Virginia State Council

Honorary Chair: Governor Terry McAuliffe

PJ HAYNIE, OWNER, HAYNIE FARMS LLC; TREASURER, NATIONAL BLACK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

Jason Heckathorn, CEO, Forever Oceans Corporation

Susan Jennings, President, Virginia Forest Products Association

Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wayne Pryor, President, Virginia Farm Bureau

Mark Treadaway, Vice President of Business Outreach, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

David White, Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association

Dawson Williams, Director of Sales and Logistics, Turkey Knob Growers

Dr. Richard Wokutch, Professor, Virginia Tech Pamplin Business School

Dr. Van Wood, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ross Butler, President & CEO, Wanchese Seafood

Tom Capozzi, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Virginia

Zandra Chestnut, Nature's Friends

Henry Chiles, Owner, Crown Orchard

Dr. Greg Fairchild, Professor, UVA Darden School of Business

Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council

Jeffrey Ganthner, Mid-Atlantic Manager, Burns & McDonnell

David Glaize, Glaize Packing

Phil Glaize III, Vice President, Glaize Packing

Basil Gooden, Secretary, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Joe Haggerty, President & CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

Todd Haymore, Secretary, Virginia Department of Commerce & Trade


The Washington Post: Virginia businesses begin wary courtship with Cuba

After a half-century of hostilities and 13 months of detente, U.S.-Cuban business relations are at a moment of tantalizing promise and stomach-churning doubt. Stone, like others on the three-day trade

Reuters: Virginia and Cuba to sign port agreement, look to expand trade

Virginia's port authority will become the first U.S. port operator to sign a cooperation agreement with its Cuban counterpart, in an effort to increase trade and establish direct service with Cuba, Virginia's governor said on Monday. 

WTOP: VA Gov. McAuliffe heads to Cuba to announce export deals

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was headed in Cuba Sunday for a four-day visit expected to include the announcements of several export deals for Virginia products. 

The Washington Post: Virginia business becomes Cuba's largest U.S.-based agricultural exporter

Virginia’s exports to Cuba shot up to $42 million last year, allowing the commonwealth to leap past four other states to become the island’s largest source for U.S. agricultural products. 

The Washington Post: Virginia and Cuba discuss expanding trade beyond agriculture

A top Cuban trade official recently spent three days in Virginia meeting with business and government leaders eager to capi­tal­ize on normalizing relations between the United States and the island nation just off its shores. 

Q101-Norfolk/ESPN Harrisburg: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba State Council

Several Virginia leaders from across the Commonwealth joined a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group entitled Engage Cuba to launch the bipartisan Engage Cuba Virginia State Council. 

Politico Morning Trade: Virginia sets its sights on Cuba

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday the launch of the Engage Cuba Virginia State Council, a group designed to build statewide support for pro-Cuba legislation and to push members of Congress to continue former President Barack Obama’s efforts to lift the economic embargo against the island nation. 

Leaders August Free Press: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba state council

Leaders from across the Commonwealth launched on Monday the bipartisan Engage Cuba Virginia State Council. The council, which is chaired by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), will build statewide support for pro-engagement policies and urge Congress to lift the Cuban embargo that continues to disadvantage Virginia and the Cuban people.

Prensa Latina: New U.S. state council created to promote links with Cuba

The initiative, named the Engage Cuba Virginia State Council, is headed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and seeks to eliminate trade restrictions imposed on Cuba to open bilateral opportunities. 

NBC 29: Gov. announces agreement on educational exchange between VA, Cuba

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Havana allowing both institutions to work together to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines studied at both institutions.

Virginia's Champions

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act 2017

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act 2017

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8) Cosponsor of H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act of 2017 and H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8)

Cosponsor of H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act of 2017 and H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA-5) Cosponsor of H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act of 2017 and H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA-5)

Cosponsor of H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act of 2017 and H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA-2) Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA-2)

Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act