Across the district, young people lack the education and business opportunities they need to enter the workforce, and older workers and entrepreneurs lack the connectivity needed to create virtual teams or start new businesses. The 97th District needs economic development and good jobs that fit the traditions and needs of local communities.
The General Assembly can help by:
- Creating conditions for investment in broadband internet access that connects every Virginian to the World Wide Web by allowing local governments to create the specific broadband infrastructure their local communities need. It’s time to end government subsidies for large communications firms that use government funding to build infrastructure that create corporate profits without serving communities.
- Funding local government efforts to create the other infrastructure they need to support existing businesses, including bridges, roads, water systems, and electrical grids.
- Investing in economic development grants to green businesses that create new jobs by developing and deploying renewable energy technology.
- Making sure local schools and community colleges have the resources needed to provide robust educational opportunities to all students and the workforce training required by local businesses.
The best kind of economic development program simply creates the conditions that attract entrepreneurs and lets them thrive. This includes good schools, transportation infrastructure, a sensible tax regime, recreational activities, and an environment free of discrimination.