McDonnell Speaks at Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon
Governor Bob McDonnell
Governor Bob McDonnell is
in the last few months of his term and Monday, he spoke to people in central Virginia
about his accomplishments, including job creation, transportation, and
McDonnell was the keynote
speaker at the 2013 Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon Monday afternoon in
"I think history, when we
look at the long term, will look toward his work in transportation and
agribusiness and increasing agricultural exports throughout the world will
really be his legacy," said Neil Williamson, president of the Free Enterprise
As he gets ready to end
his term as Virginia's governor, McDonnell says the issues are still the same
as when he began.
"It's still what the
average American family, Virginia family, talks about when they are sitting
with their kids at the dinner table and that is how do we create a better
American dream for them," he said.
McDonnell broke down what
he's done to drive that dream in Virginia.
"It's how do we create
more jobs, better roads, better schools, more access to universities, keeping
our infrastructure strong and well and maximizing the amount of freedom people
have to do what they want in our country," he said.
At the annual luncheon, McDonnell
talked to hundreds of business and community leaders about the state of the
commonwealth. He spoke on issues such as the Transportation Funding Act and
progress in education. He emphasized the importance of job creation and
economic development to keep Virginia competitive.
"The stronger the private
sector is to create jobs and opportunity, the less money government has got to
spend on the social safety net and healthcare and transportation and criminal
justice because people are going to be working and providing for their families,"
The governor also stressed
investment in promoting Virginia's resources around the world. He has taken
nine international trips so far during his term.
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