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NVTC Joins V3 in Recognizing Supporters at Veteran Employment Grant Awards

On July 21, 2015, NVTC leaders, including Chairman Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of the Inova Center for Personalized Health and Chairman Emeritus Sudhakar Kesavan, Chairman & CEO of ICF International, joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at NVTC member company ICF international in Fairfax for a V3 Grant Award Ceremony.

Todd Stottlemyer.
NVTC Chairman Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of the Inova Center for Personalized Health, speaks at the V3 Grant Award Ceremony at ICF International in Fairfax.

NVTC spent several months prior to the 2015 legislative session working with Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Admiral John Harvey to develop a new Veterans Employment Performance Grant incentive that provides businesses with fewer than 300 employees with a $1,000 grant per each recent veteran returning to Virginia that they hire. This grant program promises to be a strong incentive to further encourage the recruitment, employment and retention of veterans in Virginia’s workforce. Learn more about the grant program here.

Sudhakar Kesavan.
Chairman Emeritus Sudhakar Kesavan, Chairman & CEO of ICF International, speaks at the V3 Grant Award Ceremony at ICF International in Fairfax.

Both Stottlemyer and Kesavan spoke at the event. Stottlemyer highlighted the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and its programs to connect veterans with employment opportunities in Virginia’s technology community. Kesavan shared ICF’s commitment to recruiting and hiring veterans and encouraged more companies to get involved in the NVTC VEI and the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program. Gov. McAuliffe then presented the first of these grant awards, as well as a certification to ICF International as part of the V3 program, whose mission is to educate and train Virginia employers on the value of hiring veterans and help them connect with these personnel assets to maximize the productivity of their workforce.

Gov. McAuliffe.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at the V3 Grant Award Ceremony at ICF International in Fairfax.

In addition, Secretary Harvey, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services John Newby, Senator Toddy Puller (D-Mt Vernon), and Delegate Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), who were instrumental in the development of the grant award program, spoke as well. In his remarks, Secretary Harvey thanked NVTC for its support of the V3 Grant program during the 2015 General Assembly session in Richmond.

NVTC member companies who are interested in becoming involved in veterans employment through the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative should visit the VEI site or email NVTC Strategic Initiatives Manager Rick Ferry at rferry@nvtc.org.