Tom Perriello: Job creation
Before I took office last year, I met with business leaders and economic developers in all 22 localities in the Fifth District. I knew that job creation and economic relief were the top priorities and wanted gather the best ideas from the community.
In Central and Southern Virginia we know that our economic troubles predate the current down turn and can only be solved by rebuilding America’s competitive advantage in the world. For too long our nation turned away from manufacturing, construction, and agriculture in favor of speculation and outsourcing, but Americans are finally demanding that Washington and Wall Street recommit building, making and growing things in America again. There is simply no short cut to economic recovery. We must outcompete the world.