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Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments

December 14, 2017

Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced his selections for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Secretary of Natural Resources. Matt Strickler will join the administration as Virginia’s next Secretary of Natural Resources. Bettina Ring will become Virginia’s next Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

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Governor McAuliffe And Senator Warner Launch ‘Virginia Is For Entrepreneurs’ Initiative

December 11, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner today announced the launch of the Virginia is for Entrepreneurs  initiative, an effort to better match entrepreneurs with potential investors across regions, backgrounds and industries. V4E’s first initiative will feature a standardized online application to better link entrepreneurs with more than 50 investment firms and potential funders to help launch or grow their Virginia-based businesses. 

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Opioid And Mental Health Budget Actions

December 11, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that his 2019-2020 biennial budget will include $76 million to help combat the opioid epidemic and improve behavioral health treatment.

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McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive 14, Announces Budget Actions To Address Virginia’s Teacher Shortage

December 11, 2017

Governor McAuliffe today announced a series of budget actions and signed a new executive directive to address Virginia’s growing teacher shortage. Budget actions include both new investments and budget language targeting teacher recruitment and retention, and the directive asks the Virginia Board of Education to issue emergency regulations giving colleges and universities the option to offer undergraduate majors in education.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces $6.5 Million In Grants To Support Crime Victims In Virginia

December 8, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $6.5 million in federal grant funding to localities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies to provide support for essential programs and services in all aspects of Virginia’s criminal justice system. This funding will help criminal justice agencies and other organizations protect their communities and schools, respond effectively to crimes against women, support critical services for victims of domestic crimes, and improve the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system.

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Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments

December 8, 2017

Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced additional appointments Governor’s Office and Cabinet, including naming Jennie O’Holleran as Policy Director, Carter Hutchinson as Deputy Policy Director, and Matt Mansell as Legislative Director. Rushawna Senior will join as a Senior Policy Analyst. 

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McAuliffe, Jackson Jointly Recognized As The SANS Institute’s 2017 “Difference Makers” Award Winners

December 1, 2017

The SANS Institute has recognized Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson jointly as one of their 2017 “Difference Makers” Award winners for their work on cyber security.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Students Awarded $140,000 In Cyber Security Scholarships

November 29, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia students have been awarded a total of $140,000 in cyber security scholarships as a result of their participation in the SANS Institute CyberStart online cyber security skills aptitude pilot program.

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AG Herring Files Court Brief Protecting Women’s Access To Contraception Coverage

November 28, 2017

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief opposing the Trump Administration's decision to roll back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. 

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McAuliffe Announces CIT-VITA Partnership To Link Technology Companies With State Government

November 28, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Center for Innovative Technology has partnered with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to research, share and evaluate businesses who have made advancements in information technology that may be of value to state government.

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