The Newsletter of TechPAC and NVTC

January 30, 2009


NVTC technology executives participated in NVTC's first Member Advocacy Day of the 2009 General Assembly session in Richmond yesterday. Members of the NVTC Board of Directors and the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees spent the day meeting with legislative leaders from across the state to promote NVTC's legislative agenda.

NVTC participants included:
NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg
NVTC TechPAC Chairman Dendy Young of McLean Capital, LLC
NVTC Board Member Jim Duffey
NVTC TechPAC Trustee Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology
NVTC TechPAC Trustee Todd House of Micron Technology
NVTC TechPAC Trustee Chris Long of Washington Resource Associates
NVTC TechPAC Trustee Rob Quartel of FreightDesk Technologies
Among the issues discussed:
  • NVTC-backed legislation to encourage investments in Virginia technology start-ups, by retooling the Angel Investor Tax Credit to apply specifically to technology, biotechnology, and energy-related start-ups.

  • NVTC-backed legislation to revamp the Virginia technology research fund, to provide for matching funds to universities to leverage federal and private dollars for the commercialization of qualified research, and for state SBIR/STTR matches to anchor private sector research in Virginia.

  • The need to pursue IT governance reforms that more strongly align authority, accountability and responsibility within state government.

  • NVTC concerns with proposals to enlist Virginia in the multi-state streamlined sales and use tax agreement governing taxation of e-commerce–based transactions, including the potential for audits from every state in which a business has a customer, the impact on Virginia small businesses without a reasonable small-seller exemption, and the impact on Virginia's competitiveness in attracting technology-based businesses.

  • The need for transportation funding solutions, and NVTC support for a new bipartisan transportation study commission, headed by former Governors Baliles and Allen, to look at transportation needs in Virginia and alternatives for planning and financing Virginia's transportation system.

  • NVTC technology executives also urged legislators not to constrain the ability of individual colleges and universities to deal with budget cuts. It is imperative that colleges and universities retain the flexibility to ensure they are able to continue to offer world-class education, to expand capacity to accommodate student demand, to recruit and retain faculty, and to drive innovation.
Among those the NVTC contingent met with during this first NVTC Member Advocacy Day:
  • Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra
  • Speaker of the House Bill Howell (Fredericksburg, House District 28)
  • House Science and Technology Committee Chair Kathy Byron (Lynchburg, House District 22)
  • House Science and Technology Committee Member Tim Hugo (Centerville, House District 40)
  • House Transportation Committee and Joint Commission on Technology and Science Chair Joe May (Leesburg, House District 33)
  • House Science and Technology Committee Member Sam Nixon (Chesterfield, House District 27)
  • House Appropriations Committee member Delegate Steve Shannon (Vienna, House District 35)
  • Senate Finance Committee Member Emmett Hanger (Mt. Solon, Senate District 24)
  • Senate General Laws and Technology Committee Member Mark Herring (Loudoun, Senate District 33)
  • Senate Finance Committee Member Fred Quayle (Suffolk, Senate District 13)
  • Senate Finance Committee Member Ken Stolle (Virginia Beach, Senate District 8)
  • Senate Finance Committee Member Walter Stosch (Henrico, Senate District 12)
NVTC will be holding another Member Advocacy Day on February 18 in Richmond. Please contact NVTC Public Policy Manager Allison Glatfelter (aglatfelter@nvtc.org) if you would like more information or have an interest in participating.

To track the legislation NVTC is monitoring this session, visit: www.nvtc.org/advocacy


NVTC Delegation meets with Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra



NVTC Delegation meets with Speaker Bill Howell



NVTC Delegation meets with Senate Finance Committee Member Emmett Hanger



NVTC Delegation meets with General Laws and Technology Member Senator Mark Herring



NVTC Delegation meets with House Science and Technology Committee Chair Kathy Byron



NVTC Delegation meets with House Transportation Committee and Joint Commission on Technology and Science Chair Joe May



NVTC Delegation meets with House Science and Technology Committee Member Sam Nixon



NVTC Delegation meets with House Appropriations Committee member Delegate Steve Shannon



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