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October 14, 2014
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Action Alert: Join NVTC Leadership to Discuss 2015 Policy Agenda for Virginia

All NVTC members are invited to participate on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014. During the call, NVTC leaders will seek member input on ideas and initiatives for the NVTC Executive Committee to consider as it drafts NVTC's goals and priorities to support NVTC advocacy efforts in Richmond during the 2015 legislative session.

Many of this year’s legislative initiatives will be based on the Technology, Innovation and Startups Report that NVTC and CIT drafted for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Blueprint Virginia initiative. The report outlines the technology policy priorities of NVTC and Virginia’s technology community for Governor McAuliffe, members of the General Assembly and other state policymakers.

NVTC is seeking additional feedback and ideas from NVTC members to help achieve the objectives outlined in NVTC’s Policy Priority Framework which follows below.

If you would like to participate in the call, please email NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy to receive dial-in instructions. If you are unable to participate in the call but would still like to offer your input, please email your suggestions and ideas to Troy Murphy.

To review NVTC's 2014 Legislative Agenda, please click here.

NVTC's Policy Priority Framework

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) has worked for many years in partnership with Virginia policymakers to advance a strong, innovative technology policy framework.

As the largest technology council in the country, NVTC members are business leaders focused on the broad business climate of our state and communities. We are some of the largest employers in the state and include many of the most successful technology companies in the world, as well as hundreds of small, energetic and growing entrepreneurial enterprises.

Central to Virginia's future economic growth is an environment that aggressively promotes technology, entrepreneurship and innovation within a framework of forward-looking policies that include strong public private partnerships and regulatory restraint.

NVTC's Policy Priority Framework promotes a long-term blueprint for policies and investments that ensure Virginia remains a top state for business and a global technology center.

Specifically, NVTC's legislative advocacy program will focus on policies that support the following goals:

Competitiveness and Economic Growth

  • Enhancing Virginia's ability to attract companies that are seeking to expand, relocate, move corporate headquarters, or establish research operations
  • Supporting a comprehensive "Grow Your Own" strategy for new company formation to position Virginia as a leader in next generation technology company formation and innovation, as well as a top destination for entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, researchers and innovators
  • Ensuring Virginia maintains its status as a top state for business by minimizing taxes and regulation, preserving right to work, and avoiding negative signals that drive private enterprise away from the Commonwealth STEM Education and Workforce
  • Boosting Virginia's technology workforce through a robust science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education pipeline and by increasing the number of STEM certifications and degrees awarded statewide
  • Infrastructure

  • Improving infrastructure, including transportation, energy and broadband, to support economic development and help Virginia companies compete