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Economic Development

According to The Shenandoah Valley Partnership Program, the 20th district is the fastest growing Virginia economy after northern Virginia. However, wages, for most workers here remain stagnant at the minimum wage. We must continue to grow our economy through:

  • Agritourism to attract tourist dollars to craft beers, wineries, farms, outdoor activities
  • Exploring the production of Hemp
  • Protection of our environment – keeping the 20th - and all of Virginia protected from destruction by private companies, pipelines, oil spills
  • Bringing in industry with high wages for workers in the district

Michele will:

  • Support sustainable farms of all sizes so that they can protect our land, water, and heritage while caring for their families and employees.
  • Work closely with local restaurants, hotels, breweries, and others in the tourism industry to share the bounty and beauty of the 20th District with visitors from all over the world.
  • Encourage renewable energy, both as a resource for residents and growth industry to stimulate job creation.
  • Increase access to healthcare so that citizens can have the job they want, not the job they have to have in order to obtain coverage.
  • Work with current businesses, such as manufacturing, that have invested in the 20th District and its residents to ensure that they remain here and aren’t tempted to move operations to another locality.
  • Make bringing high-speed internet to rural communities a priority for the state so that residents can be a part of the global community and strengthen their economic and educational opportunities.

Watch this video to learn more.

Committee to Elect Michele Edwards
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