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Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe Addresses NVTC Board

Terry McAuliffe, democratic candidate for Virginia governor, joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 14, at LMI in McLean for a discussion of his campaign. During the meeting, he outlined his priorities and shared his perspective on the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth. In particular, McAuliffe expressed the need to prepare the state for continued federal budget cuts by diversifying our economy and bringing new businesses to the state.

From left, NVTC Vice Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF, NVTC CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions at the May 14 meeting.
From left, NVTC Vice Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF, NVTC CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions at the May 14 meeting.

McAuliffe credited Gov. Bob McDonnell for championing comprehensive transportation legislation this year, stating that congestion in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area lead to major amounts of lost time and money. If elected governor, he stated that he would base his decisions on which transportation projects to fund on their ability to ease congestion and promote economic development. Workforce development and education are two other priorities for McAuliffe. He highlighted the need to focus on early childhood education and match the pay of teachers across the state to the national average. McAuliffe also emphasized the importance of the Commonwealth’s community colleges, calling them the “real engines of workforce development” in Virginia, and suggested that they should be given more autonomy from restrictive regulations in order to promote efficiency.

The meeting ended with a question and answer session, in which McAuliffe discussed ways to cover the gap in state funding for universities and community colleges, evaluating and eliminating taxes and regulations that are burdensome for Virginia businesses or tax incentives that are not working, and utilizing Virginia’s assets to promote growing industries like cybersecurity and big data.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli will address the NVTC Board at its July meeting and all NVTC members will have the opportunity to hear both candidates for governor discuss their campaigns and priorities on June 20 at a Tech Town Hall, co-hosted by NVTC and Microsoft.