Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam Addresses NVTC Board

On September 12, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, Democrat candidate for Virginia Governor, highlighted his campaign’s policy issues in a presentation to the NVTC Board of Directors at the Inova Center for Personalized Health.

Lt. Gov. Northam discussed his priorities for Virginia, which are centered on driving economic growth in the Commonwealth. Vital to helping companies grow and attracting new companies, according to Northam, is the development of a highly-skilled workforce to fill 21st century jobs in emerging technology fields like biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Northam stressed the critical role K-12 schools, universities and community colleges, and certification and apprenticeship programs will play in the development of this new workforce, calling for more higher education funding, a last-dollar tuition program for students seeking credentials in high demand jobs in exchange for a public service commitment, and increased collaboration among academic institutions and the private sector to develop earlier pathways and skills training for the careers of the future.

Northam highlighted other key factors for growing the Virginia economy, including increased investments in transportation and Metro, government reform to improve efficiency, and establishing centers of excellence in health, cybersecurity and IT to promote innovation and collaboration across the Commonwealth.

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Virginia gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Ralph Northam addressed the NVTC Board on September 12.

Northam responded to questions from Board members, discussing how comprehensive immigration reform could help attract and retain top talent in the U.S. He also indicated he supports comprehensive tax reform and will bring experts together as governor to come up with a tax system that is fair, responsible and competitive. Northam addressed the importance of ensuring Virginia continues to grow as an inclusive place to learn, innovate and do business and stressed the need for new healthcare policies that improve care and access, and reduce costs.

Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for Virginia Governor, presented at the NVTC Board of Directors meeting on July 11.