WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, September 12, 2022, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) hosted a roundtable discussion with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Ronald Reagan Institute Director, Roger Zakheim on manufacturing competitiveness in Virginia. The goal of this roundtable was to discuss efforts needed on a state, local, federal, private, and public level to work together to revive U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in areas critical to national security and bolster the defense workforce. Participants in this roundtable included defense and manufacturing leaders, state and federal government representatives, and thought leaders.
“Virginia is uniquely critical to our nation’s security – for the Commonwealth, national security is economic security. All direct defense spending within Virginia has ripple effects across the entire Commonwealth’s economy. We must continue to prioritize innovation and competition to provide economic opportunities and growth for Virginians. This roundtable discussion was a crucial initial step toward working on a whole-of-government and cross-industry approach to ensuring Virginia remains a leader in manufacturing competitiveness, built on a strong and vibrant workforce. I look forward to the direct initiatives yesterday’s conversation will contribute to in the future, and I am grateful to the Reagan Institute, Roger Zakheim, Governor Youngkin, and all of the participants for joining this roundtable discussion,” said Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01).
“The Commonwealth of Virginia holds a vital role in bolstering U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and it's a key priority of my administration. I want to thank the officials and legislators who worked on the Reagan Task Force report and convened yesterday to address our workforce shortages, industrial capacity, supply chain resilience, address any deficiencies and brainstorm solutions for the betterment of the Commonwealth. Virginia is home to important defense contractors and more have moved their headquarters to the Commonwealth in the last year. Together, we can grow the Commonwealth's defense economy and enhance Virginia's defense manufacturing capabilities,” said Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.
“Last year, the Reagan Institute convened a task force to tackle one of the biggest national security issues facing the United States: our domestic manufacturing competitiveness. That task force produced a series of policy recommendations in our report, ‘A Manufacturing Renaissance.’ To ensure both our economic prosperity and our national security, we must work across all levels of government and all sectors of society to maintain our competitive edge. Yesterday’s roundtable, which showcased an exceptional group of members of Congress, senior government officials in Virginia, policy experts, and leaders from defense and technology companies, helped connect these different key stakeholders and drive solutions,” said Roger Zakheim.