NVTC AND NOVA Host Briefing for Members of Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation
On Dec. 8, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) hosted a briefing for Northern Virginia members of the General Assembly to provide updates on the status of several important regional initiatives in advance of the 2017 General Assembly session in Richmond. The briefing, which was attended by 13 legislators and 10 legislative aides, featured:A welcome from NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg
A briefing by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce President Mark Ingrao on behalf of the Coalition of Northern Virginia Chambers, a group comprising 12 local and jurisdictional chambers from across the region. Ingrao provided a status update on the work that the Coalition, NVTC and other stakeholders have put forward in establishing a Northern Virginia Regional Council under GO Virginia, a bipartisan and business-led effort focused on creating economic incentives for localities and regions to collaborate together to make meaningful progress on infrastructure, economic development and other regional investments.
A briefing by Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) CEO and NVTC Chairman Todd Stottlemyer on the status of the ICPH and also its Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute. Stottlemyer discussed how ICPH leverages Virginia's life sciences and health assets, the data analytics and cyber capabilities of our technology sector, and the strengths of our universities to drive innovation and economic growth. He also discussed ICPH’s mission of advancing research in core centers of excellence to enable access to tailored treatments that maximize individual wellness, drive outcome improvements and develop evidence-based care delivery innovations.
A briefing by NOVA President Scott Ralls on NOVA’s workforce initiatives, including its cybersecurity program, which has grown 20x over the past three years and now has over 800 students enrolled, and its implementation of the "New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant Fund" where NOVA is working with NVTC and other business-community stakeholders to identify high demand technology jobs in this region and to provide students with the credentials needed to fill those jobs.
A briefing by Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) President and CEO Ed Albrigo on CIT’s MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, the CIT GAP Funds program and its other initiatives that accelerate commercialization, support new technology startups and attract and leverage private sector investment capital. Albrigo shared that MACH 37 has launched 40 companies over the past 3 years; that the CIT GAP Funds has leveraged $416 million in private sector investment using $18.2 million in state funds; and that CIT programs have led to the creation of more than 2,000 high wage jobs across Virginia - with many more on the way.
NVTC and NOVA brief the Northern Virginia Legislative Assembly on Dec. 8.
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