Governor Northam announced that Virginia has been designated by CNBC as “The best state in which to do business.”  Virginia leads the other 49 states in that prestigious category.  Governor Northam told those in attendance at the new MARS Payload Processing Facility at Wallops that the designation was the result of long time efforts by government and business leaders in Virginia.  The Governor said that facilities like Wallops bring billions of dollars in economic benefits to both Virginia and Maryland.

Barry DuVal, President and CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce said:

“The number one goal of the Chamber is to make Virginia the best state for business. The acknowledgment today by CNBC is confirmation of what we believe to be true—that Virginia has returned to be the top state for business as a direct result of pro-business policies that are supported by public policy makers and the business community.” 

Gil Bland, President and CEO, Urban League of Hampton Roads said:

I applaud the initiatives and collaboration of our state leadership, legislature, state agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and businesses (both large and small) of achieving this wonderful recognition. This achievement is also a well-deserved tribute to our broad and skilled workforce. As importantly, I am excited about Virginia’s continued economic growth potential as a result of the recently announced investment initiatives by the Governor to promote a more diversified and inclusive economy for all.” 

Nathaniel Marshall, Chairman, Virginia Board of Workforce Development said..

Virginia’s top ranking is a testament that the Commonwealth is a great place for businesses and the workers they employ. The Commonwealth’s strategic focus on expanding job training opportunities for our workforce and supporting market innovation is invaluable to the growth of the automobile industry. This support is exemplified by Volvo Group’s recent announcement that they will invest nearly $400 million to expand their heavy-duty truck manufacturing facility in Dublin, Virginia and position the facility and union-represented workforce for long-term growth.”