The Newsletter of TechPAC and NVTC

July 15, 2009

In This Issue
TechPAC Trustees Hold 6th Annual Dinner with Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell

Delegate Phil Hamilton Meets with TechPAC Trustees

NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees Soliciting Nominations


TechPAC Trustees Hold 6th Annual Dinner with Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell

NVTC's TechPAC has been meeting with legislators and candidates from across the state throughout the year to discuss issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community.

On the evening of June 30th, TechPAC Trustees met with Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg) at a dinner hosted by TechPAC Trustee Tim Cook of Alion Science and Technology at Alion's Tysons office. Stacy Mendler, COO of Alion Science and Technology, greeted the group. The event marked the TechPAC Board's 6th annual dinner with Speaker Howell.

During the two-hour dinner, the Speaker and TechPAC Trustees engaged in a candid conversation on a variety of issues including Virginia's budgetary challenges and the economy, transportation funding, strategies to promote job creation, technology-based economic development, and the upcoming legislative and statewide elections.

Speaker Howell was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1987 and has served as Speaker of the House since 2003. He represents Virginia's 28th House District which includes the City of Fredericksburg and part of Stafford County. Howell is an attorney who practices trust and estate law when the General Assembly is not in session.




L-R: (sitting) Anne Gavin, Microsoft; Will Castleberry, AOL; Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC; Speaker Howell; Dendy Young, McLean Capital; Brad Antle, Bradford SCG;
(standing) Paul Liberty, GTSI; Joel Hinzman, Oracle; Anna Gadbois, CGI; Duffy Mazan, Performedia; Steve Mullins, KZO; Tim Cook, Alion Science & Technology; Rob Quartel, NTELX; Josh Levi, NVTC; Todd House, Micron Technology

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Delegate Phil Hamilton Meets with TechPAC Trustees

The TechPAC Board of Trustees recently hosted Delegate Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) at a special luncheon at NVTC. Hamilton, a Delegate since 1988, serves as Chairman of the House, Health Welfare and Institutions Committee and Vice Chairman of the influential House Appropriations Committee. During the lunch, tech executives discussed transportation, higher education, the budget shortfall and energy policy with Hamilton, who is facing a re-election challenger in the fall.

"Transportation is a core service function of government," Hamilton said. He added that he believes additional revenues are important to alleviate Northern Virginia's transportation crisis and also to address transportation challenges in Hampton Roads. Hamilton said the next Governor has "one opportunity in 2010 to address transportation." In regard to education, Hamilton suggested establishing a fixed amount of state funding per pupil in colleges and universities.

Hamilton said that there will be a worsening budget shortfall in 2010 and he expects a very lean budget to be introduced by Governor Kaine next year, yet Hamilton discussed that sustained funding must be preserved for education and workforce development. The delegate said he believes strongly in protecting Virginia's right to work law.

Hamilton believes energy is a "national security issue" and he said he would like to use every source of existing energy available to achieve energy independence.



L-R: Tim Cook, Alion Science & Technology; Lisa Landi, AOL; Josh Levi, NVTC; Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC; Delegate Phil Hamilton; Paul Liberty, GTSI; Nicolas Evans, CGI; Michelle Frank, Orbital Science Corp.; Brad Antle, Bradford SCG

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NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees Soliciting Nominations

As TechPAC kicks off its 7th year and prepares for its annual meeting, the NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees is soliciting nominations to fill three vacancies on the 25 member TechPAC Board. NVTC members interested in participating or learning more about the opportunity are encouraged to contact NVTC Public Policy Manager Allison Glatfelter at aglatfelter@nvtc.org.

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