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TechPAC: Your Questions Answered by Chairman Dendy Young

Why Should I Care about TechPAC?

Virginia policymakers make hundreds of decisions each year that can seriously impact our businesses, our employees and our community at large. Decisions related to public investments and services, taxation and regulation directly or indirectly impact our competitiveness and our bottom lines. TechPAC supports the interests of the technology industry in Richmond and the future viability of our businesses.

What is a PAC?

"PAC" stands for "political action committee." PACs enable individuals and companies with common interests to raise funds and support candidates for public office. Across all industries, major lobbying groups have long recognized that a single, strong, unified political voice is substantially more effective than a multitude of voices.

What is TechPAC?

TechPAC is your PAC. TechPAC is a key benefit of membership that complements the comprehensive, valuable array of programs, policy advocacy and business services NVTC offers to bolster the success of our member companies, to strengthen the technology industry in Northern Virginia and to positively impact the economic growth of the region. TechPAC allows NVTC members to combine our financial resources to support Virginia General Assembly candidates and candidates for statewide office who champion issues of importance to our technology business community. By pooling our resources, NVTC can have a stronger voice and bigger impact—and better protect and enhance our industry's and our members' professional interests.

Who runs TechPAC?

TechPAC is administered by a 25 member Board of Trustees composed of top executives from NVTC member companies.

Why did NVTC Create TechPAC?

The NVTC Board of Directors approved the formation of TechPAC in 2001 to enable Northern Virginia technology businesses to speak as a community in collectively supporting strong pro-technology, pro-business candidates for office.

How Does TechPAC Make Decisions?

All TechPAC decisions are based on the NVTC's Legislative Agenda and policy priorities. The TechPAC Board of Trustees evaluates candidates based on their positions on issues that impact technology businesses and their voting record. We try to personally interview as many candidates as we can in a given election cycle. The TechPAC Board formally votes on all decisions.

As Chairman, What Are Your Goals for TechPAC?

Although we made tremendous strides last year, we need TechPAC to be bigger and stronger with greater NVTC member participation. A PAC can only be as powerful as the involvement of its members. Our long-term goal is to become the top business PAC in the Commonwealth. We need your help. Get involved in NVTC's Public Policy Steering Committee, learn about the issues and policy decisions that are impacting your business, and join the growing list of NVTC members who are contributing to the financial strength of TechPAC. Please get involved!

Paid for and authorized by TechPAC.

How Can I Get Involved in TechPAC?

Come to the next event! Make a contribution today! Contact NVTC Vice President for Policy Josh Levi jlevi@nvtc.org or (703) 904-7878, ext. 218.

To view TechPAC's current and past contributions to candidates, please visit the Virginia Public Access Project at www.vpap.org/donors.


What's New at the TechPAC

TechPAC Board Meets with Northern Virginia Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)

TechPAC trustees spent the afternoon of Dec. 20 with Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) of Virginia's 31st district, which stretches along the Potomac River from Fort Myer and the Pentagon to Arlington and into the east end of Loudoun County.

The trustees in attendance included Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS INC., Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications, Todd House of Micron, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Rob Quartel of NTELX, and TechPAC Chair Dendy Young of McLean Capital.

Sen. Favola serves on Virginia's Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee.

During the meeting, Sen. Favola offered her perspective on the 2012 General Assembly session and previewed the 2013 session. The Board discussed many of the issues of concern to the Northern Virginia technology community, including transportation, STEM education, economic development proposals and the state budget.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 1/2/13



TechPAC Board Holds Ninth Annual Dinner with the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg)

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, NVTC TechPAC trustees had their annual pre-session dinner with the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg). This dinner marks the TechPAC Board's ninth annual dinner with Howell. Joining the Speaker was Del. Tim Hugo (R-Chantilly), the chair of the House Majority Caucus. The dinner was hosted by NVTC TechPAC Trustee Joel Hinzman, director of federal and legislative affairs for Oracle at their Reston offices.

In addition to Hinzman, the trustees in attendance included Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS INC., Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Anne Gavin of Microsoft, Todd House of Micron, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Beth Laws of AOL Inc., Chris Long of Washington Resource Associates, Matt McQueen of Northrop Grumman, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Sandeep Somaiya of NETE, NVTC TechPAC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Accentia, and NVTC TechPAC Chair Dendy Young of McLean Capital.

Howell was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1987 and has been serving as speaker since 2003. In the House of Delegates he represents the 28th House District, which includes parts of Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.

As the presiding officer of the Virginia House of Delegates, Howell performs a number of important duties as presiding officer of the 100-member chamber. He assigns all bills to House committees and appoints the chairmen and all members of each of the 14 standing committees of the House.

During his meeting with TechPAC, the trustees and Howell discussed a number of issues important to Northern Virginia's business community, including transportation, economic development measures and the state budget.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 1/2/13



TechPAC Board Meets with Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsburg)

On Thursday, Dec. 6, NVTC TechPAC trustees spent the afternoon with Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsburg).

The trustees in attendance included Anthony Bedell of Intuit Inc., Matt Calkins of Appian, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS INC., Joel Hinzman of Oracle, Todd House of Micron, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Chris Long of Washington Resource Associates, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Rob Omberg of Comcast, Sandeep Somaiya of NETE, NVTC TechPAC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Accentia, and NVTC TechPAC Chair Dendy Young of McLean Capital.

Sen. McDougle has served in the Virginia Senate since 2006. He previously served in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2005. He is chair of the Senate Rules Committee and is a member of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Senate Transportation Committee. Sen. McDougle has been a strong supporter of Virginia's technology industry. Most recently, he was a sponsor and champion during the 2012 legislative session of legislation to strengthen Virginia's sales tax incentives for data centers by extending the benefit to data center tenants.

Sen. McDougle provided a recap of the 2012 General Assembly Session, which included NVTC-backed legislation that the senator carried to enhance Virginia's statewide competitiveness in attracting data center jobs and investment by expanding Virginia's current data center sales tax exemption to also include data center tenants. The Board also discussed many of the issues of concern to the Northern Virginia technology community, including transportation, STEM education, economic development proposals and the state budget.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 1/2/13



TechPAC Board Meets with House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)

NVTC TechPAC trustees spent the afternoon with House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The trustees in attendance included C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS INC., Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Joel Hinzman of Oracle, Todd House of Micron, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Chris Long of Washington Resource Associates, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Rob Omberg of Comcast, and Vice Chair of NVTC TechPAC Todd Stottlemyer of Acentia.

Del. Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and 14 precincts in Southern/Western Chesterfield County. On Dec. 5, 2010, the House Republican Caucus elected Cox to serve as the house majority leader, the second highest leadership position in the House of Delegates. In addition to his role as majority leader, Cox serves as the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the chairman of the Appropriations Committee's Higher Education Subcommittee. He serves with other senior lawmakers on the Rules and Joint Rules Committees and is a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

In 2011, Del. Cox sponsored Gov. McDonnell's NVTC-backed Top Jobs legislation to provide for an additional 100,000 undergraduate degrees for Virginians over the next 15 years with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

During the meeting, Del. Cox recapped the 2012 General Assembly session and discussed many of the issues of concern to the Northern Virginia technology community, including transportation, STEM education, economic development proposals and the state budget. Del. Cox previewed the 2013 legislative session for the Board and discussed how he believed K-12 reform will be a major issue the General Assembly tackles this year.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 12/5/12



TechPAC Board Meets with Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg)

NVTC TechPAC trustees spent the afternoon with Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg) on Monday, Oct. 22.

The trustees in attendance included Matt Calkins of Appian, Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS INC., Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Joel Hinzman of Oracle, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Jeff Novak of AOL Inc., Sandeep Somaiya of NETE, NVTC TechPAC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Accentia, and NVTC TechPAC Chair Dendy Young of McLean Capital.

Del. Watson is a member of the House General Laws Committee and the House Science and Technology Committee. He is a founder of the recently created Business Development Caucus whose members have been on a listening tour holding meetings across the state to hear from businesses about the issues they care about. During the meeting, Del. Watson recapped the 2012 General Assembly session and discussed many of the issues of concern to the Northern Virginia technology community, including transportation, STEM education, economic development proposals and the state budget.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 10/23/12



NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees Expands

NVTC's TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia technology community, has grown to include 25 trustees by recently adding Anthony Bedell, director of federal and state government affairs for Intuit Inc., Will Castleberry, director of state and local public policy for Facebook, Jeff Novak, national director of state public policy and assistant general counsel for AOL Inc., Rob Omberg, vice president - state legislative affairs for Comcast, and Sandeep Somaiya CEO/managing director for NETE. You can view the full listing of TechPAC trustees at: http://nvtc.org/advocacy/techpolitic.php

posted 10/15/12



NVTC TechPAC Board Maintains Busy Schedule Meeting with Legislators in 2012

NVTC's TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia technology community, has maintained a busy schedule meeting with legislators from across the state in 2012 to discuss important technology business issues. Meetings to date include:

  • A May 15 meeting with Dels. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) and Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington).
  • A June 12 meeting with House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville).
  • A Sept. 21 meeting with House Majority Whip Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) followed by a meeting with Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles (D-Franconia).
  • An Oct. 11 meeting with Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville).
  • A series of meetings in Richmond on Oct. 2 with Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Donald McEachin (D-Richmond), House Deputy Majority Leader Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) and Del. Chris Peace (R- Mechanicsville). In addition, trustees met with Jasen Eige, counselor and senior policy advisor to the governor, and Andrew Lamar, deputy director of legislative affairs and policy advisor to the governor.
For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

posted 10/15/12



A Busy Summer and Fall for NVTC TechPAC

Over the past seven months, Trustees for NVTC TechPAC, the Northern Virginia technology community's state-level political action committee, met with policymakers from across the Commonwealth to discuss issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community. The TechPAC Board of Trustees hosted meetings to discuss NVTC's legislative priorities with Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun), Senator John Watkins (Midlothian), and Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico), Senator Tommy Norment (Williamsburg), Delegate Dave Albo (Springfield), Delegate Barbara Comstock (McLean), Delegate Tag Greason (R-Ashburn), Delegate Jim LeMunyon (Centreville), Delegate Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Delegate Rob Bell (Albemarle), Delegate Chris Peace (Mechanicsville) and Delegate Chris Jones (Suffolk).

Trustees also will be meeting with the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg) in the coming weeks. This dinner marks the TechPAC Board's eighth annual dinner with Howell.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

NVTC TechPAC Announces Endorsements for Several General Assembly Seats in Northern Virginia

NVTC's TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia technology community, announced its endorsement of 35 candidates running for General Assembly seats in Northern Virginia.

The announcement follows a six-month process where the 23-member TechPAC Board of Trustees reviewed each candidate's campaign platforms and proposals, voting records and positions on issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community. Three of the endorsements are for open seat races where TechPAC Trustees also conducted in-person interview sessions with each candidate and their opponent.

"Over the past six months, the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees devoted substantial time and effort toward evaluating candidates seeking to represent Northern Virginia's technology business community as members of Northern Virginia's General Assembly Delegation," said NVTC TechPAC Chairman Dendy Young, chairman and CEO of McLean Capital LLC. "While we did not engage in every race, we have endorsed these 35 candidates, all of whom we believe will support issues of importance to our technology community and champion policies and investments to promote a stronger Commonwealth."

The 35 General Assembly candidates endorsed by NVTC TechPAC are:

Senate:
13th Senate District: Shawn Mitchell
27th Senate District: Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel
29th Senate District: Sen. Charles Colgan
31st Senate District: Caren Merrick
32nd Senate District: Sen. Janet Howell
33rd Senate District: Sen. Mark Herring
34th Senate District: Sen. Chap Petersen
35th Senate District: Sen. Dick Saslaw
36th Senate District: Sen. Toddy Puller
37th Senate District: Sen. Dave Marsden
39th Senate District: Sen. George Barker

House:
31st House District: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter
32nd House District: Delegate Tag Greason
33rd House District: Delegate Joe May
34th House District: Delegate Barbara Comstock
35th House District: Delegate Mark Keam
36th House District: Delegate Ken Plum
37th House District: Delegate David Bulova
38th House District: Delegate Kaye Kory
39th House District: Delegate Vivian Watts
40th House District: Delegate Tim Hugo
41st House District: Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
42nd House District: Delegate Dave Albo
43rd House District: Delegate Mark Sickles
44th House District: Delegate Scott Surovell
45th House District: Delegate David Englin
46th House District: Delegate Charniele Herring
48th House District: Delegate Bob Brink
50th House District: Delegate Jackson Miller
51st House District: Delegate Rich Anderson
52nd House District: Delegate Luke Torian
53rd House District: Delegate Jim Scott
67th House District: Delegate Jim LeMunyon
86th House District: Delegate Tom Rust
87th House District: David Ramadan

TechPAC Board Meets with Delegates Barbara Comstock, Tag Greason and Jim LeMunyon


Delegates Comstock, Greason and LeMunyon with NVTC TechPAC trustees.


NVTC TechPAC trustees held their first meeting of 2011 on Wednesday, June 8, with Delegates Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Tag Greason (R-Loudoun) and Jim LeMunyon (R-Chantilly) at the CIT Complex.

The trustees in attendance included Matthew Calkins of Appian, Charles Cantus of CSC, NVTC Board Member Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, Mark Esposito of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Anne Gavin of Microsoft, Todd House of Micron Technology, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Paul Liberty, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC, Chris Long of Washington Resource Associates, Gary Nakamoto of Armour LLC, Matt Queen of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Don Rainey of Grotech Ventures and NVTC Board Member Todd Stottlemyer of ITSolutions LLC.

The delegation of Northern Virginian Republican legislators engaged in a robust discussion with NVTC TechPAC trustees on a number of issues important to the technology business community.

Delegates Comstock, Greason and LeMunyon, recapped the 2011 General Assembly session, addressed the results of the redistricting process and talked about the progress made in addressing the transportation crisis in Northern Virginia.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.



TechPAC Board Meets with Sen. Mark Herring and Delegate Dave Albo

It has been a busy summer for NVTC TechPAC. Trustees held their second meeting of the summer months and hosted Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) and Delegate Dave Albo (R-Springfield) at the CIT Complex.

Sen. Herring was first elected to the Senate during a special election in 2006 to represent the 33rd Senate District comprising Leesburg, Ashburn and Sterling.

During Sen. Herring's tenure, he has taken a lead role in promoting technology-based economic development and job creation. Sen. Herring serves on the Senate General Laws and Technology, Local Government, Commerce and Labor, and Rehabilitation and Social Services committees. In the recent past, Sen. Herring has sponsored a number of bills supported by NVTC, including the Capital Gains Tax Exemption, Angel Investor Tax Credit, Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund Expansion, and Telework Tax Credit.

Delegate Albo was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1994 and represents Virginia's 42nd House District comprising parts of Fairfax County, including Springfield and Ft. Belvoir.

Delegate Albo is the current chair of the House Courts of Justice Committee, and a member of the Privileges and Elections and General Laws committees. Like Sen. Herring, Delegate Albo has sponsored a number of bills supported by NVTC, including co-patroning the Telework Tax Credit.

Sen. Herring and Delegate Albo spoke to TechPAC Trustees about the recent session, the budget, transportation funding, their work on technology-focused legislation and the importance of maintaining a strong regional legislative delegation.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.




TechPAC Board Meets With VA Senators Stosch and McDougle



On December 10, NVTC TechPAC trustees met for lunch with members of the Virginia Senate GOP Caucus, namely Sens. Walter Stosch and Ryan McDougle. The lunch was hosted by NVTC Board member and TechPAC Trustee Tim Cook, corporate vice president of Alion Science and Technology at their McLean offices.

In addition to Cook, trustees in attendance included Mark Esposito of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Todd House of Micron, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue, LLC, and Todd Stottlemyer.

During their meeting with TechPAC, the Trustees, Stosch and McDougle discussed a number of issues important to Northern Virginia's business community, including transportation, the state budget, investment in industry by promoting an R&D Tax Credit, and internet-related taxes and redistricting in 2011.



TechPAC Board Meets With Attorney General Cuccinelli



On December 18, NVTC TechPAC trustees met for lunch with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The lunch was hosted by TechPAC Trustee Will Castleberry, vice president of policy of AOL at their Dulles offices.

In addition to Castleberry, trustees in attendance included Matthew Calkins of Appian, NVTC Board member Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS, INC., NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Mark Esposito of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Duffy Mazan of Second Venue, LLC, Rob Quartel of NTELX, Todd Stottlemyer, and NVTC Board Member and TechPAC Chairman Dendy Young of McLean Capital LLC.

Cuccinelli was sworn into office in January of 2010. As attorney general, he is responsible for overseeing the Office of the Attorney General and its more than 300 attorneys and support staff.

Cuccinelli's discussion with TechPAC centered around his office's ongoing effort to pursue health insurance reform and grow the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit. He also talked about redistricting in 2011 and how his office will play a role in that process.



TechPAC Board Meets With Delegate Joe May



On Monday, November 29, NVTC TechPAC trustees met for lunch with Delegate Joe May. The lunch was hosted by NVTC Board member and TechPAC Trustee Michelle Frank, Manager, State and Local Government Affairs of Orbital Sciences Corporation at their Dulles offices.

In addition to Frank, trustees in attendance included NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, Matthew Calkins of Appian, Tim Cook of Alion Science & Technology, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS, INC., NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Todd House of Micron, Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications, and NVTC TechPAC Chairman and NVTC Board Member Dendy Young of McLean Capital LLC.

Delegate May, known as the resident technology expert in the Virginia General Assembly, has been serving in the House of Delegates since 1994, representing the 33rd House District which includes parts of Loudoun County and also Clark County. He currently serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and chairman of the General Assembly's Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS). He is a member of the House Science and Technology Committee and the influential House Appropriations Committee (where he chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation).

Delegate May, a friend of the Northern Virginia business community and a technology champion in Richmond, engaged the trustees in a robust discussion on issues of importance to our community, including job creation and economic development initiatives, transportation improvements, and growth in Virginia's education system.



TechPAC Board Meets With Lt. Governor Bill Bolling



On Tuesday, November 23, NVTC TechPAC trustees met for lunch with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. The lunch was hosted by NVTC Board member and TechPAC Trustee Rob Quartel, chairman and CEO of NTELX at NTELX's Tysons office.

In addition to Quartel, trustees in attendance included NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, Matthew Calkins of Appian, Will Castleberry of AOL, Tim Cook of Alion Science & Technology, Mark Esposito of PricewaterhouseCoopers, C. Michael Ferraro of TRAINING SOLUTIONS, INC., Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Paul Liberty of GTSI, Joel Partridge of CGI, Don Rainey of Grotech Ventures, NVTC Board Member Todd Stottlemyer, and NVTC TechPAC Chairman and NVTC Board Member Dendy Young of McLean Capital LLC.

Lt. Gov. Bolling, who serves as Governor Bob McDonnell's chief jobs creation officer and a member of the governor's cabinet, briefed the TechPAC Board on the status of the Administration's economic development efforts over the past 10 months.

Following the briefing, participants shared ideas for additional job creation strategies and initiatives that target technology-based business development and economic growth.



Speaker Howell Visits TechPAC



On Wednesday, November 10, NVTC TechPAC trustee had lunch with the 54th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg). This dinner marks the TechPAC Board's seventh annual dinner with Howell.

Howell was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1987 and has been serving as speaker since 2003. In the House of Delegates he represents the 28th House District, which includes parts of Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.

As the presiding officer of the Virginia House of Delegates, Howell performs a number of important duties as presiding officer of the 100-member chamber. He assigns all bills to House committees and appoints the chairmen and all members of each of the 14 standing committees of the House.

During his meeting with TechPAC, the Trustees and Howell discussed a number of issues important to Northern Virginia's business community, including transportation, the state budget, internet-related taxes and the implications of redistricting in 2011.



A Busy Summer for TechPAC

Trustees for NVTC TechPAC, the Northern Virginia technology community's state-level political action committee, have spent the past several months meeting with policymakers from across the Commonwealth to discuss issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community. The TechPAC Board of Trustees hosted meetings to discuss NVTC's legislative priorities with Senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) and Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond).

Trustees also will be meeting with Speaker of the House Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Delegate Joe May (R-Loudoun), Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in coming weeks.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please visit follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.



TechPAC Board Meets with Delegate Scott Lingamfelter

On Tuesday, July 13, TechPAC Trustees had lunch with Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R - Prince William), who was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002. Lingamfelter serves on the influential House Appropriations Committee where he is one of four Northern Virginians on the 22-member committee. Lingamfelter is also a member of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee.

Delegate Lingamfelter is a retired Army colonel and president of the Commonwealth Homeland Security Foundation. During his meeting with TechPAC, the Trustees and Lingamfelter discussed the importance of research and research-related initiatives, the state's budget, education funding and the importance of maintaining a strong regional legislative delegation.



TechPAC Board Meets with Delegate Tim Hugo

NVTC TechPAC Trustees met with House Majority Caucus Chair Tim Hugo (R - Clifton) on Wednesday, June 2. Hugo was first elected to represent Virginia's 40th House District in the Centreville/Clifton area in 2002. Currently, he serves on the House Science and Technology Committee and also the House Transportation, Finance, and Commerce and Labor committees. He serves as chair of a Finance Subcommittee and chair of a Commerce and Labor Subcommittee. Delegate Hugo was elected to a prominent leadership position in April when he was unanimously elected to serve as chair of the House Republican Caucus. Hugo is the executive director of the Free File Alliance. He previously served as the president of CapNet.

Delegate Hugo continues to distinguish himself as a strong champion in Richmond for the technology community. He is a well-respected voice of opposition to Internet and e-commerce-related taxes, a lead proponent of telework and a tireless advocate for technology-based economic development and job creation initiatives.

Delegate Hugo's discussion with TechPAC centered on Hugo's new role as Caucus chair, the state budget, Internet-related taxes, education funding, telework and the importance of maintaining a strong regional legislative delegation.



TechPAC Board Meets with Senator Mark Herring

NVTC TechPAC Trustees held their first meeting of 2010 on Wednesday, April 14. Senator Mark Herring (D - Leesburg) attended the meeting. Herring was first elected to the Senate during a special election in 2006 to represent the 33rd Senate District (Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling/Loudoun County).

During Senator Herring's tenure, he has taken a lead role in promoting technology-based economic development and job creation. Herring serves on the Senate General Laws and Technology, Local Government, Commerce and Labor, and Rehabilitation and Social Services Committees.

Senator Herring has quickly become one of the technology community's key people in the General Assembly. He sponsored last year's legislation, strengthening Virginia's angel investor tax credit and targeting it toward technology startups, and also the creation of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund. This year, Herring sponsored the legislation to create the capital gains tax exemption for investments in early-stage tech companies. He also distinguished himself this year as a lead opponent of the Amazon/Internet Tax legislation and a chief proponent of funding for Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Spaceport. Herring previously served in local government as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors representing the Leesburg District. In his day job, he runs a law practice in Leesburg.

Senator Herring spoke to TechPAC Trustees about the recent session, the budget, transportation funding, his work on technology-focused legislation and the importance of maintaining a strong regional legislative delegation.


Senator Herring (Back Row, 4th from left) with NVTC TechPAC trustees.




How to Contribute

Those wishing to support NVTC TechPAC may send a check to:

NVTC TechPAC
2214 Rock Hill Road
Suite 300
Herndon,VA 20170

Your contributions to NVTC TechPAC will be used to support candidates for state and local public office in Virginia who support the public policy priorities of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and its membership, as determined by the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees. Contributions to NVTC TechPAC are not tax deductible. NVTC will comply with all applicable state and federal reporting requirements regarding contributors to and expenditures by NVTC TechPAC.

For more information on contributing to NVTC TechPAC, contact NVTC Vice President for Policy Josh Levi, at (703) 904-7878, or jlevi@nvtc.org


Links

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