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McDonnell Speaks at Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon

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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 education.

McDonnell was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon Monday afternoon in Albemarle County.

"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 Forum.

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," McDonnell said.

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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