2016 Advocacy Positions

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Comprehensive Planning  |  Economic Development  |  Economic Growth  |  Education

Military and Veteran Affairs  |  Regionalism  |  Tourism  |  Transportation  |  Workforce Housing

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Comprehensive Planning

Updated comprehensive plans have been adopted by the three jurisdictions.  

  • The Alliance will monitor ordinance development flowing from the comprehensive plans. 
  • The Alliance supports efforts to coordinate the timing of the comprehensive planning process in the three jurisdictions, so that businesses and citizens can participate in comprehensive planning.

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Economic Development

The Alliance supports :

  • Efforts of the three economic development departments to work cooperatively together to attract new businesses to our area
  • Investment in infrastructure such as utilities and regional storm water management facilities and the pre-positioning of shovel-ready sites 
  • Increased resources for Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership
  • Virginia’s Right to Work laws
  • Policies and initiatives that grow and support small business
  • Redevelopment
  • Economic Opportunity Zones
  • Policies for innovation and job creation in the technology sector
  • Taxation and land use regulatory reforms that contribute to a welcoming business climate for smaller start-ups, new ventures or expansion firms 
  • An enhanced entrepreneurial culture
  • Private sector partnerships with colleges and universities to increase commercialization

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Economic Growth

Economic growth is both a natural and necessary aspect of a healthy economy.  The Alliance believes “balanced growth” is the proper course for the Greater Williamsburg area. The Alliance does not directly support individual business propositions.  Rather, it supports:

  • Types and location of growth that advance the area’s well-being
  • Growth initiatives that promote enhancements to and a bolstering of our area’s quality of life  
  • The recommendations of the Historic Triangle Collaborative Economic Diversification Study as defined in its August 2010 and February 2015 reports
  • Creation of good jobs within our community to strengthen our collective ability to grow and prosper
  • Efforts to expand employment opportunities consistent with quality of life expectations   
  • An Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation system that is effective for all stakeholders

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Education

The Alliance supports: 

  • Early childhood education programs
  • Amendments to the Standards of Quality  to expand funding 
  • The requests of the College of William & Mary and Thomas Nelson Community College, as they are provided to the General Assembly
  • Initiatives at the state level to create a more comprehensive, unified system of publicly funded universal employment and training services  
  • Initiatives to provide workforce development education and training that enables businesses to achieve their goals 

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Military and Veteran Affairs

The Alliance supports:

  • Our military and defense installations and communities
  • Efforts to maintain and protect area bases by mitigating the effects of potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Legislative efforts in the General Assembly that benefit active duty personnel and their families and state services to our veterans
  • Veteran job transition efforts and increased educational opportunities for military families
  • Cyber security infrastructure

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Regionalism

The Alliance supports:

  • Efforts by all organizations and government bodies to act regionally in matters that can affect the quality of life
  • Efforts to maximize efficiencies in the delivery of public services, including education, transportation, public works projects, environmental oversight and public services

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Tourism

The Alliance supports:

  • Increased funding to and the efforts of the Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee (WADMC) 
  • Increased state funding to the Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Increased investment in tourism at the local level and innovation and expansion by the tourism drivers of our area, including  major attractions and other entrepreneurial initiatives  
  • The “Labor Day” law regarding the opening of the school year for public schools
  • Development of an indoor multi-use sports facility within the greater Williamsburg region to drive sports tourism
  • International marketing for tourism and business relocation and expansion

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Transportation

The Alliance supports:

  • Maintaining funding of the 2014 legislation to expand Interstate 64 between Interstate 295 and the Jefferson Avenue exchange in Newport News
  • New funding for Interstate 64 to Richmond
  • Improvement of intercity passenger rail service from Newport News to Williamsburg with continuing service through Richmond to Washington D.C.  
  • The development of high speed rail
  • Improved and expanded use of technology to improve infrastructure
  • Additional commercial air service at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
  • Funding for highway maintenance structures and upgrades

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Workforce Housing

The Alliance supports:

  • The development of housing opportunities that offer a variety of housing options at a variety of price points in both the owner-occupied and rental markets 
  • Appropriations to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund in order to create and preserve affordable workforce housing opportunities in the Commonwealth
  • Employers assisting workers to obtain affordable housing with local lender financing, and business support of non-profit sector housing activities
  • The creation of incentives that spur workforce housing projects 

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