I remember when Lou Gerstner joined IBM years ago. The company was a tad dysfunctional during this period - focusing on products of years gone by instead of embracing the new world around them. Sound familiar? Lou corrected course by focusing IBM on what was essential and shredded investments in non-profitable businesses. I remember at one meeting Lou told us the wind was at our back if we concentrated on what's important and tell the story - one message spoken by many voices. Isn't it time for our local communities and the state to do the same? Fossil fuels and tobacco are gone. So is N&W, Advanced Auto, Dan River Mills, Lane, Bassett Furniture and a host of others locally. In NOVA - Government contracts will fall to the same fate over time. We are blessed across the Commonwealth with excellent schools, incredible innovation, a well-educated workforce, and an incredible blue-collar work ethic. The possibilities are endless if we have one message spoken by many voices across all of Virginia focused on nurturing and building the infrastructure required to build and sustain the tech economy. There are many incredible ideas, intellectual property and start-ups across the state already but to break through the noise, a laser focus is needed in terms of commitment, marketing, and resolve to make it happen statewide and not just in NOVA.
One message – many voices.