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NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond

As the 2012 General Assembly session passed the halfway point last week, members of NVTC's Board of Directors and the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees spent Thursday, Feb. 16 in Richmond to discuss with policymakers NVTC's priorities to grow Virginia's technology economy and create jobs.

During the legislative meetings, the NVTC delegation and General Assembly legislators discussed several NVTC priorities including legislation to expand Virginia’s sales tax exemption for data center equipment purchases to the tenants of a data center that collectively meet the thresholds of current law, STEM education, extending Virginia’s capital gains tax exclusion for investments in technology startups, extending Virginia’s telework tax credit and maintaining a strong Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF).

The NVTC delegation also held discussions with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s cabinet and subcabinet members on our priorities. Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey shared updates on the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), and efforts to grow and promote Virginia’s cybersecurity and modeling and simulation resources. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security James Hopper and Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans Services Bill Janis discussed NVTC’s desire to work with the administration on employment initiatives for returning veterans. Gov. McDonnell’s Chief of Staff Martin Kent reviewed incentives for companies to relocate to or expand in Virginia. And Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) President and CEO Martin Briley sought feedback on efforts to improve research coordination among Virginia’s universities.

NVTC representatives meet with Delegates Tag Greason (R-Sterling), Dave Albo (R- Springfield) and Barbara Comstock (R-McLean).
NVTC representatives meet with Delegates Tag Greason (R-Sterling), Dave Albo (R- Springfield) and Barbara Comstock (R-McLean).

NVTC participants included NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC Chair and Salient Federal Solutions President and CEO Brad Antle, NVTC Board members David Lucien of DCL Associates, Mike Maiorana of Verizon Wireless, John Mendonca formerly of KPMG, Alan Merten of George Mason University, Rob Quartel of NTELX, Robert Templin of Northern Virginia Community College, NVTC TechPAC Chairman Dendy Young of McLean Capital, NVTC Vice President of Public Policy Josh Levi, Rob Omberg of Comcast, Todd House of Micron Technology, Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology, Keith Wine, Joel Hinzman of Oracle, Michelle Frank of Orbital Sciences Corporation and Duffy Mazan of Second Venue LLC.

The delegation discuss NVTC’s legislative priorities with Delegates Mark Keam (D-Vienna) and Ken Plum (D-Reston).
The delegation discuss NVTC’s legislative priorities with Delegates Mark Keam (D-Vienna) and Ken Plum (D-Reston).

The group participated in legislative meetings with Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), House Republican Caucus Chair Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), House Republican Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), House Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax), as well as Delegate Dave Albo (R- Springfield), Delegate Kathy Byron (R- Lynchburg), Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas), Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Delegate Tag Greason (R-Sterling), Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg), Delegate Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Delegate Jim LeMunyon (R-Chantilly), Delegate Joe May (R-Leesburg), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), Delegate Ken Plum (D-Reston) and Sen. Bryce Reeves (R- Fredericksburg).

NVTC members meet with Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg).
NVTC members meet with Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg).

In addition, a number of legislators stopped by to welcome the NVTC delegation to Richmond, including Delegate Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Delegate John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield), Delegate Steve Landes (R- Verona), Delegate Jim Scott (D-Merrifield) and Delegate Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach). Delegate Comstock also recognized and welcomed the group during the floor session of the House of Delegates.