Continuing to develop Virginia’s economy so all Virginians have the opportunity to succeed is vitally important. Our office wants every region of Virginia to achieve robust economic growth, including rural Virginia and other economically distressed areas. This prosperity will allow all companies to know that the Commonwealth of Virginia is the best place for them to grow, develop and prosper.
A top priority of this administration it to foster small businesses by expanding access to capital for start-ups and impact investing. The diligent work of our office and our resourceful agencies will continue to make sure that all Virginians have ample opportunities and that Virginia has an economy that works for everyone.
Expanding access to broadband is critical in making a Virginia which works for everyone. In the 21st Century economy, communities which lack basic access to broadband are at a major economic and educational disadvantage. This undertaking will be spearheaded by our Chief Broadband Advisor. Our office will coordinate efforts to allow all regions of the Commonwealth to get connected.
Through the usage of state and federal resources along with private investment: our office is confident we can expand broadband to many communities that are in desperate need of it.
Virginia should lead in the expansion of renewable energy, the development of offshore wind, and the promotion of energy efficiency. Through partnerships with stakeholders, we will work to increase investment in clean energy throughout the Commonwealth. Our office will work to promote solar, offshore wind, and onshore wind projects to make renewable energy a major economic driver for our state.
With an increased focus on energy efficiency, we will work with utilities, local government, and the private sector to increase access to energy efficiency programs for all citizens despite their income.
We are currently creating our 2018 Energy Plan, a strategic vision for the Commonwealth's energy policy for the next 10 years. Click here to learn more about that process.
Our economy is at its strongest when we are able to have a workforce with the skills needed to fulfill the jobs of the 21st century. A well-trained workforce is a key factor in attracting businesses into the Commonwealth. A strong workforce can be developed through the collaboration of our agencies and certification programs to prepare workers for the in-demand jobs within our economy. While working closely with our Chief Workforce Advisor Megan Healy, we plan on becoming a leading state in workforce development programs.