Initiatives

Economic Development

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.

Broadband

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.

Energy

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.

Workforce Development

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.

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Governor Northam Announces Recipient of 2018 Governor’s Award for Excellence in International Trade
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that PBE Group of North Tazewell, Virginia is the recipient of the 2018 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Award for Excellence in International Trade. The Governor presented the award at the 70th Annual Virginia Conference on World Trade, held in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Selected for Rocket Lab’s First Launch Site and Integration Facility on U.S. Soil
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Rocket Lab, a California-based company, has chosen Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport as the location for Launch Complex-2 (LC-2), Rocket Lab’s first launch facility located in the United States.
Governor Northam Announces 65 New Jobs in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BGF Industries, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-performance technical fiber materials for global markets, will invest $7 million to relocate its corporate headquarters and R&D operation from Greensboro, North Carolina to the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The company will initially construct a 25,000-square-foot facility in 2019 in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority-owned Cyber Park for its headquarters and research and development facility.
Governor Northam Announces 75 New Jobs in Franklin County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Empire Bakery Commissary, LLC, a commercial producer of ready-made cakes, cookies, and single-serve desserts, will invest $10.4 million to expand its facility in the Town of Rocky Mount in Franklin County. Virginia successfully competed against Utah, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma for this investment opportunity, which will create 75 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive Over $3.4 Million in Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will receive two grants totaling $3,417,315 from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program. The grants will go to LENOWISCO Planning District Commission and Virginia Community Capital, Inc. to expand and diversify the economy in Virginia’s coal-impacted communities.
Governor Northam Announces International Visitation to Virginia Outpaces National Rate
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s international visitation reached 1.1 million in 2017, with overseas visitors spending nearly $2 billion. Virginia welcomed 2.7 percent more international visitors in 2017 than 2016, surpassing the United States growth rate of 1.3 percent, based on data from Tourism Economics, while visitor spending soared from $1.7 billion to a record-breaking $1.9 billion. Overseas visitation to Virginia grew at an even faster rate—6.9 percent for the Commonwealth compared to 3.2 percent for the United States.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Conservation Cabinet
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Twenty Two, establishing the Governor’s Conservation Cabinet, a new initiative to better protect Virginia’s vulnerable natural resources and improve environmental quality across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces $4.5 Million in Vibrant Community Initiative Funding for Albemarle and Middlesex Counties
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $4.5 million in Vibrant Community Initiative (VCI) funding for housing and community development projects in Albemarle and Middlesex counties.
Governor Northam Announces Leading Peanut Processor to Expand Production in Southampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Hampton Farms, a division of Severn Peanut Company, Inc., will invest $5.735 million to install a bulk peanut butter production line at its peanut processing operation in Southampton County. As a result of this expansion, the company will create 14 new jobs and increase its already significant purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by an additional $6 million, or 12 million pounds over the next three years.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by Southampton County Peanut Processor
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, Inc. will invest over $2.5 million to build a new peanut processing, warehousing, and retail facility prominently located along Highway 58. As a result of this expansion, Belmont Peanuts will create fifteen new jobs, grow their purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by 30 percent and create a new tourism destination for Southampton County.
Governor Northam Announces Facebook to Invest $750 Million in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Facebook will invest an additional $750 million to expand its data center in Henrico County. This investment is in addition to the $1 billion investment in Henrico County that Facebook announced last year. The company will construct three new 500,000 square-foot buildings, bringing the planned total square footage to over 2.4 million square feet.
Governor Northam Announces WestRock to Upgrade Covington and Alleghany County Operations
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will invest $248.4 million in its manufacturing operations in the City of Covington and Alleghany County over a five-year period. These investments will be used to purchase new equipment designed to improve productivity at the paper mill and extruding facility, as well as to increase employee training.
Governor Northam Welcomes Cathay Pacific to Dulles International Airport
Today, representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia welcomed officials from Cathay Pacific Airways to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in celebration of the carrier’s inaugural flight to Virginia from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the launch of the longest nonstop air route between Hong Kong and the Capital Region.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.0%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point in August to 3.0 percent and was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago. August’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent is the lowest rate since the July 2007 rate of 3.0 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Production of Feature Film "Harriet" in Virginia
Governor Northam announced today that the Focus Features production, "Harriet," will film in Central Virginia this fall. It will be the first feature-length film to tell the story of heroic abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.
Governor Northam Announces Over $10.9 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funding
Governor Ralph Northam announced today more than $10.9 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Halifax, Lee, Northumberland, and Washington, and the city of Salem and the towns of Blackstone, Chase City, Lebanon, Luray, Marion, Pocahontas, and Smithfield.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion by Henry County Farm Brewery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Valley Brewing will invest $174,000 and create five new jobs to more than double production, sourcing over 65 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers.
Governor Northam Announces Major Investment in Micron’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Facility in Manassas
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) will invest $3 billion to increase memory production at its operation in the City of Manassas, creating 1,100 new jobs by 2030. Virginia successfully secured Micron’s commitment after the company considered multiple other locations around the world. The expansion will position the Manassas site as Micron’s Center of Excellence for long-lifecycle memory and will cement the company’s position as one of Virginia’s largest exporters, as it is expected to increase exports from the Commonwealth by more than $1 billion annually after completion.
Governor Northam Announces $10 Million Economic Development Grant Program for Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a $10 million economic development grant program for Southwest Virginia. The grants are part of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program and will be used for projects that are designed to both reclaim abandoned mine lands and boost the Southwest Virginia economy.
Governor Northam Announces 200 New Jobs in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that WillowTree, Inc., a mobile applications developer, will invest $12.3 million to relocate and expand its headquarters in Albemarle County. The company will renovate and lease 50,000 square feet in the former Woolen Mills factory. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 200 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by Fairfax County Winery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Winery at Bull Run will invest $1.7 million, create 38 new jobs, and double production of its award-winning wines, which are made using only Virginia-grown grapes. The winery, which opened in 2012 on 225 acres adjacent to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, also produces grapes on site and at its 40-acre vineyard in Rappahannock County.
Governor Northam Welcomes Primera Air to Dulles International Airport
Today, Governor Ralph Northam welcomed representatives from Primera Air to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in celebration of the carrier’s inaugural flight to Virginia from London Stanstead Airport (STN). The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the launch of the first low-cost, transatlantic service between London and the Capital Region.
Governor Northam Announces 129 New Jobs in the City of Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Ocean Network Express, a global transport company, will invest $2.5 million to expand its North American Regional Headquarters office to accommodate additional personnel as its customer base increases. The project will create 129 new jobs.
Governor Northam Unveils Newest LOVEwork in Giles County
Today, Governor Ralph Northam unveiled the newest LOVEwork on Main Street in Pearisburg. The Governor was joined by Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation, members of the Giles County School Board, project leaders, and Giles County students who helped to build the new LOVEwork. There are currently more than 100 LOVE artworks across Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MAG Aerospace, the leading independent provider of manned/unmanned full-spectrum outsourced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) services, will invest $5.5 million to relocate and expand its corporate headquarters in Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New Jobs in Washington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that AFL, an industry leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity, and accessories, will invest $1.3 million to purchase new machinery and add additional lines at its manufacturing operation in the Bristol-Washington County Industrial Park in Washington County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2007
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in July to 3.1 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, of 3.1 percent, is the lowest rate since the August 2007 rate of 3.1 percent. In July, the labor force expanded by 7,790, which was the sixth consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,356,623, set a new record high. Household employment increased by 12,146, which was the seventh consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,223,275, also set a new record high. The number of unemployed continued to drop, declining by 4,356 to 133,348. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was down 0.1 percentage point in July to 3.9 percent.
Governor Northam Announces Public-Private Marketing Grants to Support 57 Local Tourism Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds. This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $4 million to match the VTC grants, providing more than $4.9 million in new marketing funds to increase travel to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact at least 232 other statewide tourism entities.
Governor Northam Announces Over $4.2 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500. Key members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly and the business community approved the GO Virginia regional per capita and competitive grants for projects across the Commonwealth. These grants are for projects each region identified as vital to their efforts to diversify the regional economy, strengthen their workforce and support collaborative programs between localities, public entities and private businesses.
Governor Northam Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) will make a multi-million dollar investment in new machinery at its manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The company will purchase new 10-and 20-ton overhead cranes, a new paint booth, a washer/deburrer, an automatic storage retrieval system, and new assembly workstations. Sumitomo recently built a new 72,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its former Mill Place Commerce Park location that will serve as SMA’s new Gearbox Center of Excellence.
Governor Northam Announces $41.6 Million Investment, 88 New Jobs in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that InterChange Cold Storage, LLC will create 88 new jobs and invest $41.6 million in Rockingham County to build a 250,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage and blast freezing facility. The company, owned by Rockingham County-based third-party logistics provider InterChange Group, Inc., will provide cold-chain warehousing and value-added services to the region’s food and beverage manufacturers.
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that averhealth, a health care company with nationwide substance use disorder treatment centers, will invest $325,000 to expand its headquarters in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed against Kansas and North Carolina for the project, which will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces $180,000 in Community Business Launch Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $180,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards for five communities in Virginia. The cities of Danville, Galax and Suffolk, as well as a joint partnership between the city of Covington and the town of Clifton Forge, will receive CBL funding to provide training to entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions that align with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts.
Governor Northam Announces 30 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that NIBCO INC., a manufacturer of wrot copper fittings for the flow control industry, will invest $14 million to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company is investing in its infrastructure, adding new equipment and updating technology, training programs, and new product development. The project will create 30 new jobs, and 117 existing employees will be retrained on the new technology.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Demonstration Project
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dominion Energy is filing for State Corporation Commission (SCC) approval to proceed with construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project. Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build the demonstration project, consisting of two six-megawatt wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
Governor Northam Announces $172,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants
Governor Northam announced today $172,000 in Virginia Main Street grants, including $132,000 awarded for seven projects in the towns of Abingdon and South Boston, and the cities of Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Winchester.
Governor Northam Announces Southwest Virginia’s First Cidery Locating in Downtown Norton
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sugar Hill Cidery, LLC will locate a new hard cider production facility and restaurant in the city of Norton’s revitalizing downtown. The cidery is a sister company of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant operating in downtown St. Paul.
Governor Northam Announces Over $1.4 Million in Industrial Revitalization Fund Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $1,440,000 in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) awards for Middlesex County and the cities of Newport News and Norton. The IRF program provides gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities.
Governor Northam Announces 212 New Jobs in Henry County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Press Glass, the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County. Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county’s Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 212 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 135 New Jobs in City of Manassas
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Aurora Flight Sciences, a pioneer in unmanned aircraft and autonomous flight, will invest more than $13.75 million to expand its operation in the City of Manassas. The company, which was acquired by The Boeing Company in 2017 and is headquartered in Manassas, plans to build a robotics and integration facility that will consist of a manufacturing unit, a research and development lab, a hangar, and office space. The project will create 135 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Cascades’ Project to Invest $275 Million in Hanover County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a Canadian leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and paper tissue products, plan to invest $275 million to establish a lightweight recycled containerboard operation in the former Bear Island Paper Mill in Hanover County. The project will create 140 new jobs.
Virginia Selects Globally Recognized Team to Support Offshore Wind Industry Development
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has selected BVG Associates to help develop strategies to strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry to the Commonwealth. The firm’s work will build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the Commonwealth’s port assets and maritime workforce.
Governor Northam Announces Speyside Bourbon Cooperage to Establish Operations in Smyth and Washington Counties
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. will invest $26 million to establish a bourbon barrel cooperage in Smyth County and $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County. The stave mill will supply the company’s new Smyth County cooperage, and the two operations will ramp up simultaneously. Virginia successfully competed against West Virginia for the projects, which will create 125 new jobs in Smyth County and 35 new jobs in Washington County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 3.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in June at 3.2 percent, but was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces Blue Ridge Optics to Invest in New Product Line in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Blue Ridge Optics, an industry leader in the fabrication, polishing and coating of optical components, will invest $750,000 to develop a new product line in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County.
Governor Northam Announces New UK Distribution Partnership for Virginia Craft Brewery
LONDON—During a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new UK distribution partnership for Port City Brewing Company, resulting in new international sales for the Alexandria brewery. The partnership with American Craft Beer Company, a UK-based representative of craft breweries from the United States, will bring Port City beer to the United Kingdom for the first time.
Governor Northam Announces 45 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Excivity, a developer of custom software and hardware technologies, will invest approximately $392,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County. The company will add 7,000 square feet of office space to support its growing technology development business line, as well as additional software developers, quality assurance specialists, and DevOps gurus. The project will create 45 new jobs.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Europe
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to Europe from July 15–20, 2018. The Governor will be accompanied by First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, as well as representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Governor Northam Announces Over $3.6 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $3.6 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for seven projects across Virginia. The seven funded projects will create or preserve 287 affordable housing units, targeting low-income and very low-income Virginians.
Governor Northam Announces $6.5 Million Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Smyth Companies, a leader in the printing and packaging industry, has invested $6.5 million in new equipment at its printing operation in the Town of Bedford in Bedford County.
Governor Northam Announces SAIC to Create 75 New Jobs in Richmond, Retain Over 400 Employees Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 75 new information technology (IT) jobs in downtown Richmond and retain over 400 jobs in existing locations across the Commonwealth.
CNBC Ranks Virginia as Fourth Top State in Nation for Business
Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement celebrating CNBC’s upgraded ranking of Virginia as the fourth top state in the nation for doing business. CNBC ranked the Commonwealth as the seventh best state in 2017.
Governor Northam Announces Auxiliary Systems Inc. to Expand in the City of Norfolk
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Auxiliary Systems Inc., an auxiliary system manufacturer for commercial and government clients in the marine industry, will invest $220,000 to upgrade its water jet cutting machine in the City of Norfolk. Sixty-five of the company’s existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs, $3.76 Million Investment in Scott County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Top Timber Products, LLC will invest $3.76 million into a long-abandoned industrial building in the Town of Dungannon. The project will expand the company’s wood chipping operations and add a new sawmill and dry kiln capacity.
Governor Northam Announces New Meadery in the City of Hopewell
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Haley’s Honey Meadery, LLC, a producer of honey wine, is opening a new Virginia farm winery licensed facility in the City of Hopewell’s revitalizing downtown. Over the next three years, the project will create four new jobs, bring an additional $85,000 in new investment to a renovated historic commercial building, and purchase almost $120,000 in Virginia-sourced honey.
Governor Northam Announces IMS Gear to Invest $1.05 Million in the City of Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that IMS Gear, a German-based manufacturer of automotive equipment, will invest $1.05 million to upgrade its CNC cutting machine in the City of Virginia Beach. The company’s 115 existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).
Governor Northam Announces “Build Virginia” to Bolster Workforce Development System Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the Commonwealth with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades.
Governor Northam Announces Partnership to Promote Hiring at Newport News Shipbuilding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia is initiating a unique partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to support a major hiring initiative. Newport News Shipbuilding anticipates hiring almost 7,000 people, including the creation of 2,000 new jobs, in the City of Newport News over the next five years.
Governor Northam Announces 190 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dominion Outsourcing LLC, a provider of outsourced services for the healthcare industry, will invest $370,000 to expand its client engagement center in Henrico County. The project will create 190 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Opening of Weekly Farmers Market on Capitol Square
Governor Northam announced today the opening of a weekly farmers market on Capitol Square as part of the OnTheSquareVA state employee engagement initiative.
Governor Northam Announces Magnets USA to Invest $1.5 Million in Roanoke County Operation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Magnets USA, a manufacturer of primarily magnetic and paper promotional products, will invest $1.5 million in its operation in Roanoke County. The company has already purchased state-of-the-art equipment to increase capacity, including a digital press, laser engraver, and a customized enterprise resource planning system that will replace all of its current processes.
Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that ComSonics, Inc., a world-class design, manufacturing, sales, and repair solutions provider for electronics and fiber optics, will invest $615,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Augusta County.
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.2%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.2 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces 240 New Jobs in Loudoun County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Discovery, Inc., an American media company and a worldwide leader in real life entertainment, intends to invest $16 million to expand its global technology and operations hub in Loudoun County.
Governor Northam Announces Over $579,000 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $579,472.
"Wonder Woman 1984" to Film in Northern Virginia
Governor Northam announced today that the follow-up to Warner Bros. Pictures and DC’s hugely successful "Wonder Woman," titled "Wonder Woman 1984," will film for several weeks in the Alexandria area this summer.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs 2018–2020 Biennial Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today signed two bills that fund state government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and all of Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. The budget Governor Northam signed increases health care access for up to 400,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid and makes significant investments in core economic priorities like education, workforce training, mental health services, and pay raises for teachers as well as state and state-supported local employees, including law enforcement professionals.
Governor Northam Announces FY2018 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awards
Governor Ralph Northam announced today nearly $2.7 million in funding in support of 34 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards. The projects represent exciting advancements in six industries: biosciences and medical technologies, cyber security, clean energy, water quality, data analytics and unmanned systems.
Governor Northam Announces Recipients of 2018 Governor’s Awards for Public Service
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Public Service Awards during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion. The awards honor state employees in seven categories who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs in the City of Covington
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SchaeferRolls, Inc., a producer of polymer-based roll covers and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, will invest $12 million to establish a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in the City of Covington.
Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs, Nearly $1 Million Investment in Northampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that New Ravenna, a designer and manufacturer of tiles for custom residential and commercial installations, will invest more than $900,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Northampton County. The project will create 31 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Critical Aid Awarded to City of Lynchburg for Tornado Damage
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s request for financial assistance to aid citizens impacted by the April 15 tornadoes in the City of Lynchburg has been approved, making low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) available to help residents and business owners rebuild from storm damage.
Governor Northam Announces 18 New Jobs in Hanover County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Delta Pure Filtration, LLC, a manufacturer of cartridge filters and systems for water and various process fluids, will invest $2 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Hanover County.
Governor Northam Announces $2.45 Million Expansion, 60 New Jobs in Orange County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Homestead Building Systems, Inc. will invest $2,450,000 to expand its production operation and create 60 new jobs in Orange County.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New Jobs in Augusta County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Provides US, Inc., a manufacturer of heat exchangers, will invest $897,000 to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company has secured 50,000 square feet of additional production space, and will install new equipment to meet increased demand. The project will create 20 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Federal Designation of 212 Qualified Opportunity Zones
Governor Northam today announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury has officially designated 212 Virginia Qualified Opportunity Zones. Governor Northam submitted 212 nominations in April, which represented the maximum number of zones the Governor was able to nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Issues a Request for Proposals to Support Offshore Wind Industry Development
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has posted a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified contractors to help deploy strategies that will strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry to the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Reports Virginia Tourism Revenues Reached $25 Billion in 2017
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s tourism revenues reached $25 billion in 2017, a 4.4 percent increase over 2016.
Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The College Board, a non-profit organization formed in 1900 to broaden access to higher education, will grow its operation in Fairfax County, expanding into an additional 74,000 square feet in Reston Town Center.
Governor Northam Announces 141 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that TemperPack, a Richmond-headquartered manufacturer of sustainable thermal insulation for the shipment of perishable goods, will invest $10.4 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate in Over a Decade
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in April to 3.3 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces SAIC to Open VITA Service Center in Dickenson County, Creating 40 New Information Technology Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 40 information technology (IT) service desk jobs...
Governor Northam Announces Launch of the 2019 Commemoration’s Virginia History Trails Mobile Application
Today, Governor Ralph Northam joined the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™ in announcing the launch of the Virginia History Trails mobile application.
Governor Northam Designates May 6 – 12 as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12, 2018 as Public Service Week in Virginia to celebrate the commitment and dedication of 713,000 individuals who serve the Commonwealth in federal, state and local jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces 69 New Jobs in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CoConstruct, a web-based project management system for custom home builders and remodelers, will invest $485,000 to expand its IT operation in Albemarle County.
Governor Northam Announces Arconic to Relocate Global Headquarters to Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC), a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing leader, will relocate its global headquarters from New York City to Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces Agribusiness Expansion, New Jobs in Gloucester County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Whitley Peanut Factory, Inc., a Virginia’s Finest Company since 1992, will invest nearly $530,000 to expand its operation in Gloucester County.
Governor Northam Opens First Virginia Career Works Center in Roanoke
Governor Ralph Northam today attended the grand opening of the inaugural Virginia Career Works center, located in the City of Roanoke.
Governor Northam Announces Nine New Jobs in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Central Virginia Manufacturing (CVM), a sheet metal fabricator, will invest $300,000 to expand its operation in Bedford County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in March to 3.4 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones
Governor Northam today announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Governor Northam Announces 15 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake
Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a professional engineering and technical services operation, is investing $100,000 to expand its IT and cybersecurity operation in the City of Chesapeake...
Governor Northam Announces 15 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake
Today Governor Ralph Northam announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a professional engineering and technical services operation, is investing $100,000 to expand its IT and cybersecurity operation in the City of Chesapeake...
Governor Northam Announces 600 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Appian (Nasdaq: APPN), a leading low-code and business process management platform provider, will invest $28.4 million to expand its headquarters operation in Fairfax County.
Governor Northam Announces Gerber to Relocate U.S. Headquarters to Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Gerber Products Company, a leader in early childhood nutrition and subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will invest $5 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to the new U.S. corporate headquarters
Governor Northam to Throw First Pitch at Richmond Flying Squirrels’ Home Opener
Governor Ralph Northam will throw out tonight’s first pitch at the home opener for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Governor Northam Announces 51 New Jobs in Henrico County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that UDig, a consulting firm that develops technology business solutions, has invested $1.6 million to expand its IT headquarters operation in Henrico County.
Governor Northam Announces Creation of the Virginia Founders Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the creation of the Virginia Founders Fund, a new seed-stage fund that increases access to venture capital in Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $1.1 Million in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced five regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $1,115,300.
Governor Northam Announces Mohawk Industries to Expand in Carroll County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mohawk Industries, the leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial flooring products, will purchase new equipment and expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.5 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. February’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in the City of Lynchburg
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tessy Plastics, a premier molder of custom injection molded plastic components, will invest $9.2 million to expand its manufacturing operation to accommodate a new product line in the City of Lynchburg.
Governor Northam Announces 27 New Jobs in Arlington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BioInformatics Inc., a provider of critical market intelligence to major suppliers serving the life science, analytical instrument, and clinical diagnostic markets, will invest $175,000 to expand in
Governor Northam Announces 12 New Jobs in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that KMR Aviation Services Inc., an aviation management company, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Bedford County. The company will purchase its 7,200-square-foot leased facility and add a new
Governor Northam Announces February 2018 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 10.9% from the Previous Year; Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 6.2%
Governor Northam announced today that, although February is not a significant month for collections, revenue increased 10.9 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.2 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4
Governor Northam Announces Virginia as Recipient of Smart Cities Grant
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia was been selected as a recipient of a 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant. The grant program, administered by the Smart Cities Council, sought applications from across North America and selected
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.6%
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged again in January at 3.6 percent, but was down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has
Governor Northam Announces 300 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, has renewed its headquarters lease at 1850 Towers Crescent Plaza in Fairfax County
Governor Northam Announces 79 New Jobs in Lee County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that England Furniture, a manufacturer of quality upholstered furniture, will establish a manufacturing operation in Lee County at the 32,000-square-foot Lee County Industrial Building. The project will create
Governor Northam Announces 56 Local Tourism Programs to Receive Public-Private Marketing Funds to Bolster Growth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $840,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 56 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to
Governor Northam Announces 70 New Jobs in Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Panaceutics, a manufacturer of personalized medicine and nutrition solutions, will invest $5.8 million to establish a research and development and high-tech manufacturing facility in the Ringgold East
Governor Northam Announces $4.85 Million Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Innovairre Communications, LLC, a global manufacturer of direct mail fundraising campaign materials for the nonprofit community, will invest $4.85 million to add state-of-the-art digital printing equipment
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces More Than $6.5 Million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $6.5 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans for ten projects in ten localities across the Commonwealth. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation
Governor Northam Announces $1 Million Investment in Pittsylvania County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc. (EPM), a custom plywood manufacturer, will invest $1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County. EPM will move to a 55,000-square-foot facility
Governor Northam Announces 60 New Jobs in Giles County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cogar Manufacturing, a manufacturer of material handling equipment primarily for the natural resource industries, will invest $2.5 million to relocate its manufacturing operation from Beckley, West
Governor Northam Announces $2,618,150 in GO Virginia Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced nine regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia). Key members of the Governor’s Cabinet, the General Assembly, and the business community approved $2,618,150 in GO
Governor Northam Announces Homeland Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios Slated to Have Record Impact on Virginia’s Economy
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME drama Homeland, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, is on track to produce an estimated $45 million in direct spending in the Commonwealth, representing the largest
Governor Northam Announces Becker Global-America to Invest in New Equipment in Washington County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Becker Global-America, a designer and manufacturer of custom electrical equipment for mining, industrial military, and export markets, will invest $150,000 to purchase new equipment and diversify its
Governor Northam Announces $4.8 Million Investment in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lighthouse Instruments, a world leader in laser test and measurement systems for pharmaceutical process monitoring, will invest $4.8 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Albemarle County. The
Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 3.7 %
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 3.7 percent, but was down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to
Governor Northam Announces Northern Virginia Selected as One of 20 Contenders for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has selected Northern Virginia as a candidate for its second North American headquarters. In September, the e-commerce giant released a public request for proposal seeking a
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Companies Increase International Sales through Commonwealth’s Premier Exporting Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 13 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, touting impressive results as they successfully exported products and services overseas.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced at Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax key appointments within the Commerce and Trade secretariat and his plans for restructuring the Technology secretariat.