Gov. McDonnell announces statewide Town Hall tour

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell will hit the road in August to hold eight town hall meetings around the Commonwealth. The tour will kick off in Roanoke on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The "Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future" events will allow Virginians to speak directly with Virginia's governor about the issues facing the Commonwealth. The governor will also spend a portion of each town hall discussing his efforts to make government smaller and simpler, privatize Virginia's state run ABC stores, and create good jobs statewide.

In addition to Roanoke, "Virginia Speaks" town halls will be held in Norfolk, Chester, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, Harrisonburg and Danville before concluding in Bristol on Aug. 31.

Discussing the "Virginia Speaks" statewide tour, Governor McDonnell noted, "I've served in elected office for 18 years. During that time I have consistently found that the best ideas don't come from Richmond, they come from Virginians in communities statewide. We are focused on reforming state government to make it simpler, smaller and more efficient. To best accomplish this goal we must hear from the citizens who own that government, and who deal with it on a daily basis. That's why we are launching the 'Virginia Speaks' statewide town hall tour. It's your government, and we want to know how we can make it work better for you."

The governor will be joined at each town hall by a number of cabinet secretaries and Administration officials. In addition to the sites of the official "Virginia Speaks" events, the governor will be traveling to a number of other Virginia cities and counties during this same time period. Details of the governor's public events for each week will continue to be released through the Friday weekly public schedule.


August 4, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Roanoke
    Roanoke County Administration Center
    Board of Supervisors Board Room
    5204 Bernard Drive

August 9, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Norfolk
    Old Dominion University
    Webb University Center – Hampton/Newport News Room
    4201 Hampton Blvd.

August 19, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Chester
    Cultural Center of India
    6641 Ironbridge Parkway

August 24, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Fredericksburg
    University of Mary Washington
    Lee Hall – Room 412
    1301 College Avenue

August 25, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Fairfax
    Northern Virginia Technology Council Auditorium
    2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 300

August 26, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Harrisonburg
    James Madison University
    East Campus Dining Hall – Montpelier Room
    800 S. Main Street

August 30, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Danville
    Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
    Great Hall
    150 Slayton Ave.

August 31, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Bristol
    Bristol Public Library
    J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room
    701 Goode Street