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Gov. McAuliffe & Technology Leaders Meet at Summit

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Governor Terry McAuliffe and technology leaders rounded up in Richmond to talk about moving Virginia forward Wednesday. The meeting of the minds follows a major technology announcement out of the state capital Tuesday.

McAuliffe met with developers and technology leaders at the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Summit. The conference tackled issues such as innovation, public access to information, and industry trends.

When McAuliffe talks about the new Virginia economy, this is what his vision looks like: "How do we move Virginia to the next level, how do we help give you the tools to be successful in the technology space? When you talk about big data, cybersecurity, those are going to be thousands and thousands of jobs in the future."

The governor also hosted a "data-thon." Government agencies were challenged to invent a new application, in just 48 hours, and then present innovations to the governor.

"We have school data, crime data, alcohol, income, tax, so we try to do one place where you can go and grab all the data,” said Tatiana Morales, senior java developer at VA ABC.

Morales says her team's concept would translate complex facts and figures into digestible and user-friendly graphs and charts.

At the conference, we also followed up with the governor on his latest technology objective, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has met criticism in the Shenandoah Valley.

"We are bringing gas from outside Virginia, so they're not quite right when they say it will increase fracking in Virginia. This is the right thing for the environment, it creates thousands of new jobs, and it provides us the ability to market around the globe to bring manufacturing to Virginia,” said McAuliffe.

Aside from the backlash within the environmental community, McAuliffe said the pipeline, once installed, will not be an obstruction to the public. He also feels it really is the right thing for the environment because it will mean lower emissions and a decrease in coal reliance.

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