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.
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 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
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 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
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.
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.