Terry McAuliffe on Technology
Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair
Our sole competition for the ion collider project is the state of New York--and we simply cannot allow those New Yorkers to come down here to Virginia and take our collider project.
Soon after taking office, I launched the Virginia Cybersecurity Commission, chaired by Richard Clarke, who has advised three presidents on national security. Their continued work and diligence, coupled with the vast array of cyber assets already in the commonwealth puts us in a strong position to win the proposed federal cyber campus.
I am also working hard to make Virginia a leader in the bioscience industry. We just convened our first bioscience summit with Dr. Bob Langer, the leading MIT researcher, so that we can better coordinate and leverage our great academic and private sector assets to compete in this emerging industry. If we work together, starting today, we can succeed where others have failed before.
There is more I will do as Governor to improve our transportation system. First and foremost, I will provide more leadership as Governor on transportation planning. Rather than a laundry list approach that leaves us with dozens of projects competing for time and attention, I will lay out clear priorities.
Second, we need to incentivize regional planning and implementation of smart growth planning. Some of our transportation issues aren't the result of bad roads or transit systems; they're the result of improper or poorly planned development.
The strong anti-government sentiments of the early 1990s have subsided, but most Americans still think government is too bureaucratic, too centralized, and too inefficient.
In Washington and around the country, a second round of “reinventing government” initiatives should be launched to transform public agencies into performance-based organizations focused on bottom-line results. Many public services can be delivered on a competitive basis among public and private entities with accountability for results. Public-private partnerships should become the rule, not the exception, in delivering services. Civic and voluntary groups, including faith-based organizations, should play a larger role in addressing America’s social problems.
When the federal government provides grants to states and localities to perform public services, it should give the broadest possible administrative flexibility while demanding and rewarding specific results. Government information and services at every level should be thoroughly “digitized,” enabling citizens to conduct business with public agencies online.