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Dem Govs Get It Done: Infrastructure Investments Lead to Largest Job Creation Commitment in Southwest Virginia in a Generation, Gov. Ralph Northam Announces

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Gov. Ralph Northam announced yesterday that the Commonwealth’s investment to upgrade infrastructure in Wythe County has led to a major joint venture commitment to invest $714 million, create 2,500 new jobs, and return manufacturing of personal protective equipment from Asia to Virginia.

“This is about investing to bring jobs back to the United States from overseas and doing it right here in rural America,” said Gov. Northam. “This can be transformational for all of Southwest Virginia.”

The investment will represent the largest job creation in Southwest Virginia in a generation, a number per capita equivalent to Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington.

Throughout his term, Gov. Northam has worked to improve infrastructure in Southwest Virginia. The Commonwealth is investing $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to deploy broadband infrastructure to unserved areas, putting Virginia on track to be one of the first states in the country with universal broadband service. Virginia invested $8.5 million in water infrastructure upgrades to the Progress Park industrial site to secure the project. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball says the project shows “how important infrastructure is to attracting and retaining companies.”

Over eight years, Democratic Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam have made successful investments to attract businesses and create jobs, leading to Virginia’s ranking as the best state for business in the country.

“Democratic governors continue to secure investments and create jobs for Virginians,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “Govs. Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe before him have made immense progress on improving the lives of Virginia families. Glenn Youngkin wants to undo that progress by instituting unpopular, uninclusive policies that would turn businesses away. Gov. Northam is leading Virginia’s booming business economy — and we look forward to electing Terry McAuliffe to continue this success.”