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February 11, 2014
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NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond

As the 2014 General Assembly session neared its halfway point, members of the NVTC Board of Directors and NVTC Board member companies spent February 4th in Richmond discussing NVTC priorities with policymakers.

The NVTC delegation spent the day meeting with legislators and McAuliffe administration officials to discuss the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and several NVTC legislative priorities, including legislation to strengthen Virginia's R&D tax credit, legislation to protect Virginia businesses from patent trolls acting in bad faith, legislation to promote the hiring of veterans and current members of the Virginia national guard, as well as budget initiatives to increase funding for Virginia's CIT gap funds to support high growth technology startups across the commonwealth.

Group shot in Richmond.
From left: John Mendonca, Matt Calkins of Appian, Rob Quartel of NTELX, NVTC Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF International, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy, NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi, Doug Beck of ICF International, and NVTC Manager of Strategic Initiatives Rick Ferry.

NVTC participants included NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC Chair Sudhakar Kesavan, NVTC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer, Doug Beck of ICF International, Matt Calkins of Appian, John Mendonca, Rob Quartel of NTELX, Dendy Young of McLean Capital, LLC, Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications; and Todd House of Micron Technology.

The group met with members of the McAuliffe administration including Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Newby, Deputy Chief of Staff Suzette Denslow, and Special Assistant to the Governor for Policy Zaki Barzinji.

The group also met with members of the General Assembly including Speaker Bill Howell (Stafford), Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Walter Stosch (Hanover), Senate Minority Caucus Chair Ryan McDougle (Mechanicsville), Senate Privileges and Elections Chair Janet Howell (Fairfax), Senator Jennifer Wexton (Sterling), House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (Colonial Heights), House Science and Technology Committee Chair Barbara Comstock (McLean), Delegate Jim LeMunyon (Oak Hill), and Delegate Tag Greason (Ashburn).

In addition, a number of legislators stopped by to welcome the NVTC delegation to Richmond including Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (Springfield), House Minority Caucus Chair Mark Sickles (Alexandria), Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax Station), and Delegate Mark Keam (Fairfax County).

NVTC 2014 Legislative Priorities Update

On Tuesday, February 11 at midnight, the General Assembly will reach "crossover," the point at which the House must have completed work on all House bills and the Senate must have completed work on all Senate bills. The House will spend the duration of the legislative session acting on bills that have passed the Senate while the Senate will be acting on bills that passed the House. While NVTC has compiled an expansive bill tracking index for bills of interest to NVTC members, the outline below provides updates on several highlighted NVTC priorities.

To track individual bills or issues throughout the legislative session visit the General Assembly's Legislative Information System or reference NVTC's 2014 Bill Tracking Index.


Stay Connected with NVTC's Advocacy Team in Richmond

NVTC's public policy team is in Richmond for the duration of the session advocating for the needs of the Northern Virginia technology community 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 (jlevi@nvtc.org 703-904-7878 x214)

NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy (tmurphy@nvtc.org 703-904-7878 x 218)

Weekly legislative conference calls with the NVTC advocacy team will continue for the remainder of the session through March 7th. Please send an email to Troy Murphy (tmurphy@nvtc.org) if you would like to receive notice and call-in information for NVTC's weekly conference calls.

For more information about NVTC's advocacy efforts, please visit us online at http://www.nvtc.org/advocacy and follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic.