Saturday, May 21, 2016

A vision for our region's future

Friend -- 

During yesterday's debate, I spent some time laying out my vision for what I believe Hampton Roads' future can look like if we partner together.

This election isn't about one person -- it's about our future as a region. Some say we need a fresh start. I say we need fresh ideas. Here are just a few opportunities for our future that I am excited about:
  • First of all, look at the incredible cyber work happening here at Joint Staff South. I believe we have the resources, personnel, and potential for this region to become the "Silicon Valley" of cyber.
  • You've heard me talk about hypersonics, which could be America's new "Sputnik" moment for the 21st century. The aeronautic engineers we have right here at NASA Langley can meet this challenge -- and we will help them.
  • As we speak, the Panama Canal is preparing to double its capacity. And Hampton Roads -- home to a natural 50-foot shipping channel and two Class-1 railroads -- stands ready to receive this economic activity. Let's light up our ports with my 414 Plan to build roads, and with partnerships to grow the businesses moving into our region. We can be the shipping destination of choice on the Eastern seaboard.
  • Hampton Roads sits on a potential goldmine in innovation. Let's turn our home into the nation's epicenter for unmanned systems -- in the air, on the seas, and under the seas -- for all the services and for commercial industry.
  • And, last but not least, shouldn't it be here, our home, where we will rebuild America's Navy to the 350 ships our national defense needs? Because -- I believe -- so goes America's Navy, so goes America.
I'm excited about what we can do together to grow this region and build a future for Hampton Roads as the epicenter for national defense for the country. Building this vision for our future takes partnerships and working shoulder-to-shoulder with one another. Your partnership is important to me. If you believe in this vision -- join me today.

Yours in service,


P.S. If you believe in what I stand for, and want to be part of this vision for building a future for Hampton Roads, would you consider making a donation today? We only have a few critical weeks left until the primary on June 14th. Make a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1000 today to if you're standing with me.

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