Former Governor Tim Kaine made his rounds in our region this weekend.
He's is runinng for Virginia's open U.S. Sentate seat and has been traveling from Winchester to Blacksburg talking to small business owners about the economic challenges we're facing as a nation.
Saturday he sat down for a business roundtable in Roanoke.
Kaine says he believes Virginia has some answers due to its unemployment lower then the national average and salaries higher than the national average.
He says the best strategy for employment is education.
"We were number one for a long time in the world in the percentage of our work force that had college degrees, community college degrees or four year or technical degrees," he begins. "We were number one. Now we're number 16 in the world. We can fix everything else but if we don't fix that we're not going to have the kind of economic prospects that we want. The more skills that people have, the stronger the economy. The more likely you are to have a job that pays well."
Kaine also believes that some federal regulations on banks is restricting small business borrowing and in turn small business growth. He made a stop Saturday afternoon in Staunton.