Northrop Grumman invests $200 million in Waynesboro, creates 300 new jobs

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global aerospace and defense technology company, will establish a new advanced electronics manufacturing and testing facility in Waynesboro.

Northrop Grumman will invest over $200 million in the state-of-the-art facility which will create more than 300 jobs upon completion over the next five years.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Waynesboro to secure the project for the Commonwealth.

Governor Youngkin also approved a $8.5 million grant from the Opportunity Fund to assist Waynesboro with the project.

Northrop Grumman will also receive support from the Virginia Talent Accelerator program to expedite the start up process with recruitment and training services at no cost to the company as an incentive for job creation.

Governor Youngkin said, “Northrop Grumman’s expanding Virginia footprint sends a powerful message that the Commonwealth is a magnet for investment underpinned by a next-generation workforce. This global leader’s cutting-edge facility in Waynesboro will provide job opportunities that attract and retain high-quality talent and create a transformational ripple effect for the entire region.”

To view the Governor’s full announcement, click here.

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Manufacturer will expand in Virginia

Governor Glenn Youngkin has announced that Ross Industries Inc., a manufacturer of commercial food production machinery, will invest $7.5 million to enlarge its current facility in Fauquier County.

The company will build a new 24,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing structure to increase its product assembly capacity.

In addition, Ross will invest in next-generation robotic fabrication and manufacturing technologies.

The completion of the project will create 24 new jobs.

Virginia sales tax holiday begins Friday

Governor Glenn Youngkin is reminding Virginians that this weekend is a sales tax holiday.

Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 20th through 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 22nd.

During this time, residents can purchase items in stores, online, by mail order, and by phone without sales tax.

Some of the items that are eligible for the tax holiday include:

  • Qualified school supplies, clothing and footwear
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products purchased for personal use
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products like generators, chainsaws, and other emergency items will also be eligible

Governor Youngkin said, “As Virginians continue to face inflation and high prices, Virginians will receive some needed tax relief this weekend. This sales tax holiday is an important measure to help Virginians keep more of their hard earned-money when purchasing essential school supplies, hurricane preparedness items, and clothing.”

A link to the full lists of qualified items and more details on the tax holiday are available here.

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$1.3 million in funding allocated to Virginia’s battlefields

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Friday that more than $1.3 million in grant funding will be allocated to protect over 200 acres of historic battlefield land throughout the Commonwealth.

Eight projects will receive funding this year through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund.

The battlefields were selected based on rankings from Congress’s Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and with consideration to their proximity to already protected lands, the threat of development, and potential for education, research, recreation or tourism.

Some of the projects include the installation of new signage, development of educational tours, and increasing accessibility.

Preservation of battlefields also protects agricultural properties, water quality, wildlife habitats, and provides recreational spaces in urban areas.

You can visit one of our local battlefields this weekend during the 159th reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown.

For more information on the grants distributed by the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund, click here.

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Governor Youngkin recommits to Virginia vets

Governor Glenn Youngkin repeated his commitment to Virginia’s veterans with the celebration of  the extended tax-exemptions for military retirement pay through Virginia state budget.

After enacting a state tax exemption for military retirement pay in 2022, this expanded benefit will apply to all military retirees regardless of age and takes effect beginning January 1, 2024.

The Governor noted that after commendable years of service and sacrifice, our Virginia veterans deserve the best treatment.

Youngkin went to say he is working to make Virginia the number one state in America for veterans and military retirees to live work and raise a family.

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VA. creates the Chronic Absenteeism Task Force

emergency funding for homeless

Governor Youngkin has announced the Chronic Absenteeism Task Force.

This Task Force is a  key in the ALL IN VA plan to accelerate the learning loss recovery by addressing Attendance, Literacy and Learning.

The Task Force is a response to a near doubling of chronic absenteeism in Virginia classrooms.

They will help develop resources and distribute action plans for school divisions to address absenteeism rates across the Commonwealth.

Nearly one in five students are missing over 10% of their school year.

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Early General Fund revenues exceed forecast by $204.8 million

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the general fund revenues are ahead of forecast by $204.8 million.

The 3% increase compared to August of 2022 demonstrates a strong economic position for the Commonwealth.

Among the major revenue sources, corporate income tax revenues have exceeded forecasts.

Virginia also saw its highest labor force participation rate since November 2012.

Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings pointed out that, “It is too early to draw conclusions about full year revenue collections… The next two months will provide a better indication of Fiscal Year 2024 revenue trends.”

A link to the full August revenue report is available here

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Affordable broadband coming to more of Virginia

Governor Youngkin announced yesterday, Friday, September 1st,  the release of his plans for closing the digital divide.

The plans outline the strategies for connecting Virginians to high-speed, affordable broadband.

It will allow Virginia to access its $1.48 billion federal allocation to deploy high-speed internet to areas without broadband.

The 5-Year Plan falls under the Federal Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.

These funds will be prioritized to reach the unserved homes, businesses and community anchors in the Commonwealth that do not yet have broadband. 

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Election Officers needed in Virginia

Governor Youngkin is urging Virginians to sign up to be election officers in November.

Thousands of citizens are needed each year to serve as election officers, or poll workers, to ensure accurate and secure elections.

All Election Day polling locations and early voting locations need Officers of Election for every day that they are open.

To become an officer, you must be a qualified voter in Virginia.

Early voting begins Friday, September 22nd with election day November 7th.

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Express lanes open on 95

Traffic Update

Governor Youngkin is celebrating the opening of the 10 miles of Express Lanes to Fredericksburg later this year.

The 670 million dollar project was a partnership between VDOT and TransUrban broke ground in 2019.

The 10 mile toll lanes expanded 95 and 395 Express lanes from Washington DC to Fredericksburg with additional access to Route 17 through Court House and Russell Roads.

These high occupancy lanes will help reduce traffic congestion in one of the most congested regions nationwide. 

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