Governor Terry McAuliffe has made Virginia's Workforce Development a priority since taking office in January 2014. Here in Virginia, many businesses are providing innovative solutions to meet this skills gap. This private-sector dedication to workforce will now have an opportunity to receive state funds to leverage their investment in our Commonwealth’s workforce development. This past summer, Governor McAuliffe announced a $900,000 initiative to provide grants targeted to close a skills gap in key industry sectors. This includes focusing on identifying areas of need for employers and educational funding to increase individuals with credentials to fit those areas of need.