January 9, 2012Dear Delegate:
On behalf of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and our approximately 1,000 member companies, we would like to extend our warm wishes for a productive and successful legislative session.
In 2009, NVTC adopted NVTC's Four Year Vision for Virginia's Technology Future. This Four Year Vision is our technology community's long-term blueprint for policies and investments that will ensure that Virginia remains a top state for business and a global technology center, which is central to our state's continuing economic recovery, growth and stability. Virginia has since made great gains in the areas of technology and innovation, research investment, competitive economic development incentives, entrepreneurship, job creation and new company formation, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
As you and your colleagues convene for the 2012 Legislative Session, we urge you to adopt a budget and to enact policies that further advance the gains Virginia has made in building a globally branded technology business climate.
In particular, federal spending cuts underscore the importance of continuing efforts to diversify Virginia's technology economy through research, innovation and new company formation to ensure our long-term economic vitality and competitiveness. Moreover, shifting federal priorities provide Virginia with great opportunity to leverage its strengths and assets in cybersecurity, data centers, cloud-focused industries, and other growth sectors to attract new jobs and investment.
We also ask you to support the current and future workforce needs of our technology community through continued investments in STEM education and programs to leverage and enhance the skills of veterans returning to the Commonwealth. Finally, we urge you to enhance Virginia's critical infrastructure, which is vital to the growth and competitiveness of technology businesses.
Specifically, during the 2012 Legislative Session, we urge you to support the following objectives and priorities:
Strengthen Virginia's competitiveness as a preferred location for job creation, research investment, commercialization and advanced technology business startups.
In closing, the Northern Virginia technology community urges you to consider a long-term strategic view of the Commonwealth's future. Despite the funding challenges we continue to face, we see tremendous opportunity for Virginia to further distinguish itself this year as the top state for business and a global technology center.
NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session. If there is anything we can do to help you this session or any feedback we can provide, please feel free to contact NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi, NVTC Public Policy Manager Joe Vidulich or Myles Louria of Hunton Williams. Their contact information is attached.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of NVTC's 2012 legislative priorities. We look forward to working with you this session and we hope we can count on your support.