GO Virginia, a campaign initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) and the Council on Virginia’s Future to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government, was launched on July 28 in a series of events throughout the Commonwealth.
Business leaders made the announcement at news conferences in Norfolk, Richmond, Danville, and Blacksburg, where they were joined by senior state and local officials, education leaders, and representatives of business and economic development organizations from across the state.
Leaders of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates attended the events and expressed support for the GO Virginia initiative, including Senate President Pro Tempore Walter Stosch, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, Senate Democratic Caucus Leader Donald McEachin, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his support for the effort as well.
GO Virginia has identified five ways that state-funded incentives can have a significant positive impact on private-sector growth through innovation, investment, improvement, invention and infrastructure.
“GO Virginia is a strictly incentive-based and voluntary initiative that is going to rely on funding from growth revenues, re-purposed dollars, and efficiency savings,” said John O. “Dubby” Wynne, the retired president and chief executive officer of Landmark Communications and chairman of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “We propose NO new taxes, layers of government, mandates, or changes in local authority. We want to make government more efficient and reduce Virginia’s dependency on public-sector jobs, and that is why we are concentrating all our energies on helping private enterprises in each region grow.”
The coalition plans to provide more details about specific legislative proposals in the coming months. VACo will continue to monitor and report on specific proposals that emerge. Learn more about Go Virginia at www.govirginia.org.
VACo Contact: Erik Johnston, CAE