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Governor McAuliffe Announces Updates to Virginia Flood Risk Information System
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced updates to the Virginia Flood Risk Information System (VFRIS), an online tool for Virginians to view and assess their flood risk and to help communities plan for resiliency.
Governor McAuliffe Announces $700,000 in Remediation Grants to Support Restoration of Brownfield Sites
The VBAF was established to provide either grants or loans to local governments to promote the restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems or obstacles to reuse in an effort to effectively market for new
Governor McAuliffe Announces Grant to Restore Richmond’s Historic Third Street Bethel AME Church
Governor McAuliffe today announced a more than $400,000 grant from the National Park Service to restore the historic Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will partner with church trustees to
Governor McAuliffe Announces Record Attendance for Virginia State Parks in 2016
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia State Parks attendance in 2016 hit a record-high 10,022,698 visitors, which was a 12 percent increase over 2015.
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Solar Project in Sussex County
Governor McAuliffe today announced the permit for a new solar facility to be built in Sussex County. The project, under development by Sappony Solar, will use traditional photovoltaic solar modules to produce 20 megawatts (MW) of renewably generated
Governor McAuliffe Announces $500,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the fiscal year 2017 farmland preservation grant recipients. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation has awarded a total of $500,000 to six
Governor McAuliffe Announces 40MW of New Solar Capacity in Virginia
Governor McAuliffe today announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia. The first, a 20 megawatt (MW) facility under development by Coronal Development Services, will sit on approximately 275 acres in
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Reaches Goal to Protect 1,000 Natural and Historic Treasures
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth has reached its goal protecting 1,000 Virginia Treasures for the enjoyment of generations of Virginians and visitors to come. The milestone comes fewer than 18 months after the
Joint Press Release: Governor McAuliffe and Partners Announce the Largest Natural Resources Settlement in Virginia History
Today Governor Terry McAuliffe joined with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to announce that
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor McAuliffe Celebrates National Park Service Purchase of Werowocomoco
Governor McAuliffe today celebrated the National Park Service’s acquisition of Werowocomoco, the former capital of the Powhatan Chiefdom and the presumed site of Captain John Smith’s first meeting with the leader Powhatan and his daughter,
Governor McAuliffe Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced November is Virginia Oyster Month in the Commonwealth. The month of November is an excellent opportunity for visitors and Virginians to experience fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters from Virginia's
Governor McAuliffe Announces Chesapeake Bay Data Added to Virginia’s Open Data Portal
Governor McAuliffe today announced decades of Chesapeake Bay-related data will be added to the Commonwealth’s Open Data Portal (data.virginia.gov), while speaking at the Commonwealth Data Analytics and Humanities Summit at William & Mary.
Governor McAuliffe Unanimously Re-Elected as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council
Governor Terry McAuliffe was re-elected today to serve another year as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Utility-Scale Solar Project in Clarke County
Governor McAuliffe announced today a permit for a new solar facility to be built in Clarke County. The Clarke Solar Farm, under development by Hecate Energy, will house 20 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, enough to power to several thousand
Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Natural Bridge as Virginia State Park
Governor Terry McAuliffe today officially opened Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County. Conveniently located 45 minutes from Lynchburg and Roanoke, the Commonwealth’s 37th state park is notable for its unique geology and range of
Governor McAuliffe Announces $6.42 Million in Land Conservation Grants
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced 23 Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) grants, totaling $6.42 million, to support projects that will help shield 7,037 acres of at-risk land from development.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Fall Stewardship Virginia Campaign
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Stewardship Virginia, a statewide campaign to encourage and recognize voluntary activities with a tangible impact on Virginia’s natural resources, continues this year with events across the state. The
Governor McAuliffe Announces Utility-Scale Solar Project in Northampton County
Governor McAuliffe announced today that Hecate Energy, LLC has received a permit for a new utility-scale solar facility to be built in Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia. Once complete, the 20-megawatt “Cherrydale Project” will provide
Governor McAuliffe Announces Utility-Scale Solar Project in Buckingham County
Governor McAuliffe announced today a permit for a new solar facility to be built by Firestone Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Virginia Solar. Once complete, the 19.8-megawatt project will be the first utility-scale solar generator of its kind in

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