenger rail service connecting Norfolk with Richmond, Washington, Philadelphia and other Eastern Coast metropolitan areas for the first time since 1977. The inaugural trip from Union Station in Washington, D.C. to Norfolk also included Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, DRPT Director Thelma Drake, Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman, Amtrak Board Chair Tom Carper, Norfolk Southern Chairman & CEO Wick Moorman, CSX Executive Vice President Ellen Fitzsimmons, and local dignitaries in celebrating the new Amtrak Virginia service to Norfolk.
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced contractual agreements with two private fuel companies, and signed a multi-state memorandum of understanding and an executive directive advancing the effort to convert Virginia's state vehicle fleet to alternative fuels. The ceremony today featured representatives from Clean Energy and Blossman Gas, private firms selected from 14 responders to a solicitation for a public-private partnership to provide alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicle conversions for Commonwealth vehicles.
The event was held in conjunction with the beginning of the Governor's Conference on Energy, held at the Richmond Convention Center Oct. 2-4.
Governor McDonnell and the Batten Institute at U.Va.'s Darden School of Business Host the Jefferson Innovation Summit as Part of the "Year of the Entrepreneur"
The eVA Mobile app provides users real-time access to business opportunities with Commonwealth of Virginia State Agencies, Universities, Colleges, Local Governments and other Virginia Public bodies. These opportunities, commonly referred to as "solicitations," are publicly posted on eVA, Virginia's innovative e-Procurement system.
Governor McDonnell signed two pieces of legislation to support Virginia craft brewers at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. House Bill 359 (McClellan) allows manufacturers to lease space in their brewhouses to smaller-scale brewers and Senate Bill 604 (McWaters) allows retail sales of beer and sampling on the premises of Virginia breweries. The governor was joined by legislators, brewers from around the state, distributors, representatives from the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, representatives from the Virginia Manufacturers Association, commissioner of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Neal Insley, and representatives from the Virginia Tourism Commission. After the bill signing the governor helped unveil a new logo for craft beer from the Virginia Tourism Commission "Virginia is for craft beer Lovers." Virginia currently has 44 licensed breweries.
Governor Bob McDonnell announced the unveiling of a new Virginia wine region sign program aimed at attracting more visitors to Virginia wineries. The signs will announce to travelers on selected primary and secondary roads that they have entered a particular Virginia American Viticultural Area (AVA) or wine region.
The first sign was unveiled in the Monticello AVA at King Family Vineyards in Crozet by First Lady Maureen McDonnell, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Interim Virginia Tourism Corporation Director Rita McClenny, and David King, co-owner of King Family Vineyards and a member of the Virginia Wine Board. As one of Virginia's oldest AVA's, Monticello is now home to 40 wineries.
Governor McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell held a Virginia tourism, wine, food and film reception for industry professionals New York City. The event was hosted by Donald and Eric Trump at Trump Towers. More than 200 wine news and travel journalists, wine trade representatives, tour planners business contacts, film makers and film trade professionals were in attendance. Governor and Mrs. McDonnell spoke about the recent growth in the Virginia wine industry, top quality “Virginia’s Finest” products, the filming of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in Virginia and Virginia as a top travel destination.
(Photos courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation)
Governor McDonnell, First Lady Maureen McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bolling Cut the Ribbon for Grand Opening of Williamsburg Pottery
Governor McDonnell holds a “Year of the Entrepreneur” Veteran-Entrepreneur Roundtable. The governor and Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Terrie Suit joined student veterans, veteran-entrepreneurs and leaders in the military community for a discussion on entrepreneurship in Virginia and the needs of established and future entrepreneurs in the veteran community.
Photos provided by Photographer: Chuck Thomas, Old Dominion University
During a visit to James River Air Conditioning, Inc. in Richmond, Governor Bob McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling highlighted jobs and economic development successes in the Commonwealth over the last two years. The visit coincided with the release of the most recent federal employment data, which showed Virginia's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia since January 2009; it is down from 6.2 percent in December 2011.
Governor Bob McDonnell joins Richmond community leaders to unveil the Foursquare city badge for the City of Richmond. Foursquare is a location-based social networking application for mobile devices that encourages users to explore a city and “check in” to receive discounts and tips for managing experiences at new locations. Points are awarded for visiting a new venue and badges for check-ins at various locations. With a growing community, Foursquare claimed 15 million users worldwide as of January 2012.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined Dominion chairman, president and chief executive officer Thomas F. Farrell II, local Brunswick County officials and legislators from the region as the company announced today that its Dominion Virginia Power subsidiary will propose building a $1.1 billion combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Brunswick County that will generate electricity for customers by the summer of 2016. 600 jobs would be created during construction and the project would create 30 permanent positions after construction.
Governor McDonnell Addresses Chamber Day at the Capitol
Governor Bob McDonnell announces his “The Greatest Opportunity: Jobs and Economic Development Legislative Agenda” for the 2012 General Assembly session. This year’s agenda builds on the aggressive job creation and economic development measures that passed the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support during the 2010 and 2011 sessions.
Smithfield Specialty Food Group is the gourmet products division of Smithfield Foods. The company is home of The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg and produces and sells genuine Smithfield Ham.
The Virginia Diner, located in Wakefield, started as a restaurant in 1929. The restaurant remains a tourist icon on Route 460. The Virginia Diner is also known as a producer and marketer of premium Virginia peanuts.
(photos: Pierre Courtois)
In November 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell and a team of Virginia economic development officials embarked on an 11-day job creation and economic development marketing mission that took the group to Israel and India before concluding on November 21st. The marketing mission provided the governor and other state officials a unique opportunity to strengthen Virginia's relationship with foreign companies that already have a Virginia presence and to share Virginia's story with prospective corporate investors and importers.
Governor Bob McDonnell, Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd and renowned producer Kathleen Kennedy highlighted the economic benefits of film production in Virginia during a midday press conference in Richmond at In Your Ear Studios. The press conference followed a visit by the Governor and Dodd to the set of the new Steven Spielberg film "LINCOLN," of which Kennedy is a producer. The movie is currently filming scenes at Virginia's historic State Capitol.
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, will establish a production and distribution facility in Isle of Wight County. The company will invest $180 million over the initial five-years of the facility's operations. GMCR has agreed to purchase a 330,000-square-foot building on a 64 acre parcel of land in Isle of Wight County, where it expects to house coffee roasting, grinding, flavoring, and packaging of its single-serve portion packs for its Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System. Within five years, it is estimated the new facility will have as many as 800 employees.
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Representatives from the Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association delivered Virginia Grown pumpkins to Governor McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell. For more information on where to find Virginia Grown pumpkins visit http://www.virginiagrown.com.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined managers and employees at Henrico-based Snagajob, a leading provider of hourly workforce solutions, to celebrate the company being named the No. 1 small company to work for in America on the Great Place to Work annual ranking released today.
Governor McDonnell Visits Commercial Space Authority Launch Pad at Wallops Island.
(photographer: Terry Zaperach)
Governor McDonnell Hosts Governor’s Small Business Summit
Governor McDonnell Cuts the Ribbon for Northrop Grumman Corporate Headquarters
Governor Bob McDonnell will join Google officials in Manassas to help launch “Virginia Get Your Business Online,” an easy and fast way for Virginia businesses to get a website. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offerings for free including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year. Participating Virginia businesses also receive a local business listing on Google Places and free tools, training and resources to succeed online.
Perdue Agribusiness, Incorporated, which owns and operates a major deep-water export terminal for grains and oilseeds in Chesapeake, has reached agreements to begin exporting soybeans to China's Dandong Port Group Co. and its affiliate Dandong Pasite Grain and Oilseed Co. Ltd. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to commemorate their new business relationship and to explore future business opportunities in addition to soybean exports. The contracts and MOU were signed this week in Richmond during meetings hosted by Governor McDonnell. The relationship between Dandong and Perdue Agribusiness was facilitated as a result of the Governor's trade and economic development mission to Asia earlier this year. View Release
Photographer: Christy Morton
Governor McDonnell interviewed with Scott Kohn of CNBC to discuss Virginia’s “Top State for Business” ranking. The Commonwealth achieved the highest point total in the history of the CNBC study. The interview took place at Mount Vernon.
Governor McDonnell Signs Port Tax Credit Legislation to Spur Economic Growth and Job Creation at Port of Virginia
Governor McDonnell Ceremonially Signs Second Part of Legislative Economic Development Package
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Cadence, Inc., a manufacturer of cutting and piercing instruments for industrial, medical, and life science applications, will invest $15.9 million to expand its operation in the City of Staunton and create 65 new jobs within three years. Virginia successfully competed against Costa Rica for the project.
Governor McDonnell Presides Over the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony.
Photos: Zef Nikolla
Governor Bob McDonnell dedicates the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Facility in Prince George. As part of the dedication ceremony, the Governor cut the first chip in the disc manufacturing machine.
Governor McDonnell Cuts the Ribbon for J.Crew Expansion as part of “Virginia at Work!” Tour
Governor Bob McDonnell continued his “Virginia at Work!” tour today at the groundbreaking for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Disputanta. The statewide “Virginia at Work!” tour schedule can be found here.
Governor McDonnell Attends Ribbon Cutting for Thomas Johnson Furniture
Governor McDonnell Attends Ribbon Cutting for Phoenix Packaging
Governor Bob McDonnell unveiled a new Virginia is for Lovers television commercial today which is slated to run in eight out-of-state media markets starting in March. Virginia's new tourism commercial, geared toward family travelers, features experiences found across the state from beaches to history to amusement parks and outdoor recreation.
Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Norfolk Southern Railway Company is acquiring 1,500 new railcars from Chicago-based FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL). The high-capacity coal cars will be manufactured at FreightCar America's facility in Roanoke beginning in May of 2011. The order will result in approximately 200 jobs.
Governor McDonnell Participates in Opening of Gamesa North American Offshore Wind Technology Center
Governor McDonnell Addresses Virginia Chamber of Commerce Chamber Day at the Capitol.
Governor McDonnell meets with Virginia business leaders.
Governor McDonnell Attends Ground Breaking of Williamsburg Pottery.
Governor McDonnell Addresses Virginia Conference on World Trade.
Governor McDonnell Attends JTI Leaf Services Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Governor McDonnell Speaks at Second Full Meeting of Governors Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation.
A day prior to the 6-month mark of the McDonnell Administration, Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Bob Sledd, the Governor's Senior Economic Advisor, held a morning press briefing to discuss the aggressive work underway to bring new job-creating businesses to the Commonwealth, help existing businesses expand and grow Virginia's economy.
Governor-elect McDonnell gets sworn in as the 71st Governor on the steps of the Capitol in Richmond, VA.