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Edwards Appointed to Governor’s Rural Jobs Council


Edwards Appointed to Governor’s

Rural Jobs Council

Group to Establish an Economic and Infrastructure Policy Plan for

Rural Virginia

CREWE, VA – Jeffrey S. Edwards, President and CEO of Southside Electric Cooperative, has been appointed to serve on Governor Bob McDonnell’s newly created Rural Jobs Council. This Council will build upon the success of the Governor’s Commission on Job Creation and Economic Development and continue the Administration’s focus on Virginia’s rural communities.

On Wednesday, January 2nd, Governor McDonnell issued Executive Order 57 establishing the Rural Jobs Council. He named Lieutenant Governor Bolling, Virginia’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer, as Chair of the Council, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore will serve as Co-Vice Chairs for the group.

The membership of the Council consists of legislators and leaders of the business, manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare industries. The group will make recommendations to address the challenges to economic growth in rural Virginia and develop a statewide rural infrastructure plan, to include transportation, education and community development.

In making his announcement to create the Council, Governor McDonnell said, "I am pleased to announce that these industry leaders have agreed to serve Virginia on this newly created Rural Jobs Council. Virginia’s rural communities are the heart and soul of our Commonwealth and we must do everything we can to bring jobs and opportunity to these regions. I am confident this group will develop thoughtful recommendations and a solid infrastructure plan for rural Virginia."

Jeff Edwards exclaimed, "I am honored to be appointed to serve on the newly created Governor’s Rural Jobs Council, especially since it will focus on issues affecting the rural areas and communities that are served by Southside Electric and the other electric cooperatives within the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Responsibilities of the Governor’s Rural Jobs Council include:

 Identifying impediments to and opportunities for job creation in Rural Virginia.

 Recommending strategies to improve K-12 education and the workforce pipeline.

 Producing a comprehensive and meaningful Economic and Infrastructure Policy for Rural Virginia, and

 Making recommendations to improve the tax and regulatory environment in the Commonwealth.

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