Monthly Archives: May 2015

May is recognized as Virginia Building Safety Month

Governor McAuliffe proclaimed that May is designated as Virginia’s Building Safety Month in recognition of the critical role that the commonwealth’s building safety professionals have to ensure safe, efficient and livable buildings.

See the proclamation below:

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized: BUILDING SAFETY MONTH

WHEREAS, safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of citizens is paramount to all building professionals in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, protection is realized through the devotion and dedication of the Commonwealth’s building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, property maintenance and fire prevention regulators, design community and construction industry, who work to ensure that our buildings are affordable and safe; and

WHEREAS, Virginia building safety professionals create and influence the built environment through consensus development and implementation of the highest quality codes that are recognized as among the best in the nation; and

WHEREAS, our Commonwealth’s continuing efforts to embrace emerging opportunities for integrating sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, as well as enhanced resilience into the construction process, give us confidence that structures throughout the Commonwealth are durable and reliable; and

WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council and promoted statewide by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Virginia Department of Fire Programs to remind the public about the critical role of the Commonwealth’s building safety professionals to ensure safe, efficient and livable buildings; and

WHEREAS, “Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes,” the theme for Building Safety Month, encourages all Virginians to recognize the importance of building and fire safety regulations; and

WHEREAS, in observance of Building Safety Month, Virginians are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential services provided by Virginia’s building safety community in protecting lives and property;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe do hereby recognize May 2015 as BUILDING SAFETY MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.

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Two Virginia Regional Projects Receive Stronger Economies Together Awards

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is pleased to announce that two regions in the state have received awards through the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program. Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) received the Innovation in Regional Development Award and the Northern Neck received an award for the Development of a High Quality Plan. The awards were given in recognition of regions that have effectively implemented an innovation process or strategy to support their region’s economic SET plan.

Since its inception in 2010 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD), more than 50 regions in 28 states have utilized the SET process for regional planning. The program strategically builds and strengthens the capacity of communities in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region. In 2012, VGA and the Northern Neck received backing from the SET program to develop proactive regional approaches to economic development.

Since its involvement in the program, VGA has developed a regional plan that strategically identified assets and built on current and emerging economic advantages. Since the plan was unveiled, VGA has seen more than 360 jobs and $1.16 billion in investment in the targeted industries including advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, data and information technology, wood products and more. In addition, VGA has created a comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem aimed to cultivate, support, and expand small business development. Originally, VGA was comprised of the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Mecklenburg and the city of Emporia. Recently, the region was awarded a Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) grant to update and continue the SET process for the expanded footprint which includes Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties, and the region created the Small Business/Microenterprise Assistance Program, a comprehensive, four-pronged approach aimed to cultivate, support and expand small business development.

The four-county Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership, comprised of Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland counties, has been energized by new partners as a result of the SET process. Since it implemented the program, the region has been awarded various grants, including two from DHCD, to assist with branding, entrepreneurship efforts and a loan program for small businesses. This collaborative effort produced the first business center in the region, which opened in May 2014. The region also celebrated the formation of the Artisan Trail and Oyster Trail, a project that will capitalize on cultural and natural resources including agri- and aqua-artisans, artisans, fine arts, performing arts and heritage guilds. The Oyster Trail is scheduled to open in November 2015.

In order to maximize the program and utilize other state resources, VGA and the Northern Neck have worked closely with the Virginia coaching team consisting of staff from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tourism Corporation and USDA-RD to develop and implement their SET plans. By combining the multiple resources and support from the state and local governments, the regions have made huge strides to creating healthy regional economic plans, as well as moving forward through additional funding sources.

For more information about the regional programs and other DHCD programs, visit http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov.

Building Safety Month Proclamation 2015

WHEREAS, safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of citizens is paramount to all building professionals in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, protection is realized through the devotion and dedication of the Commonwealth’s building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, property maintenance and fire prevention regulators, design community and construction industry, who work to ensure that our buildings are affordable and safe; and

WHEREAS, Virginia building safety professionals create and influence the built environment through consensus development and implementation of the highest quality codes that are recognized as among the best in the nation; and

WHEREAS, our Commonwealth’s continuing efforts to embrace emerging opportunities for integrating sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, as well as enhanced resilience into the construction process, give us confidence that structures throughout the Commonwealth are durable and reliable; and

WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council and promoted statewide by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Virginia Department of Fire Programs to remind the public about the critical role of the Commonwealth’s building safety professionals to ensure safe, efficient and livable buildings; and

WHEREAS, “Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes,” the theme for Building Safety Month, encourages all Virginians to recognize the importance of building and fire safety regulations; and

WHEREAS, in observance of Building Safety Month, Virginians are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential services provided by Virginia’s building safety community in protecting lives and property;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe do hereby recognize May 2015 as BUILDING SAFETY MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.

Business Appreciation Month Proclamation 2015

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses play a pivotal role in strengthening our Commonwealth by embracing job creation, innovative technologies, and employing a diverse workforce to preserve the economic well-being of all our citizens; and

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses provide nearly 3.1 million jobs to our citizens throughout the Commonwealth and offer a variety of services and products worldwide; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s businesses operate in diverse industries, including advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences, tourism, agribusiness and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is currently home to more than 35 Fortune 1,000 firms and more than 70 firms with annual revenues in excess of $500 million; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of our existing businesses; entrepreneurs; small, minority and women owned businesses; and the major employers that contribute greatly to the economic recovery of our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to offer the citizens of our Commonwealth a unique opportunity to recognize Virginia businesses for the essential role they play in driving the new Virginia economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as BUSINESS APPRECIATION MONTH in ourCOMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.