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Public Policy Series Featuring Governor Bob McDonnell
This is an NVTC Signature Event
January 27, 2010
Featuring Governor Bob McDonnell, Commonwealth of Virginia
and Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey.
Video ClipsGovernor Bob McDonnnell headlined NVTC's Public Policy event in front of a group of over 470 technology business leaders.
About this EventGovernor McDonnell Outlines Virginia's Focus on Jobs and Economic Development at NVTC's Public Policy Series Event
Governor Bob McDonnell
On Wednesday, January 27 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, Governor Bob McDonnnell headlined NVTC's Public Policy event before a group of over 470 technology business leaders. In his speech, the first to the Northern Virginia business community since his inauguration, Governor McDonnell outlined his plans for job creation and economic development, highlighting the need to invest in Virginia's future now in order to position the state for recovery. Describing the technology industry as the "economic engine of the state", Governor McDonnell highlighted the need to create an environment where the private sector can thrive in order to promote entrepreneurship and attract new business to the state.
NVTC Chair Donna Morea of CGI emceed the event and Governor McDonnell was introduced by George Swygert, Regional President, Greater Washington DC, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, the event's signature platinum sponsor.
Addressing education, the Governor said he sees K-12 and higher education as key components to attracting and retaining the best and brightest to Virginia's workforce. He said he will continue to focus on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in Virginia's schools, as well as engaging the technology business community to be mentors and get today's youth excited about technology.
Governor Bob McDonnell; Bobbie Kilberg, President
& CEO of NVTC; Former Senator and Governor George Allen
In line with NVTC's recent recommendation, Governor McDonnell addressed reforming the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) by having the state's CIO report to the Governor through the Secretary of Technology rather than an independent board with insufficient accountability. This reform measure will ensure that Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey has direct oversight over information technology operations and infrastructure.
Throughout his speech, Governor McDonnell stressed his desire to work with both sides of the aisle in finding ways to tackle the state's budget shortfall without tax increases. In closing, he reiterated themes from his inaugural address, vowing to continue efforts to create a business-friendly environment through low tax and regulatory incentives.
(L-R) George Swygert, Regional President, Greater Washington DC, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company; Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO of NVTC; Governor McDonnell; Donna Morea, NVTC Chair and President, U.S., Europe & Asia, CGI
Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, former NVTC Vice-Chair, took the stage prior to Governor McDonnell's speech. In his remarks, Secretary Duffey thanked the Governor's Transition Technology Policy Work Group for providing a public policy road map that charts a course for the continued growth of technology business in the Commonwealth. The Secretary commented on specific aspects of the Work Group’s recommendations such as statewide implementation of broadband, making Virginia the start-up state, and initiatives to attract new technology businesses to Virginia from throughout the nation and around the globe.
Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey; Donna Morea, NVTC Chair and President, U.S., Europe & Asia, CGI; Peter Jobse, Center for Innovative Technology
"Northern Virginia has a proud history of technology leadership and innovation, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that makes the Commonwealth one of the very best states to work in and launch a startup," said Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO, NVTC. "We are honored that the Governor chose to speak to us so soon after his inauguration and we look forward to working in partnership with his Administration as it tackles the business issues confronting Virginians."
SponsorsSignature Platinum Sponsor: Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company
Platinum Sponsors: IMC, Inc.; PricewaterhouseCoopers
Silver Sponsors: Alion Science and Technology; Cisco Systems, Inc; General Dynamics Information Technology
Single Event Sponsors: INDUS Corporation; eTechSecurity, LLC; PLANIT Technology Group
The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd
Directions to The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner
Member: $ 75.00
General Audience: $ 95.00
Member Table of 10: $ 750.00
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