NVTC Outlines 2017 Legislative PrioritiesOn Jan. 4, The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) sent its 2017 Legislative Agenda to all members of the Virginia General Assembly, Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring and senior officials of the McAuliffe Administration. NVTC's 2017 Legislative Agenda advocates policies and investments that aggressively promote technology, entrepreneurship and innovation to ensure Virginia remains a top state for business and a global technology center. In the agenda, NVTC emphasizes the importance of enhancing Virginia's ability to attract companies that are seeking to expand, relocate, move corporate headquarters, or establish research operations while also supporting a comprehensive "Grow Your Own" strategy for new company formation.
Recognizing that much of the 2017 legislative session will be devoted to addressing Virginia's budget shortfall, the agenda underscores the importance of continuing to invest in programs and initiatives that will drive technology research, innovation, commercialization and high wage jobs in key areas where Virginia has existing strength and the most opportunity to compete globally. Specific areas include data analytics, cybersecurity, personalized medicine and health technologies, unmanned systems, and data storage and warehousing. In the area of workforce and education, NVTC urges legislators to support Virginia's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education pipeline, by increasing the number of STEM certifications and degrees awarded statewide, and by advancing policies that ensure Virginia businesses and universities can hire the best and brightest and that all Virginians can participate in the growing technology economy. NVTC also asks legislators to continue efforts to improve infrastructure, including broadband, transportation and energy, to support economic development and help Virginia companies compete.
Specifically, NVTC's 2017 Legislative Agenda calls for continued funding for the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the CIT GAP Funds and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). In addition, NVTC urges legislators to preserve funding for the Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute, GO Virginia, the Virginia Research, Development, and Commercialization Fund (VRDCF), and cybersecurity workforce and education investments, including the new Virginia Cyber Range
. In the areas of STEM education and workforce, NVTC's agenda calls for increasing funding for the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Fund, which focuses on the alignment of workforce training programs with the needs of business and industry; providing incentives to help attract and retain quality STEM teachers; and maintaining Virginia's Veterans employment performance grant incentive to encourage more small and mid-size businesses to hire Veterans.
Click here for a full copy of NVTC's 2017 Legislative Agenda, or here to see NVTC's legislative accomplishments during the 2016 General Assembly.
Weekly Public Policy Conference Calls
When session convenes, NVTC's members are invited to participate in weekly legislative conference calls with the NVTC advocacy team. Beginning Friday, Jan. 20, and recurring each Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. through February 24, our advocacy team will update participants on the legislative activities in Richmond. These calls offer a valuable opportunity to stay connected to what's going on in Richmond and provide advice and feedback to NVTC leaders and staff. Please send an email to Troy Murphy (email@example.com) if you would like to receive notice and call-in information for NVTC's weekly conference calls.
2017 Bill Tracking Index
NVTC will be compiling an expansive bill tracking index for select bills of interest to NVTC members. Data is provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and will be updated weekly during session.
Stay Connected with NVTC's Public Policy Team
NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the legislative session, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, ideas or suggestions:
NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi (firstname.lastname@example.org 703-268-5140)
NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy (email@example.com 703-268-5135)