Saturday, August 10, 2013

Governor Bob McDonnell Announces “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” Statewide Tour

English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in .
English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Will Travel Virginia from Bristol to Machipongo to Fairfax
***Tour Highlights Virginia’s Successes During McDonnell Administration***

RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell will embark this Friday on a week-long “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour of Virginia. The tour, which begins in Salem and concludes in Leesburg, will highlight Virginia’s successes over the past three and a half years including a falling unemployment rate, rebounding shellfish industry, transportation breakthroughs, open space conservation achievements, increased agricultural exports, and educational innovations to benefit Virginia’s students, teachers and parents. The tour will take the governor, and members of the cabinet, from Virginia’s highest bridge in Buchanan County in the mountains of Southwest Virginia to a vineyard located between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean on the Eastern Shore. Along the way the tour will be stopping everywhere from Civil War battlefields to growing research universities to 21st century technology companies.

            Speaking about the upcoming tour, Governor McDonnell noted, “This is a Commonwealth of Opportunity. Over the past three and a half years, through bipartisan cooperation, Virginia has taken tremendous steps forward. Our unemployment rate has fallen from 7.3% to 5.5% and is the lowest in the Southeast, and far below the national average. Since the beginning of our administration, Virginia has added 172,600 net new jobs. Agricultural exports have reached record highs. At the same time we’ve posted four straight revenue surpluses, more than doubled the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and dramatically reduced the future unfunded liabilities in our pension system. State workers have received their first pay raise in 6 years. We broke a nearly three-decade long standstill on transportation funding to put in place a bold new plan that will pump nearly $6 billion in new revenue into roads and rail around the state over the next five years. We’ve made college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students, and added thousands of new slots for in-state students at our colleges and universities. And our K-12 system is stronger than ever with the implementation of new reforms and policies that will ensure all students get the world-class educations they deserve. In short, the last three and a half years have witnessed significant progress being made in addressing the challenges facing our citizens in their daily lives. Virginia has more jobs; Virginians have more opportunities. I look forward to traveling the state in the days ahead to see some of these successes first-hand, and to learn more about what we can continue to do in Richmond to improve the lives of all Virginians.” 

            A full tour schedule is listed below.

Governor Bob McDonnell’s “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” Statewide Tour
August 9th – August 15th

Friday, August 9, 2013

Salem - 1:00 PM
Governor McDonnell Announces Strategic Compensation Grant Recipients
Andrew Lewis Middle School Library
616 South College Avenue

Roanoke – 2:45 PM
Governor McDonnell Joins Transit Leaders for Announcement about Amtrak Service to Roanoke
Pedestrian Walkway between the Roanoke Convention Center and Hotel Roanoke
710 Williamson Road

Bristol – 5:00 PM
Governor McDonnell Visits the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
520 Cumberland St‎

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bristol – 11:00 AM
Governor McDonnell Tours Wire Tough
14570 Industrial Park Road, Suite C

Breaks – 2:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Takes Part in U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I Project Briefing
Phase I Project Site (off Route 80 adjacent to Breaks Interstate Park)
627 Commission Circle

Galax – 5:45 PM
Governor McDonnell attends Old Fiddler's Convention “Poor Man's Supper”
Felt's Park
601 S. Main Street

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blackstone –2:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Visits Virginia National Guard Units at Fort Pickett and Tours Facilities
Fort Pickett

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lynchburg –10:00 AM
Governor McDonnell Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Governor’s STEM Academy
Central Virginia Community College—AREVA Technology Center
3506 Wards Road

Lynchburg – 11:30 AM
Governor McDonnell Takes Part in Odd Fellows Road Interchange Project Briefing
VDOT Training Center—Ramey Memorial Auditorium
4303 Campbell Avenue (Rt. 501)

Danville –2:15 PM
Governor McDonnell Tours Precision Machining Center at Danville Community College
Danville Community College—Charles R. Hawkins Engineering & Industrial Technologies Building
Boswell Street

Ringgold - 3:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Dan River Plants, LLC
Dan River Industrial Park
2311 Cane Creek Parkway

Martinsville – 5:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Hosts Cook Out for State Employees
Virginia Museum of Natural History—Great Hall
21 Starling Avenue

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Virginia Beach - 10:30 AM
Governor McDonnell Visits Sugar Plum Bakery
1353 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach

Portsmouth – 1:00 PM
Governor McDonnell Participates in Conversation about Virginia’s New Restoration of Rights Policy
Tidewater Community College—Portsmouth Campus Building A
120 Campus Drive

Chesapeake – 2:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Makes Major Economic Development Announcement
*Details to be announced closer to event.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Machipongo – 9:00 AM
Governor McDonnell Tours Chatham Vineyards and Winery
9232 Chatham Road

Weems – 11:00 AM
Governor McDonnell Tours Kellum Seafood’s Oyster Harvesting, Shucking and Packing Facility
Kellum Seafood
96 Shipyard Lane

Fredericksburg – 2:15 PM
Governor McDonnell Tours Intuit and Meets with Employees
110 Juliad Court

Woodbridge - 4:15 PM
Governor McDonnell Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Veteran Issues
VFW 1503 Dale City
14631 Minnieville Road

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Alexandria – 9:30 AM
Governor McDonnell Participates in Roundtable on K-12 Education Reform
*Details to be announced closer to event.

Fairfax – 11:00 AM
Governor McDonnell Discusses Higher Education Policy Reform and the Path Forward
George Mason University
4400 University Drive

Leesburg – 12:30 PM
Governor McDonnell Makes Major Civil War Battleground Preservation Announcement
Ball's Bluff State Park
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