What We Do

The Secretary of Technology and its agencies are responsible for the efficient and effective use of information technology to simplify government operations, advance technology applications to improve public services, and drive the innovation economy through the Commonwealth's leadership.

The Secretary of Technology oversees the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA), the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as an auxiliary to the IEIA, and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).


Governor McAuliffe Named NGA Chair, Unveils Cyber Initiative
July 18, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially became the new chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today at the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was named vice chair.

At the session, Gov. McAuliffe unveiled his 2016-2017 chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, which places states at the center of finding solutions to the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats facing the nation. The primary goal of the initiative is for states to develop strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks, health care, education, public safety, energy, transportation, critical infrastructure, economic development and the workforce.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
June 24, 2016

“Having competency-based registered apprenticeships provides Virginia with yet another tool to leverage as we work to strengthen our pipeline of high-quality, industry-ready cybersecurity professionals,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. "Introducing registered apprenticeship occupations in an industry sector like cybersecurity that has not traditionally employed apprentices will boost the ability of young adults and career switchers to attain in-demand skills and even earn industry certifications and college credits while simultaneously working full time and earning wages.

Governor McAuliffe’s commitment to increasing registered apprenticeships in IT and cyber security led to a recent launch of a VDOLI administered program that provides fiscal incentives of up to $1,000 a year for related instruction costs. Companies hiring IT or cybersecurity apprentices are eligible for the incentive.” 

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USDA Hosting Rural Health Funding Summit to Help Secure Rural Towns' Health Data and Raise Funds

July 7, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Virginia Rural Development office will host the Virginia Rural Health Funding Summit the 23rd of September. This event is designed to identify the IT and infrastructure funding needs of rural healthcare providers while connecting those providers with possible funding resources. The goal of this event is to expand health funding to rural hospitals and clinics throughout Virginia by helping rural healthcare providers leverage the full suite of USDA and HHS programs at their disposal. Visit the following link to learn more.

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2016 Virginia MS ISAC National Poster Competition Finalists

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has conducted the 2016 national K-12 poster contest, engaging young people by creating posters to encourage other young people to use the Internet safely and securely. The top three Virginia winners from each grade group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be entered into the national competition.

2016 Star of the Sea School Aiden 5th Grade
2016 Dalton Intermediate Alice 7th Grade
2016 Osbourn Park HS Chris 11th Grade
2016 Christ Chapel Academy Noah 5th Grade
2016 Dalton Intermediate Mercy 8th Grade
2016 Islamic Saudi Academy Lama 12th Grade
2016 Sudley Sophia 5th Grade
2016 Hamilton Holmes Middle Raine 8th Grade
2016 Islamic Saudi Academy Lojain 12th Grade
2015 Christ Chapel Academy - Naana 8th Grade
2015 Christ Chapel Academy - Joel 10th Grade
2015 Christ Chapel Academy - Abigail 11th Grade

Virginia is for Cybersecurity

There are 39 Virginia-based firms on the Q2 2015 Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies.

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RSA 2016 Interviews - Secretary Karen Jackson | March 8, 2016

Along with Gov. McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson also showed up at RSA 2016 to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, Terry Roberts was able to get some comments from her on the trending topics from this year's conference.


Governor McAuliffe Signs Senate Bill 286; viewing of visual displays while vehicle is being operated autonomously

June 9, 2016 Governor McAuliffe signed SB 286 that allows for the viewing of a visual display while the vehicle is being operated autonomously. Current law only allows equipment with a visual display of a television broadcast or signal if the equipment's interlock disables when the motor vehicle is driven. This pro-legislation will further promote Virginia's stance on unmanned systems and continue to build an innovative and technologically advanced economy.

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Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and Simulation reports prepared by The ASTA Group, LLC. Click on the links below to read more on each report as well as analysis by region of M&S across the Commonwealth. 


Broadband 

Governor McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia want to know if you are online. If you are in need of internet service please take a moment to answer a few questions regarding your need. Responses will be mapped and shared with policy makers to stimulate broadband policy and funding discussions throughout the remainder of the administration.

Take the Survey and See Results


Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas

For many Americans, daily life orbits around a high-speed Internet connection. Workers and students go online to communicate and learn. Families stay in touch through live video feeds. Job seekers often need an electronic resume and an email address for applications. Smartphones put maps, social networks, and video streams in people’s pockets. The American economy has gone digital. Continue Reading

 

DNG Brings Broadband to Underserved Eastern Shore through Technology & Innovation

Declaration Networks Group (DNG), headquartered in Vienna, VA, is utilizing publically-funded fiber networks to extend broadband services through use of innovative technology. DNG’s dynamic high-speed Internet solutions are currently being delivered to the underserved Eastern Shore of Virginia. Under the brand name, NeuBeam™, the company offers a fixed wireless service that uses a blend of unlicensed spectrum including TV White Space. This innovative technology approach enables DNG to provide broadband to previously unserved/underserved communities at connection speeds that rival fiber.
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Event Spotlight


GMU STEM Summer Camps


 

July 15 - August 19 (Weekly Classes)
George Mason University is hosting weekly Summer classes for middle and high school students. Classes range from 3D printing and robotics to Coding, Drone Security, and many more STEM related classes.

View and Register for STEM Summer Camps


PreCollege Cybersecurity Program


 

June 11th to August 20th 
Hands-on intensive Precollege Cybersecurity program prepares middle and high school students to apply technical skills in cybersecurity careers. 

Students take courses focused on cybersecurity for two years, or 8 quarters, for 10 weekends in each. At the end of the two years, they will then complete an internship in the field of cybersecurity while still in high school.

Best of all, no background is necessary in technology, we will provide all foundation!

View more information on the PreCollege Cybersecurity Program


RamHacks (VCU Software Development Competition)


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September 17-18
RamHacks is a 24-hour competition that is open not only to the most hardcore coders and programmers, but also college students that are programming beginners. With rentable hardware as well as mentors on stand-by, people from all walks of life will be able to compete in order to generate the best software within the time-limit. (Registration limited to currently enrolled college students)

http://ramhacks.vcu.edu/


Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

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In response to the increasing demand for skilled STEM workers in Virginia, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP links companies and students in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology, including high-need areas such as Information Technology, Information Security, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity. We invite companies offering paid opportunities for STEM interns majoring in these important areas.

http://csiip.spacegrant.org/


Code for America's Fellowship Program

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Code for America's Fellowship Program pairs teams of technologists with local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice. Applications for the 2016 Fellowship are now open! Use your skills to improve community and police relations, lower barriers to health services, or streamline how government purchases everything from paperclips to software. 

Curious to learn more about the Fellowship before applying? Check out all the details and see some of what the current fellows are working on.


Presidential Management Fellows Program

Community College Innovation

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for selection as Finalists to obtain appointments as PMFs in the Federal Government. Presidential Management Fellows are assigned to work in a broad range of areas including public policy and administration, domestic and international issues, information technology, acquisition, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.  This year, the PMF Program continues the STEM track pilot for those Finalists having specific advanced degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). After the application closes, Semi-Finalists will be determined and invited to participate in an in-person assessment, which will be factored into selecting Finalists. 

Complete information about the PMF Program, PMF STEM track, eligibility and how to apply can be found under the "Become a PMF" section on the PMF website at http://www.pmf.gov/ 


Virginia Broadband Survey

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Governor McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia want to know if you are online. If you are in need of internet service please take a moment to answer a few questions regarding your need. Responses will be mapped and shared with policy makers to stimulate broadband policy and funding discussions throughout the remainder of the administration.

Take the Survey and See Results

Cyber Physical Systems Summit

On September 20-22, 2016 the Commonwealth will be hosting a Cyber and Physical Systems Summit. The three day event will consist of roundtable discussions, plenary and panel presentations across the intersection of cyber and three vectors – Autonomy, Physical Systems (Mfg), and Critical Infrastructure. Participants in the Summit will engage in conversations surrounding challenges, opportunities, threats, and the associated policy and budgetary implications.

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Virginia Community College Students Collect Data for NASA Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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Photo: NASA / Patrick Black
Community college faculty and students along with the pilots observing the DJI Phantom 3 just before take-off.

Thirteen students from five Virginia Community Colleges can now add unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and NASA to their resumes thanks to their work on a sea level rise study for NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  The students recently completed four-days of fieldwork at NASA Wallops in which they planned and conducted UAS missions, analyzed data, and prepared a report for NASA.

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Technology Achievements


EO-8 Launching "Cyber Virginia" and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission
EO-39 Reestablishing "Cyber Virginia" and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission
EO-43 Establishment of the Unmanned Systems Commission
ED-5 Securing Consumer Transactions
ED-6 Expanding Cyber-Related Risk Management Activities
Governor McAuliffe Announces Partnership to Create Cybersecurity Employment and Education Opportunities in Southwest
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strengthen the
Governor McAuliffe Launches Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge
Governor Terry McAuliffe today launched the 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge, a competition inviting citizens, students, and government teams from across the Commonwealth to come together to create innovative workforce solutions.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Data Analytics Initiative to Connect Job Seekers to Jobs
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the Open Data, Open Jobs initiative to better connect job seekers with job opportunities. The Open Data, Open Jobs initiative provides a new open data set of available jobs in Virginia to equip innovators,
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
Governor McAuliffe announced yesterday at the National Governors Association’s Talent Pipeline Policy Academy that for the first time in Virginia history, businesses have the opportunity to stand up registered apprenticeships for cyber security
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Private Sector Sponsorship for MACH37 Cyber Accelerator
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has agreed to participate as a Platinum Sponsor of the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator program. This significant public-private collaboration will help launch new cybersecurity
Governor McAuliffe Announces 2016 Research Commercialization Awards
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today $3.4 million in funding to support 48 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards representing targeted areas of promising research commercialization, including cybersecurity, energy, data
Governor McAuliffe Announces Crowdsourcing Initiative to Map Broadband Access in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today a new statewide initiative to better understand where Virginia has the largest gaps in broadband coverage. The Governor announced the initiative at a ceremony to sign House Bill 912, which clarifies and
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive to Leverage the Use of Shared Data and Analytics
Governor Terry McAuliffe this week signed Executive Directive 7 to leverage the use of shared data and data analytics among state agencies to improve services and outcomes, maximize the use of resources, and increase the return on investment of
Governor McAuliffe Announces Initiatives to Develop Unmanned Systems Technology for Aviation and Energy
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced initiatives that will further develop unmanned systems technology to strengthen the new Virginia economy, with an emphasis on unmanned aircraft systems.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Tidewater Community College’s designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
Governor McAuliffe announced today that Tidewater Community College is the latest Virginia institution to be named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of
Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Council on Women Announce the 5th Annual STEM Essay Contest Winners
Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 5th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Recognition by White House Workforce Program
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia is one of the newest members of the TechHire initiative, a White House program that aims to meet national employer demands by partnering with states and localities to create sustainable pathways
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Marketing Mission and Attend RSA Cyber Conference 2016 in San Francisco
Today Governor Terry McAuliffe and officials from his administration departed for a marketing mission to San Francisco to attend RSA Conference 2016, the largest information and cyber security conference in the world. The Governor and the Virginia
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Ranked Second in Nation for Procurement Practices
– Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked second in the nation in the Governing Institute’s inaugural Procurement Survey of the States. The rankings recognize states for technological innovation,
Governor McAuliffe Announces 100 High-Tech Jobs in Arlington County
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that San Francisco-based Shift Technologies (Shift) will invest $20 million to establish its first East Coast operation in Arlington County. The project will create 100 new, high-tech jobs and is a direct
Governor McAuliffe Helps Open Visa Cyber Fusion Center in Northern Virginia
Governor McAuliffe joined Visa officials to launch the new Visa Cyber Fusion Center today in Ashburn. The Center is a secure facility that enables rapid cyber threat detection and centralized command and control for cyber operations. The launch
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Historic Marketing and Collaboration Mission to Cuba
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he will lead a historic marketing and collaboration mission mission to Cuba from January 3-6, 2016.
Virginia ABC Wins Top Best Practices Award from Alcoholic Beverage Industry Publication
Readers who pick up the November/December issue of StateWays magazine will see six smiling Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) employees on the cover. Agency staff headlined the publication because their work helped Virginia ABC
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Funding for MACH37 Cyber Accelerator
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today a significant new public-private partnership that will speed the launch of new cybersecurity products and companies in Virginia, leading to new jobs and revenue. General Dynamics Mission Systems will now
Governor McAuliffe Announces Funding for Key Cybersecurity Priorities in Next Biennial Budget
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that his two-year budget will include significant funding to boost Virginia’s cybersecurity industry through strategic educational investments. Governor McAuliffe made the announcement at the Commonwealth
Governor McAuliffe Announces Updates to the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today updates to the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal that uses key metrics and outcomes to track the performance of Virginia’s innovation economy.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Lord Fairfax Community College’s designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
Governor McAuliffe announced today that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have officially designated Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Chief Executive for the Center for Innovative Technology
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the selection of Ed Albrigo as the next President and Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Innovative Technology.
Virginia Cyber Security Research Leading the Way Towards Safeguarding the Nation’s First Responders
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the promising results of a collaborative public-private initiative to explore the safeguards needed to protect Virginia’s citizens and public safety agencies from cyber security attacks targeting automobiles.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Technology Award Winners
The annual Governor’s Technology Awards were presented to honorees in nine categories at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond on Sept. 9.
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protocol
Today Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 6 to strengthen the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity measures in order to protect personal information and sensitive data through the expansion of cyber-related risk management activities.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cybersecurity Boot Camp for Virginia Educators
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that 20 high school teachers from around Virginia will receive hands-on instruction in cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methods on July 27-31, 2015 at James Madison University (JMU).
Governor McAuliffe Announces 2015-16 Data Internships
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia state government and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business will again work together on data re-engineering internships to explore the use of data to improve the effectiveness
Governor McAuliffe Announces Submission Period Open for Technology Awards Nominations
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe today officially invite nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Technology Awards.
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Launching Unmanned Systems Commission
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 43 today, establishing the Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission to bring public and private sector experts together to make recommendations on how to make Virginia the national leader in unmanned
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Partnership to Make Virginia a Leader in Automated-Vehicle Industry
Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a new effort to make Virginia a leader in researching and developing automated-vehicle technology. The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles have entered into a new
Governor McAuliffe Announces Research Commercialization Awards
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling more than $2.8 million to fund targeted areas of promising research and commercialization, including advanced manufacturing,
Governor McAuliffe Announces Initiative to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing a public-private working group to explore the technology needed to safeguard Virginia’s citizens and public safety agencies from cybersecurity attacks
Governor McAuliffe Announces Completion of Spring 2015 Research Collaborations with NASA Langley Research Center
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center Applied Sciences’ DEVELOP Program has completed two projects in Virginia designed to support the Commonwealth’s wine
Governor McAuliffe Announces Recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Public Service
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the recipients of the Governor's Public Service Awards at a ceremony today at the Executive Mansion recognizing state employees who have demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to the Commonwealth of
State Tax Department Mobile Application Wins National Honor
The Virginia Department of Taxation has won a national award for a new web application that streamlines the way it works with business owners to provide customer service and settle outstanding debts. Developed in-house, the new mobile collectors
Governor McAuliffe joins George Mason University to Launch Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined George Mason University (GMU) President Ángel Cabrera on Thursday to launch the university’s Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, a multidisciplinary center that will pursue some of the toughest
Governor McAuliffe Hosts Forum on Biosciences, Big Data and Analytics
Governor Terry McAuliffe today kicked off the Governor’s Forum on Bio and Big Data/Analytics, calling for business, academic and regional partnerships that will position the Commonwealth as a global leader in the high-growth bioscience sector.
Governor McAuliffe Announces State Action to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing the Nation’s first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).
ADVISORY: Governor McAuliffe and Cabinet to hold ‘Cabinet on the Road’ Events in the Shenandoah Valley Click here for a detailed advisory with a list of events for April 6th and 7th
On April 6th and 7th, Governor McAuliffe and members of his cabinet will travel to the Shenandoah Valley to meet with local business leaders, elected officials, and community members. These meetings will center around regional concerns,
Governor McAuliffe’s Communication to the General Assembly at Adjournment
I am pleased to write to you at the conclusion of a legislative session that has been marked by substantive bipartisan cooperation and meaningful progress on the priorities that matter most to the families we serve. When I delivered my State of
Governor Announces Series of Cyber Security Town Hall Meetings
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Cyber Security Commission will host a series of five town hall meetings across the Commonwealth. The town halls are designed to both inform the public on the work of the Commission and also
Governor Announces Partnerships to Leverage Public Higher Education for Economic Development
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia’s public institutions of higher education renewed and expanded their commitment to economic development. College and university leaders signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the
State Agencies Respond to Winter Storm
The Commonwealth continues around the clock response to the recent severe winter weather. The storm dropped as much as 12 inches of snow in some parts of the state, leaving Virginians with snow-packed, icy roads and very low temperatures for the
Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency for Winter Storm Response
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today, an action that authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the winter storm that is sweeping across the commonwealth today through tomorrow morning and is
Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Council on Women Announce the 4th Annual STEM Essay Contest
Today Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the 4th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Education Legislation at Norfolk Technical Center
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today a series of legislative proposals aimed at expanding economic opportunity across the Commonwealth by improving Virginia’s educational system and addressing issues ranging from daycare facilities to building a
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting Virginia’s Coastal Resources
Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Order continuing the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, a network of Virginia state agencies and local governments designed to protect the natural and economic assets located within
Governor McAuliffe Announces 349 New Jobs in Appomattox County
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Lindenburg Industry, LLC, a subsidiary of a Chinese-owned corporation, will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing operation in the Town of Appomattox in Appomattox County.
Governor McAuliffe Announces 376 New Jobs in the City of Petersburg
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that UniTao Pharmaceuticals LLC has purchased the Boehringer Ingelheim plant in the City of Petersburg, and will invest $22.5 million to establish operations. UniTao is a subsidiary of Shanghai-based Tenry
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