Congressman Riggleman Speaks On Microsoft's Investment in Southside Virginia

May 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Denver Riggleman spoke on the House floor today and gave a 1-minute speech about Microsoft's recent investment in Southside Virginia.  Microsoft recently named Southern Virginia as one of six TechSpark regions in which they will work with businesses, startups, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to address technology challenges in the region.  Microsoft will invest over $5 million to build the SOVA Innovation Hub, which will be located in downtown South Boston, Va.


Congressman Riggleman's speech can be viewed here and a full transcript of his remarks is below.


Thank you, Madame Speaker.

I rise today with some great news for the residents of my district, the 5th district of Virginia.

Southern Virginia was selected as Microsoft’s newest TechSpark community.  The goal of the TechSpark program is to accelerate economic growth through expanding broadband connectivity, career pathways, and digital transformation.

This $5 million investment has the potential to be a game changer for Southern Virginia and this project partners perfectly with the work I have been doing in Congress on providing rural broadband and increasing economic opportunities in Southside.  

Private investment is always encouraged, but we also need to use public-private partnerships to expand access to broadband.

Communities in my district are in desperate need of broadband access and this investment in South Boston will be an example of how we can encourage innovation and spur economic growth that will help families around the country.