Speaker-Designee Kirk Cox Receives Prestigious Awards

RICHMOND, VA–Speaker-designee Kirk Cox received two prestigious awards this past week. Cox is the recipient of the Legislator of the Year award from Richmond’s technology community and the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce on May 10th and May 11th, respectively.

Speaking about his awards, Delegate Cox said “I’m honored to be chosen for these two awards. A strong economy is one of many issues important to the people of the 66th district, and I work each day to help make that a reality.”

Cox received the Legislator of the Year award at the annual RVA Tech Gala at the Convention Center. Cox was chosen for this award due to his support of the technology field. In 2015, Cox carried a budget amendment for Lighthouse Labs, a non-profit, mentor-driven startup acceleration program connecting promising founders with proven mentors, investors, support services, working space and lean startup education to move from idea to viable high growth venture in three months. Cox’s efforts helped lead the San Francisco Chronicle to name Richmond as one of the top 10 next tech towns in America.

“Technology is Virginia’s future. With the tech field growing exponentially across the United States, Virginia’s outstanding public schools, low taxes, and infrastructure place her in a prime position to attract new, good paying jobs. I appreciate the innovation and hard work these entrepreneurs are putting forth to put Richmond on the tech map,” Cox said.

Cox was chosen as a recipient of the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his role in advancing legislation that supports a strong economy and the business community in the Commonwealth. Cox was the lead proponent of legislation that created GO Virginia, a bottom-up approach to economic development that facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education and local governments. .

“For his tireless work in improving Virginia’s environment for job growth, we are pleased to recognize Speaker-Designee Kirk Cox as a Champion of Free Enterprise,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “His strong leadership on policies to improve our business climate makes Virginia a more attractive place to start and grow a business.”