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Virginia Works
Virginia Works is a series of new approaches to economic development in Virginia’s rural communities to help existing industries, promote the creation of new industry, and strengthen the communities hit hardest by changing economies. The package of carefully targeted investments is designed to create new jobs and build the foundation for a stronger future in rural Virginia.

Healthy Virginians

Scientists and health care professionals have sounded the call: Americans need to embrace healthier lifestyles, or the costs to our quality of life and our health care system will be devastating.

Governor Warner sees a role for Virginia government to play in promoting healthy lifestyles in our workplaces, our schools and among families who receive health care through Medicaid. That effort is called "Healthy Virginians."

Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS)

The Governor's Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS) initiative is aimed at troubled schools across Virginia whose performance on the SOL exams merit extra focus and help. PASS brings together academic, business and community resources in support of these schools.

Virginia Excels

Virginia aspires to be the best-managed state in the nation.  In fact, Virginia was awarded the Government Performance Project's top "Best-managed State" ranking in 2005 -- the only state to get straight A's in every performance category.

Because government is accountable to citizens and taxpayers for how their tax dollars are spent, its leaders, officials, and employees have a responsibility to conduct the affairs of government in a productive, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Citizens and taxpayers want and deserve information that will allow them to judge the effectiveness of government programs in achieving expected outcomes.

Virginia Excels serves as a portal to that information – a window into what state government does and how well it does it.

Education for a Lifetime

Governor Warner makes clear his commitment to quality education in Virginia with his Education for a Lifetime initiative. Actually a series of smart, targeted reforms, the initiative has worked to improve a number of elements within the broad spectrum that is “public education:” child care and child education; teacher retention; senior year alternatives; workforce development; higher education research, and overall accountability.

Virginia Corps

Virginia Corps is Governor Warner's effort to tap into the renewed sense of community spirit that has emerged since 9-11 by building new public service relationships and commitments. Through its Web site, Virginia Corps serves as a central clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities across Virginia, linking citizens with a wide variety of volunteer efforts, including localized initiatives on community preparedness and homeland security.

FAMIS Children's Health Insurance
FAMIS is a Virginia program that helps working families provide health insurance to their children. FAMIS stands for Family Access to Medical Insurance Security.

Commonwealth of Opportunity Tax Reform Plan

Governor Warner's Tax Reform plan served as a critical step in his efforts to bring business-like reforms to state government. Approved by the 2004 General Assembly in an historic session, the Warner tax reforms have helped make the tax system more fair for taxpayers, while also preserving Virginia's fiscal integrity and maintaining the state's Constitutional commitment to fund quality public schools.

2003 Reform Agenda

Governor Warner proposed to the 2003 session of the General Assembly an ambitious legislative agenda to reform state government. Aimed at making government more accountable, efficient and responsive, these reforms have made substantial improvements in many state processes, including the delivery of services, procurement, information technology and the budget.

Secure Virginia

In Executive Order 7, Governor Warner established the Secure Virginia Panel, whose main imperative is to improve the safety and security of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The panel's main focus is improving the Commonwealth's preparedness and response and recovery capability for natural disasters and emergencies of all kinds, including terrorist attacks.

Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness
Established by Executive Order 5, the Commission's chief task was to review the workings of state government and “separate the wheat from the chaff” by identifying essential services and resources while eliminating redundant and ineffective services. Chaired by former Governor Doug Wilder, the Commission submitted its final report to Governor Warner on December 18, 2002.

Economic Strike Force
Created by Executive Order 2 in January 2002, the Governor's Economic Crisis Strike Force exists to help Virginians in short- or long-term economic need. With the Secretary of Commerce and Trade serving as chair, the Strike Force moves rapidly to coordinate a single point of services and contacts for citizens in communities affected by an economic crisis, such as a plant closing or a natural disaster.

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Governor of Virginia - Mark R. Warner


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