Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds will be speaking to the Potomac Officers’ Club at a “Stare-and-Compare” event next week on September 10th (click here to register), and they recently spoke to ExecutiveBiz. Here’s ExecutiveBiz’s “stare-and-compare” of the Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates.
Q: How do you plan to make Virginia a more business friendly state?
- Bob McDonnell: I think it starts with making sure we keep taxes and regulation and litigation low, strong right to work laws and great universities. That's the foundation of a business friendly environment.
- Senator Creigh Deeds: My plan to jump-start our economy starts with job creation, specifically in the transportation arena where we need people and skill sets ranging from engineers to construction workers to everything in between.
Q: How do you plan to protect Virginia’s government contracting jobs?
- Bob McDonnell: I think it really starts with tremendous political pressure or communication with our legislatures from Virginia in making sure that they are doing everything that they can in order to help Virginia stay strong and competitive and to keep these Virginia jobs here.
- Creigh Deeds: I'm going to work closely with Congressmen from both parties because this is above Democrats and Republicans, it's about Virginia.
Q: How do you plan to secure Virginia's IT infrastructure from cyber attacks?
- Bob McDonnell: I've done some of that as Attorney General. We've passed a number of new laws…mostly at my request that really help to protect the industry. We've spent a lot of time creating a task force with some of the large IT companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, MySpace and AOL to look at ways to reduce the opportunity for both cyber crime
- Creigh Deeds: As Governor I'm going to work with the Obama Administration to develop a Virginia specific cyber security strategy that involves private partners as well as VITA and the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness.
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Greg Baroni, a well-known DC government contracting executive, has been gone for ten months. What’s he been up to? Check out the first portion of our two-part interview with Greg here to find out. Part one of the video version is available here.
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ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (the entity that distributes domain names and IP addresses), will be asked by Congress to submit to direct US government control. ICANN is currently administered as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), an administrative system mixing public and private control. In a letter to Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce, dated August 4, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Henry Waxman says “Rather than replacing the JPA with additional JPAs or Memoranda of Understanding that expire every few years, we believe the time has come for a permanent instrument to which ICANN and the Department of Commerce are co-signatories.“ Click here for more.