Gov. McAuliffe endorses Alexander for mayor; announces new small business program

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Terry McAuliffe gave his endorsement of State Sen. Kenny Alexander in the race for Norfolk Mayor Tuesday.

McAuliffe and Alexander made the announcement at Work Release in the Norfolk Arts District.

The governor also announced $1 million dollars in funding to a new workforce development program. The program will pair community colleges with small businesses to improve the skills of their employees.

The governor made the announcement on Tuesday at Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus. The idea is that more educated workers will boost business growth.

Gov. McAuliffe told the following to 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox:

The key is we are now giving funding for non-credit, and allowing them to be used for existing employees of small businesses, we’ve never done that before. So if you got a business today and employees need to be retrained, and if you need money for that retraining, we are going to join up with you to make sure you can get the training.

The new program will be administered by the Virginia Community College System. It will require Workforce Development Regions, and local community colleges, to work cooperatively and closely with small businesses in their local areas.

Funding for the new program will come out of the Governor’s set aside funds in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

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