Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA).
Delegate Cox has been a leader in the Virginia legislature on economic development issues. In the 2009 session, he successfully patroned legislation to increase Virginia’s competitive advantage in attracting businesses to the Commonwealth. His bill, HB 2550, provides incentives to companies, like Rolls Royce in Prince George County, to bring new jobs to Virginia. This legislation will help encourage companies that will invest over $250 million and create more than 400 new jobs in Virginia.
In his nomination of Delegate Cox, Chesterfield County Economic Development Director Will Davis cited Cox’s work on the legislation that provides incentive financing for major employment and investments projects to better position Virginia to make the infrastructure improvements necessary for job-creating economic development. “As a budget conferee, Delegate Cox has worked tirelessly to ensure that Virginia has funding in the Governor’s Opportunity Fund,” says Davis. “In an increasingly competitive environment, he has endeavored to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family through his leadership efforts on a wide variety of issues important to his constituents.”
Speaking about the award, Delegate Cox says, “It is an honor to have been named Legislator of the Year by the VEDA. I believe the work we accomplished with HB2550 will help stimulate Virginia’s economy and bring new jobs to our Commonwealth. Economic development and job creation are key issues facing Virginia today. It is essential that we provide incentives for businesses to locate in Virginia. With the provisions in this legislation, we can now better help assist localities in this difficult economic time and provide new jobs all over the state.”
Since 1982, the Virginia Economic Developers Association has been working to increase the effectiveness of activities that promote economic, industrial, and community development in Virginia. For more information on VEDA, please visit www.goveda.org.  VEDA’s leadership put the Legislator of the Year Award in place to recognize public officials who not only support economic and community development, but are actively engaged in public policy efforts that advance economic prosperity in the Commonwealth. “Delegate Cox is a strong proponent of the Commonwealth’s economic efforts,” says VEDA President Matthew James. “We deeply appreciate his commitment to advancing economic opportunities in Virginia and look forward to working with him in the future.” The 2009 award was announced at VEDA’s Fall Conference in Roanoke and will be presented to Delegate Cox at the Association’s Annual Meeting in December.
Delegate Cox has also received key endorsements for re-election in 2009. He has been endorsed by the Virginia AgPAC, the political action committee of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, as well as the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund. For his work in the General Assembly on pro-life issues, the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC has also endorsed Delegate Cox. Delegate Cox also has a Virginia FREE 87% favorable voting record – one of the highest percentages noted. Virginia FREE is an independent association committed to strengthening Virginia’s business environment.