January 4, 2017
Dear Delegate:


On behalf of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and our approximately 1,000 member companies and organizations, we would like to wish you a productive and successful 2017 legislative session. Please find NVTC’s 2017 Legislative Agenda enclosed with this letter.

As the largest technology council in the nation , NVTC represents members and business leaders who are focused on the broad business climate of Virginia. Our members are some of the largest employers in the Commonwealth and include many of the most successful technology companies in the world, as well as hundreds of promising small and growing entrepreneurial enterprises. NVTC advocates for policies and investments that drive competitiveness and economic strength, grow our technology workforce, and provide the infrastructure necessary to power the technology and innovation ecosystem.

NVTC recognizes that much of the 2017 legislative session will be devoted to addressing Virginia’s budget shortfall. Ongoing economic uncertainty and state revenue challenges underscore the importance of continuing to invest in programs and initiatives that will drive technology research, innovation, commercialization, and high wage jobs in key areas where Virginia has existing strength and the most opportunity to compete globally. Specific areas in the short and long term include data analytics, cybersecurity, personalized medicine and health technologies, unmanned systems and data storage and warehousing. These sectors provide synergies that can substantially differentiate Virginia’s expertise and capabilities and drive our economic growth, innovation and competitiveness.

We maintain a full-time presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session. If there is anything we can do to help you this session, or any feedback we can provide, please feel free to contact NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi, NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy, or Myles Louria of Hunton & Williams. Their contact information is attached.

Thank you in advance for your considerationof NVTC's 2017 Legislative Agenda. We look forward to working with you this session and hope we can count on your support.

Sincerely,


Bobbie Kilberg
NVTC
President & CEO





We urge you to support the objectives and priorities of our 2017 Legislative Agenda.