RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - Gov. Bob McDonnell will make several stops in Hampton Roads next week as part of his "This Commonwealth of Opportunity" tour.
McDonnell will appear in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake Tuesday, Aug. 13.
According to McDonnell's office, the tour will highlight successes in the Commonwealth during his administration. The successes include a falling unemployment rate and educational innovations.
"This is a Commonwealth of Opportunity," McDonnell said. "Over the past three and a half years, through bipartisan cooperation, Virginia has taken tremendous steps forward. Our unemployment rate has fallen from 7.3 percent to 5.5 percent and is the lowest in the Southeast, and far below the national average. Since the beginning of our administration, Virginia has added 172,600 net new jobs. Agricultural exports have reached record highs. At the same time we've posted four straight revenue surpluses, more than doubled the state's Rainy Day Fund, and dramatically reduced the future unfunded liabilities in our pension system. State workers have received their first pay raise in 6 years. We broke a nearly three-decade long standstill on transportation funding to put in place a bold new plan that will pump nearly $6 billion in new revenue into roads and rail around the state over the next five years. We've made college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students, and added thousands of new slots for in-state students at our colleges and universities. And our K-12 system is stronger than ever with the implementation of new reforms and policies that will ensure all students get the world-class educations they deserve. In short, the last three and a half years have witnessed significant progress being made in addressing the challenges facing our citizens in their daily lives. Virginia has more jobs; Virginians have more opportunities. I look forward to traveling the state in the days ahead to see some of these successes first-hand, and to learn more about what we can continue to do in Richmond to improve the lives of all Virginians."
McDonnell's first stop will be at Sugar Plum Bakery on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach around 10:30 a.m. He will then visit Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth at 1 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., McDonnell is scheduled to make a major economic development announcement in Chesapeake. Further information about the announcement was not released.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on the governor's visit to Hampton Roads.
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