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Bob McDonnell sworn in as Virginia’s 71st Governor

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(Richmond)-  Virginia officially has a new governor. Saturday afternoon,  Bob McDonnell became the first Republican Governor to take office since 2002 and the first to take the oath in Richmond in 8 years.

On a beautiful January day in the Commonwealth’s capital, McDonnell pledged to work to bring “opportunity to all”, a pledge that will be a challenge given the current economic conditions.

We had the Inauguration covered from every angle on NBC12-TV and NBC12.com

*To see our recap of the event click here.

*To see our in-depth look at the upcoming McDonnell Administration click here.

*To see our look back at Governor Tim Kaine‘s Administration click here.

*To read the full text of McDonnell’s address click here.

The McDonnell Administration wasted no time getting to work. The new Governor signed two executive orders moments after he took the oath. There are as follows:

Executive Order # 1- Establishing the Chief Job Creation Officer and the Governor’s Economic Development and Job Creation Commission

Executive Order # 2- Establishing the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

The full release with details on both orders can be found after the jump.

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Governor McDonnell Signs First Executive Orders
— Executive Order Number One: Establishing the Chief Job Creation Officer and the Governor’s Economic Development and Job Creation Commission —

Executive Order Number Two: Establishing the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

RICHMOND – Immediately after taking the Oath of Office today as 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell signed Executive Order Number One and Executive Order Number Two. The complete text of both executive orders can be found below.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER ONE

Establishing the Chief Job Creation Officer and
the Governor’s Economic Development and Job Creation Commission

Importance of the Issue
Economic opportunity and free enterprise is the bedrock of a stable and prosperous Commonwealth. Virginia is home to abundant resources, fiscal responsibility and boundless human potential, and the entrepreneurial spirit is evident throughout this great Commonwealth. However, in light of the unprecedented economic difficulties facing Virginia families and business, the unacceptable high unemployment rate, and the ever increasing competiveness of the global economy, bold and innovative ideas are necessary for the Commonwealth to address this significant challenge. The following measures are the first crucial steps to promoting economic recovery and job creation in Virginia.

Chief Job Creation Officer
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, there is hereby established the position of Chief Job Creation Officer within the Office of the Governor, whose primary responsibilities will be to help coordinate all economic and workforce development and job creation initiatives across the cabinet secretariats and their respective agencies; actively assist with recruiting new industries and job creation opportunities in the Commonwealth; oversee and ensure that all agencies are working together in a coordinated, focused and efficient manner to attract new business, expand existing businesses, and create jobs across the Commonwealth; and all other duties and responsibilities as determined and assigned by the Governor.
The Chief Job Creation Officer shall serve as and be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor for a term coincident with that of the Governor making the appointment or until a successor is appointed.

Governor’s Economic Development and Job Creation Commission
In furtherance of my commitment to economic development and job creation in the Commonwealth, and by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, including but not limited to Section 2.2-134 of the Code of Virginia, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby establish the Governor’s Economic Development and Job Creation Commission (“Commission”) and direct it to begin work immediately.
The Lieutenant Governor, as the Chief Job Creation Officer, shall serve as Co-Chairman of the Commission along with a senior level advisor appointed by the Governor. The Commission shall include the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources, Transportation, Technology, Finance, Education and Administration, or their designees. The Commission shall also include up to 50 citizens of Virginia representing a cross segment of industry and business sectors, including small and rural businesses. All agencies, as deemed necessary by the Chief Job Creation Officer, shall participate and provide assistance as requested. In addition, I reserve the authority to designate any other such citizens as I deem appropriate to sit on the Commission.

The Commission shall have the following responsibilities:

1. Identify impediments to and opportunities for job creation;
2. Review how other states and foreign countries are attracting jobs and how Virginia could replicate and improve upon those initiatives;
3. Review the agencies’ role in job creation and make recommendations on how those efforts can be better coordinated to ensure unparalleled efficiency and effectiveness;
4. Make recommendations on new investments and changes to the tax and regulatory environment in the Commonwealth to maintain and increase the Commonwealth’s standing as the best place to do business in the United State of America; and
5. Evaluate the current programs and investments designed to develop the workforce and attract and retain businesses in Virginia, and make recommendations on their effectiveness and need for improvement.
6. Assist the Cabinet and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to identify and target industries and businesses to recruit to Virginia.

The Commission shall be organized into the following subcommittees reflecting key economic development priorities for the Commonwealth:

1. Business recruitment and retention
2. Economically challenged regions and localities
3. Energy research, exploration and production
4. Small business
5. Tourism and film marketing
6. Real estate and construction

The Commission shall coordinate its efforts with the Office of Education, Virginia’s institutions of higher education and relevant Governor’s commissions and task forces addressing workforce development and training.

Staff support for the Commission shall be provided by the Office of the Governor, including staff for the Chief Job Creation Officer, the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the various other secretaries and their agencies represented on the Commission, and such other agencies as may be designated by the Chief Job Creation Officer. All executive branch agencies shall cooperate fully with the Commission and shall render such assistance as may be requested by it.

An estimated 2,000 hours of staff time will be required to support the commission. Such funding as is necessary for the term of the Commission’s existence shall be provided from sources, including both private and appropriated funds, contributed or appropriated for purposes related to the work of the Commission, as authorized by Section 2.2-135(B) of the Code of Virginia. Direct expenditures for the Commission’s work are estimated to be $15,000, exclusive of staff support.
The Commission shall provide its first report of recommendations and action items to the Governor no later than October 16, 2010. The Commission shall thereafter provide periodic supplemental reports setting forth additional recommendations and actions items, and reporting on agency progress implementing the Commission’s recommendations adopted by the Governor.
Pursuant to Section 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, the Commission shall remain in effect for a period of one year, unless extended by the issuance of a new executive order for a period not to exceed one additional year.

Effective Date of the Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 16th day of January, 2010.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER TWO

Establishing the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

Importance of the Issue

The Commonwealth of Virginia, like the rest of the nation, faces unprecedented budgetary challenges and increasing demands for core public services. Citizens and businesses residing in Virginia are entitled to a limited and effective state government. Revenues collected from Virginia taxpayers must be spent in the most efficient manner possible. It is incumbent on those charged with providing government services to protect the public from harm and theft, educate our citizenry, foster economic opportunity, provide necessary infrastructure, preserve fundamental rights and perform other essential functions in a manner that avoids duplication, delay and unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy. To ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides the aforementioned core services utilizing the most cost effective methods available, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive, systematic and ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness and need for the state’s existing agencies, governing bodies, programs, and services. This comprehensive review will make certain that duplicative, outdated, unnecessary and ineffective services and service delivery methods are eliminated and that state revenues are dedicated to the core functions of government.

Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, including but not limited to Section 2.2-134 of the Code of Virginia, and subject always to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby establish the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring (“Commission”).

The Commission will conduct a thorough review of Virginia state government:

• Identify opportunities for creating efficiencies in state government, including streamlining, consolidating, or eliminating redundant and unnecessary agency services, governing bodies, regulations and programs;
• Explore innovative ways to deliver state services at the lowest cost and best value to Virginia taxpayers;
• Seek out means to more effectively and efficiently perform core state functions, including potential privatization of government operations where appropriate, and restore focus on core mission oriented service; and
• Examine ways for state government to be more transparent, user friendly and accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The Commission will consist of up to 20 citizen members appointed by the Governor and serving at his pleasure. The Governor shall designate a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from among the citizen members. Three members of the Virginia House of Delegates and two members of the Virginia Senate shall also be invited to be members. The Secretaries of Administration and Finance, and the Vice-Chair of the Council on Virginia’s Future, shall serve as ex officio, non-voting members of the Commission.

The Commission will submit reports to me of its findings and recommendations no later than July 16, 2010. The Commission shall submit a final report of its activities and recommendations by December 1, 2010. I direct all executive branch agencies and institutions to cooperate fully with the work of the Commission.

Staff support as is necessary for the conduct of the Commission’s work during the term of its existence shall be furnished by the Office of the Governor, the Offices of the Governor’s Cabinet Secretaries, the Department of Planning and Budget, and such other executive agencies as the Governor may designate. An estimated 2,000 hours of staff time will be required to support the commission on an annual basis. Such funding as is necessary for the term of the Commission’s existence shall be provided from sources, including both private and appropriated funds, contributed or appropriated for purposes related to the work of the Commission, as authorized by Section 2.2-135(B) of the Code of Virginia. Direct expenditures for the Commission’s work are estimated to be $15,000 annually, exclusive of staff support.

Effective Date of the Executive Order

This Executive Order shall become effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect until January 16, 2011, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 16th day of January, 2010.

Written by Ryan Nobles

January 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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