December 10, 2007
Governor Tim Kaine was out and about our area for his “Cabinet Community Day.”
It was a way for the Governor and his cabinet to reconnect with Virginians in their communities.
“You can’t do your job just sitting in the office in Richmond, you've got to get out and talk with people and learn about things going on,” said Kaine.
The day started early for Kaine and his cabinet.
They attended a bridge dedication in Fluvanna County; one he says shows the importance of safety in the Commonwealth.
“This was an example of a bridge that was built in 1931 that really no longer was safe. We didn't feel confident in its safety and that was the motive for building this new bridge,” said Kaine.
From there the governor and crew headed for the University of Virginia, Stopping first at the ribbon cutting of the student built eco-friendly home, then off to a lunch and history lesson at the Miller Center for Public Policy.
Next Governor Kaine made his way to the grand opening of the new Virginia Work Force Center in Albemarle County; a new “one-stop” place for job seekers and employers.
“I just think it's a tremendous opportunity for both he and us to kind of display things that are going on out here in the local areas,” said Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd.
Kaine said, “Somebody can come here and know that they are going to get the services that they need. We have state government, local government, non-profit organizations, federal programs, all under one roof. So it's a perfect place for people to come if they need to upgrade their job skills.”
Kaine was also in Greene County where he visited a tree farm.
He said that visit was significant because agriculture and forestry are still the biggest industry in Virginia.
He planned to emphasize what his administration is doing to keep that business booming.
Governor Kaine and his cabinet concluded the Charlottesville Community Day with an open reception at James Madison’s Montpelier.
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