NVTC's Public Policy News Update

November 10, 2010

In This Issue

Gubernatorial Commission Update

NVTC Launches Web Resource

A Busy Year for NVTC TechPAC

Gubernatorial Commission Update

Earlier this year, Governor Bob McDonnell created and empaneled four gubernatorial commissions, which are tackling issues of specific importance to Northern Virginia's technology community. NVTC members have been tapped to serve on all four commissions.

Governor's Government Reform & Restructuring Commission

In January, Governor Bob McDonnell launched the Government Reform & Restructuring Commission to consider and recommend reform initiatives designed to improve efficiency and provide increased value in state government operations and citizen services. NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg and representatives of NVTC member companies Heather Carroll Cox, senior vice president, customer operations and business chief risk officer, Capital One; William Eggers, director, Deloitte Public Leadership Institute and The Honorable Maurice McTigue, vice president & distinguished visiting scholar, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, serve on the Commission.

Following months of meetings and work sessions, the Commission submitted its initial report to Governor McDonnell, with a final report scheduled to be completed by December 15.

Two NVTC policy proposals were included as recommendations in the Commission's interim report:

  • Enhancing the Virginia Business One Stop to accelerate business formation and permitting in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Business One Stop provides a single location for entrepreneurs to find and complete the needed forms to open their businesses, streamlining the process and paperwork entrepreneurs must undergo in seeking government permits to start a business. The system collects users' information, then provides and pre-fills the new business formation forms required by 80 percent of new businesses.

  • Expanding telework and flexible scheduling opportunities among state employees, including support of a four-day, 10-hour workweek for certain state agencies.

Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission

In April, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the members of the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission created by his Executive Order No. 1. The Commission has been hard at work addressing the unprecedented economic difficulties facing Virginia families and businesses, the highest unemployment rate in decades and the ever-increasing competiveness of the global economy.

The Commission and its eight subgroups recently issued their subgroup final report with 39 key recommendations including, adopting a Virginia R&D Refundable Tax Credit and enhancing the Virginia Business One Stop website into a "First and Only Stop."

NVTC members named to the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission:

Delegate Barbara Comstock, Partner, Comstock Strategies
James W. Dyke, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP; Chairman, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Anne Gavin, State Government Affairs Regional Manager, Microsoft
Mark Herzog, Executive Director, Virginia Biotechnology Association
Chris Lloyd, Sr. Vice President and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting
Donna Morea, President, U.S., Europe and Asia, CGI; Former Chair, Northern Virginia Technology Council
Sudhakar Shenoy, Chairman and CEO, IMC; Former Chair, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Former NVTC Board members named to the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission:

Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology; Former Vice Chair, Northern Virginia Technology Council
Caren Merrick, Co-founder, Webmethods

Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment

In May, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the creation of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. The Commission is tasked with developing initiatives to increase access to and affordability of education for Virginia's students and to design programs to improve the career readiness of graduates from Virginia's universities. Among those named to the Commission are NVTC Board Members Raj Narasimhan, site director, Micron Technology Virginia; Dr. Charles Steger, president, Virginia Tech; and Todd Stottlemyer, executive vice president, Inova Health System. The Commission is chaired by Tom Farrell, chairman, president and CEO of NVTC member company Dominion Resources, who formerly served as rector of the University of Virginia. NVTC members Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Rolls-Royce are also represented on the Commission by Dr. Bill Bosher, distinguished professor of public policy and education at VCU, and Thomas Loehr, executive vice president - Crosspointe operations of Rolls-Royce.

The Commission, which will continue to meet through 2011, is scheduled to deliver an interim report to the governor by November 30.

Governor's Commission on Military and National Security Facilities

In August, Governor Bob McDonnell named NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg and NVTC Board members Gary Nakamoto, chairman of Base Technologies, and Gerry Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, to his Commission on Military and National Security Facilities. The Commission was formed by Governor McDonnell to serve as an advisory panel assisting his administration in developing and executing strategies to retain and grow military and national security installations and activities in Virginia.

Chaired by former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, the Commission is focused on the recent announcement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) located in Hampton Roads will be closed and that the Department of Defense will reduce funding for federal service support contractors by 10 percent per year over the next three years.

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NVTC Launches Web Resource

In September, NVTC launched a web resource for entrepreneurs and small technology companies. The web portal will help NVTC members learn more about Virginia's new company formation and early-stage investment initiatives and how they may benefit your business. Included in the portal are details about and links to the Capital Gains Tax Exemption, CIT Gap Fund, Angel Investor Tax Credit and Virginia Business One Stop.

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A Busy Year for NVTC TechPAC

TechPAC Trustees met with Senator Mark Herring in April.

Trustees for NVTC TechPAC, the Northern Virginia technology community's state-level political action committee, have spent the past several months meeting with policymakers from across the Commonwealth to discuss issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community. The TechPAC Board of Trustees hosted meetings to discuss NVTC's legislative priorities with Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun), Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), Delegate Tim Hugo (R-Clifton), Senator Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) and Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond).

Trustees also will be meeting with Speaker of the House Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Delegate Joe May (R-Loudoun), Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in coming weeks.

For more information about all of NVTC's advocacy efforts please visit us online at www.nvtctechpac.org, follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic, or join our LinkedIn public policy forum to be a part of the conversation.

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