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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., has kicked off the Renew Virginia initiative, which will include legislative and executive actions to make the state a leader in energy conservation and efficiency and protecting the environment. The governor met with his economic development team and energy-related business owners at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to discuss strategies for attracting renewable energy companies to Virginia. He unveiled plans to form an interagency task force and create an energy marketing plan to attract green jobs to the commonwealth.

As part of the Renew Virginia initiative, the governor announced the following actions:

- An interagency task force for energy project recruitment will work with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to build a case for renewable energy-related businesses, and will include state agencies, university research centers, and federal laboratories based in Virginia;

- An aggressive marketing plan will be developed to promote Virginia's business case for new investments and employment-generating projects in renewable energy production and energy efficiency projects; and

- The governor's 2009 legislative package will improve energy conservation, encourage green businesses to relocate to the commonwealth and help create a customer base for those already present.

Kaine and his economic development team heard from private sector executives representing 10 energy technology firms on what Virginia needs to do to position itself as a nationally and internationally recognized state for attracting and growing green energy technologies.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine

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