As your delegate, I will support policies that seek to expand our economy and diversify the workforce. Specifically, I will work to help make Norfolk the premier destination in our region for entrepreneurs to jumpstart their small businesses and contribute to the continued growth and economic diversification of our region.
The Commonwealth and Norfolk must continue to find ways to support entrepreneurs continued innovation and expansion. Governor McAuliffe has partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University and Junior Achievement of Central Virginia to host a Virginia Entrepreneurial Challenge for high school juniors and seniors from across Virginia. I will work with the Governor to launch similar regional opportunities for our young entrepreneurs here in Norfolk.
Second, I will work tirelessly to support the growth of small businesses in our region. Small businesses are the life-blood of job growth in America and they are the key to the economic diversification of our region. They provide the majority of all jobs in the country and over two-thirds of all new jobs since the 1970s. Norfolk has taken a stand as a city ready to support the growth of small businesses in our region. As your legislator, I will push the state to be an equal partner for our job creation initiatives.