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MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor McAuliffe to host summit on rural prosperity

Media invited to attend two-day summit, keynote addresses and panel discussions.

RICHMOND, VA – Media members are invited to attend the annual Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity, hosted by the Virginia Rural Center on “Connecting Rural Virginia to the Global Economy” September 26 and 27.

The two-day summit will feature a keynote address by Governor Terry McAuliffe and panel discussions with subject matter experts in cybersecurity, economic development, trade policies, entrepreneurism in Virginia, infrastructure investments and Virginia’s fiscal future.

Interview opportunities will be available with the Governor, administration officials and members of the General Assembly.

Economic development officials, elected officials, business and community leaders, local government officials, trade organizations and policymakers from across the Commonwealth will be in attendance.

The summit takes place at The Tides Inn, located at 480 King Carter Drive in Irvington. Media are invited to attend all or some of the summit. Key events and agenda items include the following:

September 26

11:45 a.m. – Lunch and keynote speaker, Governor McAuliffe, who will be available for media interviews following his address. Also available for interviews following the summit kick off include:

  • Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., Chairman of the Center for Rural Virginia

  • Senator Frank Ruff, Chairman of the General Assembly’s Rural Caucus

  • Secretary Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce and Trade

  • Secretary Basil Gooden, PhD., Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

2:30 to 3:40 p.m. - Infrastructure Investments to Grow Rural Virginia’s Global Economy panel discussion.

3:50 to 5 p.m. – How Rural Virginia is Leading the way on the GO Virginia Initiative panel discussion.

September 27

7:15 to 8:15 a.m. – Breakfast and keynote speaker, Rita McClenney, President of the Virginia Tourism Commission, on rural Virginia as a global destination.

9:45 to 11 a.m. – Competing with the global economy for workforce panel discussion.

11:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Cybersecurity as a growth industry for all of Virginia panel discussion.

12:30 to 2 p.m. – Lunch and featured conversation on Virginia’s fiscal future and what it means for rural Virginia with money committee members.

RSVP to Stephanie Heinatz at or 757.713.2199. Please note what portions of the summit you plan to attend and any requirements for filing stories from the summit.

For more information about this event, visit


The Virginia Rural Center is a collaborative partnership of the Center for Rural Virginia and the Council for Rural Virginia, which work together on a joint mission to work with policymakers and stakeholders to create innovative solutions and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to ensure economic prosperity for all regions in the Commonwealth. The creation of the Center was a recommendation of the Rural Prosperity Commission, created by the General Assembly in 2000. Learn more about the Center and Council at

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