“As your next Governor, I will make the top priority bringing jobs and opportunity to every region of Virginia.”
– Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell
“Whether it is getting our economy moving, creating new jobs and opportunity for all Virginians, providing excellent educational opportunities for our children, to making Virginia a leader in America’s energy independence and new green technology, Bob McDonnell will get the job done for all of us.”- Congressman Bob Goodlatte
“Bob McDonnell is for creating jobs in Virginia. Virginia has so much to offer and Bob wants to use all the resources Virginia has to offer, from the coal in west, to the oil offshore, to the dedicated and bright people that call it home. Bob knows the greatness that resides in Virginia, and with his leadership I know all of America will see it too.” – Governor Mike Huckabee
“Bob McDonnell understands that building a stronger Virginia starts with sensible policies that will encourage economic growth and job creation.”- Governor Mitt Romney
Bob McDonnell will be a jobs Governor. He understands that each and every Virginian has been impacted by this economic downturn and that people are anxious about what the future holds.
That’s why he will make his top priority bringing new jobs and greater opportunity to every corner of the Commonwealth. Bob McDonnell has bold ideas and specific proposals to help overcome the challenges Virginians are facing and get our economy moving again.
Bob is focused on growing Virginia’s economy, creating new jobs, re-training our workforce for 21st century jobs, and allowing all Virginians to achieve their dreams.
Every Virginian will benefit from Bob McDonnell’s vision of a robust private sector, more incentives for businesses that locate in Virginia, and a government that lives within its means, thereby allowing citizens to keep more of what they earn to invest and to spend as they see fit.
New Job Initiatives for Virginia
As Governor, Bob McDonnell will implement broad initiatives to help create new jobs in the Commonwealth in the years ahead.
- Expanding use of the Governor’s Opportunity Fund by roughly doubling the funding available and broadening Fund rules to allow companies that generate additional state and local tax revenue to qualify
- Appointing Lieutenant Governor Bolling to serve as “Virginia’s Chief Job Creation Officer” in the McDonnell/Bolling Administration
- Designating one Deputy Secretary of Commerce to Focus Solely on Rural Economic Development
- Providing a $1,000 tax credit per job to businesses that create 50 new jobs, or 25 new jobs in economically distressed areas
To read the full plan please visit
Spurring Growth of Small Business
Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia’s economy, accounting for 97.5% of all existing business establishments in the Commonwealth. As Governor, Bob McDonnell will continue to support policies that help small businesses, and in turn the workers they employ.
Keeping Virginia Competitive
We need to send a clear message that Virginia is open for business, with a pro-free enterprise climate that stands out because of low taxes, incentives for job creation, limited and sensible regulation, a predictable litigation climate, and a fiscally sound and efficient government that lives within its means. We must also recognize that our strong Right to Work law is a powerful magnet for business investment in Virginia and an essential tenet of worker freedom. It is now in real danger as a result of federal proposals like Card Check, which would deny the secret ballot to workers and replace contract negotiations by businessmen with binding arbitration by bureaucrats. To ensure that new jobs continue to come to Virginia, Bob McDonnell will defend our pro-free enterprise Right to Work Law, the cornerstone of our economic prosperity. And Bob will strongly oppose “Card Check” legislation at the federal level and fight to keep Virginia the best place in America to do business.
Boosting Virginia’s Tourism, Hospitality and Film Industries
Tourism and film are uniquely valuable industries during these challenging economic times. Large and small tourism-related businesses across the Commonwealth contribute significantly to Virginia’s economy, providing jobs and financial benefits. According to the United States Travel Association, USTA, in 2007 Virginia tourism contributed $18.7 billion in visitor spending, 210,000 travel-related jobs, $1.2 billion in state and local taxes, and $4.3 billion in payroll. This is not just big business either – 97% of the Virginia tourism industry is comprised of small businesses.
Making Wallops Island the Top Commercial Spaceport in America
The further development of Wallops Island Spaceport will continue to attract highly-skilled and high-paying jobs to the Eastern Shore, and in other locations around the state. In addition, it will generate millions of dollars in revenue for the region and state. Creating the top commercial spaceport in the country will also increase tourism to Virginia and boost the hospitality industry – a major economic driver in Virginia.
Economic Vision for Rural Virginia
Bob McDonnell will be a jobs Governor. He understands that most Virginians have been impacted by this economic downturn, and people are anxious about what the future holds. That’s why he will make his top priority bringing new jobs and greater opportunity to every corner of the Commonwealth – from Lee to Accomack to Loudoun County. Bob McDonnell has bold ideas and specific proposals to help overcome the challenges Virginians are facing and get our economy moving again. Many of our rural cities and counties in Virginia have been hardest hit by the economic downturn.
Ensuring Virginia’s Workforce is Among the Best in the Nation and our Children are Prepared for the Jobs of the 21st Century
Bob McDonnell will be a jobs Governor. The cornerstone of the McDonnell Administration will be an all-out effort to create new jobs and greater opportunities for all Virginians. Preparing our children for the high-demand and high-income jobs of the 21st century is vital to bringing new jobs and opportunities to the Commonwealth. This will require innovative incentives to create the best school system in America, right here in Virginia.
Making Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast
We have the unprecedented opportunity to be the leading energy producing state on the East Coast and Bob McDonnell will spend four years making that happen. Bob McDonnell’s plan for “More Energy, More Jobs” takes an “all of the above” approach to solving our energy crisis. His administration will continue to support the traditional sources of energy that provide thousands of jobs for Virginians and help keep our electricity costs fairly low. He will also expand investments in renewable energy sources and incentivize green job creation so that the future of Virginia remains bright. His plan will create thousands of jobs and bring in millions of revenue to the Commonwealth. To read the full plan please visit here.
Highlights from Bob’s Kickoff Speech
As your next Governor, I will make the top priority bringing jobs and opportunity to every region of Virginia. To every Virginian who has lost their job, to every small business owner trying to make payroll, to every retiree afraid to look at their retirement account, to every homeowner struggling to make the next mortgage payment, to every parent writing that next tuition check: This campaign is for you. This campaign is about you! To bring new jobs and greater opportunity to every region of Virginia we must first lay a firm foundation for economic recovery and for sustained economic growth. I want my children and your children to live in a Virginia where there are boundless opportunities, great jobs, a clean environment and safe neighborhoods in which they can pursue the American dream. A Virginia where the displaced Circuit City worker and all those seniors graduating from Virginia Tech, UVa, George Mason University, VCU and all our great colleges and universities in the spring are able to find that all-important job! A Virginia that creates great stories like Vellie Dietrich-Hall who grew up in the Philippines selling vegetables and firewood from a basket on her head. She immigrated here 28 years ago. And today she runs her own defense contracting business. We need new policies to create those new jobs and produce those new success stories. The days when we could rest on our laurels and just point to our rankings are past. Our Vision for Virginia must be bold and big. In the words of business writers James Collins and Jerry Porras we must set “Big Hairy Audacious Goals”. A Virginia economic revival starts with one simple question: Do our policies make starting or relocating a business and creating jobs easier, or harder? My first goal will be to make Virginia the best state in America to start and grow a small business. So we will cut out red tape to ensure Virginians can start a business in 48 hours. Virginia should be the top state in America for tourism and film production. We will set a goal of developing the top commercial space port in the country at Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore.