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Governor McAuliffe’s $2.43 Billion Bond Package to Fund Research and Economic Development Projects

Wednesday, December 9, 2015  
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Governor Terry McAuliffe will introduce his Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget on December 17th to include a $2.43 billion bond package to support key capital projects that will enhance Virginia’s technological research and economic development infrastructure.

The bond package represents the largest research-oriented capital investment in the Commonwealth’s history as well as the largest state investment in Virginia’s state parks.

The chief focus of the bond package will be strengthening research and workforce development in high-demand fields at Virginia’s four-year institutions of higher education and community colleges.

The bond package will also include funding for other key priorities like strengthening the Port of Virginia, serving Virginia veterans, enhancing Virginia’s state parks, transforming Virginia’s approach to juvenile corrections and protecting the Commonwealth’s natural assets.

Some details of the bond package include:

Building 21st Century Research Infrastructure

• $100 million over two years in competitive grants for research activities.
• An additional $40 million over two years in cash incentives for research and matching funds to secure federal grant funding.
• Funds will be directed to renovate research labs, purchase equipment and attract top talent to higher education institutions in Virginia.
• The new resources also will provide incentives for public-private initiatives and establish centers for excellence at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.
• The goal of the research component of this initiative is to put Virginia on the map as the best place in the nation for entrepreneurs to start their businesses and design the next generation of revolutionary products.


Higher Education Research and Development

• $849.6 million for projects at Virginia’s four-year institutions, primarily supporting research, building classroom capacity in STEM-related fields and addressing campus infrastructure needs. That funding will support projects including:
• Virginia Commonwealth University: Consolidate the School of Allied Health Professions, and provide labs and research space for the School of Engineering.
• Virginia Tech: Add new engineering classrooms and fund new labs and medical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
• Old Dominion University: Build a new chemistry, life science and oceanography building.
• University of Virginia: Renovate biology and chemistry facilities.
• Longwood University: Enhance the university’s science, math, engineering and technology facilities.
• $214 million for projects at Virginia community colleges, primarily building classroom capacity in the STEM-related fields, increasing classroom capacity for general education courses and addressing campus infrastructure needs, including:
• John Tyler Community College: Expand health professions, science and workforce programs.
• Blue Ridge Community College: Enhance biotechnology and bio-informatics programs.
• Lord Fairfax Community College: Expand science, health and cyber programs.

Governor McAuliffe will present his budget to the money committees of the Virginia General Assembly on December 17th. The Governor’s budget is focused entirely on making smart investments in initiatives that will directly impact his administration’s efforts to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy.

Visit the VA Bio Public Policy section for more information on the Virginia Bioscience Economy Initiative.

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