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NOVA President, Board Chair appointed to GO Virginia Regional Council for Northern Virginia

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Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls and NOVA College Board Chair Todd Rowley are among 28 members appointed to serve on the GO Virginia Regional Council for Northern Virginia. The council consists of local leaders representing education, economic development, local government, non-profit and large and small business, and will help identify projects to compete for GO Virginia economic development funds. Ralls will represent the education sector and Rowley, who is the NOVA College Board chair and also a senior vice president for Cardinal Bank, will represent the large-business sector.

Adopted by the Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, GO Virginia is a business-led, bipartisan initiative aimed at providing a new framework for strengthening the economy in each region of the state through collaboration among members of the business, education and local government communities.

The Northern Virginia Regional Council is tasked with identifying, reviewing and prioritizing projects focused on the economic future of Northern Virginia. Projects will be funded by the Commonwealth’s GO Virginia initiative in partnership with other private- and public-sector entities across the region. Council members will also initiate the development of a regional economic development strategy.

Council members were recruited and vetted by a committee of Northern Virginia business, education and economic development leaders established through the efforts of the Coalition of Northern Virginia Chambers. The steering committee was chaired by Matt McQueen of Northrop Grumman, with support from Vice Chairman Kerry Donley of John Marshall Bank.

“I could not be more pleased with the outcome of the steering committee’s efforts. We have assembled an incredible group of leaders from across Northern Virginia who bring a unique skillset and understanding of what it will take to strengthen the region’s economic vitality into the future,” McQueen said. “I would like to thank members of the steering committee for their hard work to ensure that those recommended for the council represent a diverse and powerful set of leaders in industry, academia, non-profit and government.”

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

About GO Virginia

GO Virginia is working to regain Virginia’s position of economic leadership by growing and diversifying the state’s economy. The focus is the creation of state financial incentives, technical support, and other assistance that will encourage collaboration on private-sector growth and job creation by business, education, and government in each region through strong private-sector growth, collaborative growth in Virginia’s diverse regions and state government as a catalyst and partner with a positive impact through innovation, investment, improvement, invention and infrastructure. For more, visit http://www.govirginia.org/

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.