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Posted on: February 24, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Gov. Youngkin visits innovative Hampton businesses


Feb. 24, 2022 – Gov. Glenn Youngkin came to Hampton today to visit local businesses and hold a town hall-style forum at the National Institute of Aerospace, a non-profit research and graduate education institute affiliated with the NASA Langley Research Center.

 Youngkin toured the laboratories at Psionic LLC and Pancopia, two tech firms on the same campus as the NIA. Psionic is currently working with Doppler technology for use in the space and defense industries as well as for commercial use; Pancopia is a research and development company with a focus on water purification and energy production. At Pancopia, CEO Bill Cumbie and director of operations Rachel Willinger showed Youngkin an agricultural wastewater treatment system that will be in use by spring.

 Youngkin, who has a background in mechanical engineering, referenced a recent launch from NASA’s Wallops Island facility on the Eastern Shore and said he was thrilled to be visiting companies and workers affiliated with America's space program. 

 "Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut," he said. "It's amazing to be here and see the work being done here in the commonwealth, because we can't have innovation if we don't have innovators."

During the town hall, he spoke to a crowd of about 100 about his tax plan, his efforts to lower the cost of living in Virginia and other initiatives.

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