NVTC Outlines 2018 Legislative PrioritiesOn. Jan. 9, NVTC sent its 2018 Legislative Agenda to members of the Virginia General Assembly and to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and senior officials of the Northam Administration. NVTC's 2018 Legislative Agenda advocates policies and investments to aggressively grow Virginia's technology ecosystem and to continue to distinguish Virginia as a leading state for business and a global technology center. The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session begins today in Richmond.
In the agenda, NVTC emphasizes the importance of enhancing Virginia's ability to attract companies that are seeking to expand, relocate, move corporate headquarters, or establish research operations while also supporting a comprehensive "Grow Your Own" strategy for new company formation.
Recognizing that enacting a new biennial budget in an era of ongoing economic uncertainty will be an area of focus during the 2018 legislative session, the agenda underscores the importance of investing in programs and initiatives that drive technology research, innovation, commercialization and high wage jobs in key areas where Virginia has existing strength and the most opportunity to compete globally. Specific areas include data analytics, cybersecurity, personalized medicine and health technologies, unmanned systems, and data storage and warehousing.
In the area of workforce and education, NVTC's agenda calls for continued funding for the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Fund, which focuses on the alignment of workforce training programs with the needs of business and industry; a customized, turnkey workforce recruiting and training incentive program that focuses on the workforce needs of existing Virginia businesses; and a workforce marketing initiative to increase local, regional and national awareness around employment opportunities in Virginia's technology ecosystem and continued support for the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) employment program.
NVTC also asks legislators to continue efforts to improve infrastructure, including broadband, transportation and energy, to support economic development and help Virginia companies compete.
Click here for a full copy of NVTC's 2018 Legislative Agenda, or here to see NVTC's legislative accomplishments during the 2017 General Assembly.
Stay up-to-date with NVTC's public policy activities during the 2018 legislative session!
Public Policy Calls: During legislative session, NVTC's members are invited to participate in weekly legislative conference calls. Beginning Friday, Jan. 19, and recurring each Friday at 3 p.m. through March 9, our advocacy team will update participants on the legislative activities in Richmond. These calls offer a valuable opportunity to stay connected to what's going on in Richmond and provide advice and feedback to NVTC leaders. Please email to Troy Murphy to receive notice and call-in information.
2018 Bill Tracking Index: NVTC will be compiling an expansive bill tracking index for select bills of interest to NVTC members that will be updated weekly. The index will be posted on NVTC's website after the legislative session begins. Please stay tuned!
Connect with the NVTC Public Policy team! Contact NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi and NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy.