CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- At Tuesday’s event held in the University of Virginia Batten School, Virginia Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones talked to students about ways to grow Virginia's economy in the coming years. One of the ways he says Virginia can do that is by investing in energy infrastructures like natural gas pipelines.
During his talk, Jones mentioned five themes he thinks will help Virginia's economy grow, including infrastructure. He said natural gas pipelines, like the hotly-debated Atlantic Coast Pipeline, are actually good for the state, because it makes Virginia more appealing for potential new businesses.
“Natural gas is a game changer when it comes to energy costs for both existing business and attracting new businesses,” said Jones. “The most attractive regions, localities, cities - urban, rural towns, will be those places that can credibly say to a potential employer ‘yup, you can get access natural gas from our hometown.’”
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will stretch more than 500 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia and into the Carolinas. Since the pipeline was proposed, landowners in Augusta and Nelson counties have resisted the project, pointing to environmental and privacy concerns.
Also during Tuesday’s talk, Jones told the Batten School that talent is the number one thing to grow an economy.
He says having a talented workforce means more businesses will want to call Virginia home.