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The GO Virginia Board met Oct. 9, 2018. At this meeting, Stephen Moret, president and CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), provided an update on the sites initiative between VEDP and GO Virginia. The initiative will enhance the characterization of the sites in VEDP's statewide inventory to establish a plan for site improvements that align with the GO Virginia regional priority clusters. Completion of this plan is expected by January 2019. 

Mitch Horowitz of TEConomy Partners provided an update on the startup ecosystem study being developed for all nine GO Virginia regions. Completion of this plan is expected by December 2018.

GO Virginia Chairman Dubby Wynne expressed the need for private industry to drive project identification and development for the regions, and indicated he would be reaching out to the the regional council chairs and vice chairs to discuss industry engagement strategies.

GO Virginia Board Member Jim Dyke provided an update on the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC), which discussed plans for the implementation of TEConomy's ecosystem study, and an update on the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI).

GO Virginia Board Member Todd Stottlemyer provided an update on the activities of the GO Virginia Foundation and the ongoing initiatives focused on establishing best practices for workforce development and startup ecosystems.
Upcoming EventsUpcomingEvents

Dec. 11, 1 p.m.
GO VA Board Meeting
House Room 1, Capitol Building
1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA

Feb. 8
DHCD Per Capita and Competitive Grant application deadlines

March 12, 1 p.m.
GO VA Board Meeting
House Room 1, Capitol Building
1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA
Region OneRegion1

Region One includes the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe and the cities of Bristol, Galax and Norton. The Region One Council is led by Mike Quillen as chair, Lois Clarke as vice chair, and UVA-Wise is the support organization, led by Shannon Blevins and Robyn Lee.

Council Meeting Highlights
The Region One Council met on Oct. 2 at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. Christy Morton, vice president of external affairs for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), delivered a presentation to the council concerning VEDP's work with the Collaborative Jobs Act and opportunities for Region One. During the meeting, the council approved recommendations for two regional projects to be evaluated by the state board. 

Related Activities
In late October, local leaders assembled in Norton for the 2018 Community Coaching Summit. The event consisted of a mix of local government officials, economic development professionals, community builders and regional partners, all of whom participated in leadership development activities and conversations centered around building strong, working relationships in Southwest Virginia communities. A panel of local entrepreneurs, as well as a panel of community builders and community group leaders, led separate discussions around promoting small businesses and cultivating leaders through the Rally SWVA mini-grant program. 

Project Solicitation
GO Virginia Region One is hosting a free Grant Writing Workshop for regional organizations to build capacity for submitting successful grant proposals for a broad range of funding opportunities, including GO Virginia. Catherine Van Noy of Mill Creek Creative will outline the process for grant proposal development including project design, project team coordination, and proposal submission. The workshop will be held on Dec. 6 from 1-5 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center's Executive Auditorium in Abingdon.

Region One is currently accepting applications for Per Capita and Competitive Gran projects. The next application deadline is Jan. 7, 2019, for consideration by the Region One Council at the Feb. 5, 2019, meeting. For more information, visit Region One's website at www.goSWVA.org
Travis Staton, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, talks about the GO Virginia funded Ignite project at Operation Tomorrow's Workforce event .

Project Update
At an event on Sept. 26 called Operation Tomorrow's Workforce: The Leaders Breakfast, Travis Staton, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, recapped successes and announced additions to the Ignite Program. Ignite was created as part of their "cradle-to-career" continuum to fill a community void to address employer and school system needs. Staton announced that the next phase of the Ignite Program funded by GO Virginia, which will include: a credential study to help inform coursework and training leading to the alignment with local employer demand; a Speakers Bureau to present in classrooms across the region; and internships that build on existing models across the region.

In the News
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Region TwoRegion2

Region Two includes the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedgord, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke and the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke and Salem. The Region Two Council is led by Raymond Smoot as chair, Ab Boxley as vice chair and supported by the Office of Economic Development (OED) at Virginia Tech, led by John Provo.

Council Meeting Highlights
GO Virginia Region Two Council met Nov. 1 to review two proposals for Per Capita funding. The council suggested the one proposal work to strengthen their proposal and make a revised submission in the future. The other proposal was approved by the council to be submitted to the state board for consideration at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Region Two Council members are actively participating in a new speaker's bureau. By the end of 2018, the Region Two Council hopes to meet with all of the city councils, town councils and county boards of supervisors within the region. They are providing an update on the program, highlighting priority activities and reviewing funded projects. They are also requesting that localities consider setting aside contingency funds to provide required local support for future applications.

Project Update
The National League of Cities selected the city of Roanoke to participate in its "City Innovation Ecosystem Program." This effort creates local partnerships to expand America's innovation economy. One of Roanoke's partners in their effort is the Valleys Innovation Council, who is currently conducting a capital landscape study supported by a GO Virginia Enhanced Capacity Building grant. You can learn more about the Valleys Innovation Council here.

In the News
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Region Three includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. The Region Three Council is led by Charles Majors as chair and Randy Lail as vice chair. The region is supported by the Southside Planning District Commission (SPDC), led by Gail Moody, with consultant services provided by The Riverlink Group (Liz Povar, principal).

Council Meeting Highlights
The Region Three Executive Committee met on Oct. 17 to receive updates on their two GO Virginia approved projects: GO-TEC and Southern Virginia Innovation Hub. Riverlink provided an overview of the projects in the pipeline. The committee also received a summary report on the Region Three Strategy Retreat held in September, which showed two primary themes that have emerged: applied education and region building.

Related Activities
Region Three recently released an infographic to tell the story of the region's challenges, opportunities, and grant process. Take a peek here . Interested parties are encouraged to share the infographic with friends and colleagues in the four growth industries. 

Project Update
Region Three's first funded project, GO-TEC, is moving along, introducing middle and high school students to tech-focused careers. Through Career Connections, a total of 194 students have completed rotations within the Career Connections labs at Danville Public Schools and Pittsylvania County Public Schools, with an additional 247 students currently enrolled. Also, The Career Tech Academy (CTA) at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center was implemented for the 2018-19 school year, enrolling 31 high school students from Halifax, Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties. These students are dually enrolled through Southside Virginia Community College.

Middle school students learn to code robots.
Approved Projects
One Enhanced Capacity Building project was administratively approved by DHCD in the amount of $80,000. The Southern Virginia (SOVA) Innovation Hub will establish site plans, as well as an implementation plan, with projected outcomes and metrics for benchmarking success, while validating these plans with partners, stakeholders, businesses, educators and students.. Region Three hopes to secure Microsoft's continued investment through the TechSpark program by demonstrating the potential for this facility to become a signature project for the program. 

Project Solicitation
For those parties interested in submitting a project application, Region Three is launching an "8 Weeks-to-Application" program in January. This eight-week email campaign, bolstered by personal consultations with a GO Virginia expert, will guide interested parties through the process of submitting an application for GO Virginia funding. Each week for eight weeks, those interested will get an assignment via email to be completed by the following week. The goal is for interested parties to receive bite-sized chunks of the application that can be completed at one time, so that by the end of the two-month time frame, they will be finished with their application. 

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Region Three:

GROW Capital Jobs (Region Four)Region4

Region Four includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry and Sussex and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond. The Region Four Council is led by William Goodwin Jr. as chair, John Luke Jr. as vice chair and supported by the Grow Capital Jobs Foundation, led by Wilson Flohr.

Council Meeting Highlights
At the Region Four Council meeting held on Nov. 20, GROW Capital staff presented an update on the region's GO Virginia approved projects to date and encouraged council members to review and consider potential projects that might align and complement already implemented GO Virginia projects.
Region Four Council members convene at their Nov. 20 meeting.

Related Activities
On Sept. 25, GROW Capital Jobs hosted an ideation session for Chamber RVA HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) to discuss potential GO Virginia projects in the areas of advanced manufacturing, bio/life sciences, logistics and technology and innovation. Bob Holsworth led the discussion, which centered on workforce development and higher paying jobs for the region. An additional ideation session was held on Sept. 27 at New Market Corporation. Participants included local business leaders and executives. 

GROW Capital Jobs staff attended the Crater District Planning Commission's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee meeting on Oct. 25 at the Crater Commission office in Petersburg. Wilson Flohr presented an overview of GROW Capital Jobs progress to date and discussed efforts to identify potential GO Virginia projects in the Crater District.

GROW Capital Jobs, along with business and community leaders from Region Four, participated in the RVA-Hampton Roads inter-regional visit on Oct. 16-17. The discussion was intended to initiate conversations around how the two regions can work together to build a better future for the citizens of both regions, through the development of a mega region. Discussions included potential GO Virginia funded projects.

On Nov. 14, the Region Four working group participated in a conference call with TEConomy Partners Representative Deborah Cummings. The purpose of the call was to provide the working group with an update on the findings of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Region Four and to solicit feedback from the group in anticipation of the report being presented to stakeholders on Dec. 10. This is part of a larger GO Virginia initiative that TEConomy is developing for all nine regions.

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Grow Capital Jobs:

Region Five includes the counties of Accomack, Franklin, Isle of Wright, James City, Northampton, Southampton and York and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. The Region Five Council is led by Thomas Frantz as chair and Anne Conner as vice chair. Region Five's support organization, Reinvent Hampton Roads, is led by President and CEO Jim Spore and Executive Vice President Donna Morris.

Council Meeting Highlights
The Region Five Council met on Nov. 2, where Dr. Theresa Mayer with Virginia Tech and James Dyke with McGuire Woods Consulting presented information about the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). CCI is a $25 million effort to call on higher-education institutions and industry to build an ecosystem of cyber-related research, education and engagement. The goal is to position Virginia as a world leader where cybersecurity meets data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.  The initiative calls for a primary "hub," anchored by Virginia Tech and located in Northern Virginia, and a network of "spoke" sites across the commonwealth. Higher-education institutions and industry partners will catalyze research, innovation and the commercialization of cybersecurity technologies.

Two of the three applications received by the Region Five Council were approved for submission to the GO Virginia State Board for consideration at the Dec. 11 meeting.

Related Activities
Members of the Region Five Council participated in a inter-regional visit to Hampton Roads by business leaders from Richmond. The goal of the visit was to discuss a joint economic development agenda for a Richmond-Hampton Roads mega region that could be supported through GO Virginia Competitive funds. For more information about this event, click here.  

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Reinvent Hampton Roads:

The Mary Ball Washington Regional Council (MBWRC) governs GO Virginia Region Six, which covers the Fredericksburg area, the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula (Planning Districts 16, 17 and 18). This region includes the counties of Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland and the city of Fredericksburg. The council is led by William Beale as chair and Carlton Revere as vice chair. The George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) is the support organization, led by Kate Gibson.

Council Meeting Highlights
At the Oct. 15 Region Six Council meeting, Charlie Becker of Virginia Department of Forestry and John Magruder of Three Rivers Forestry LLC presented on forestry-related economic opportunities in the region. Mark Luckenbach of Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) presented on opportunities in the aquaculture industry, particularly in the oyster industry.

Related Activities
Region Six is working with TEConomy Partners to develop strategies to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the region. Stakeholders convened on Nov. 13 to review the results of TEConomy's quantitative and qualitative analysis and discuss potential opportunities for startup ecosystem capacity building. Stakeholders will reconvene on Dec. 10 to finalize a list of strategies.  
Gov. Ralph Northam speaking at the opening ceremony of the Westmoreland Workforce Training Center on Nov. 8.

Project Update
On Nov. 8, Gov. Ralph Northam attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Westmoreland Workforce Training Center, where at least 40 welders will be trained over the next two years through the Region 6 Welding Training Program GO Virginia grant. The governor announced that Carry-On Trailer Inc., a leading manufacturer of steel and utility trailers, will invest $1.6 million and create 42 new jobs to expand its facility in Westmoreland County.

Project Solicitation
MBWRC is accepting letters of intent for Fiscal Year 2019 funding on a rolling basis. Prospective applicants must complete the letter of intent template and submit to Kate Gibson via email (gibson@gwregion.org) in order to apply for funding. The next deadline for letters of intent is Dec. 14, 2018. The letter of intent template and additional instructions are available at https://www.gwregion.org/our-work/gova.

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and the Mary Ball Washington Region:

The GO Northern VA Council (GO NOVA) (Region Seven) includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. The GO NOVA Council is led by Tom Rust as chair and Sharon Virts as vice chair. The region is supported by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), led by Linda Tenney, with consultant services provided by Sue Rowland with SR Consulting Inc.

Council Meeting Highlights
At the Oct. 23 Region Seven Council meeting, Jennifer Ozawa with TEConomy Partners presented their findings on the entrepreneur ecosystem research and solicited feedback from the council. The action report which includes all nine GO Virginia regions will be presented to stakeholder on Dec. 10.

At the upcoming Dec. 19 Region Seven Council meeting, the region's local government economic development officers will talk about their localities' business and work force goals. 

"We will share a dialogue with the economic development leaders to gain an understanding of where GO Virginia's funds might help," said Tom Rust, council chair. "This region certainly has many similar economic needs region wide and also some differences that we will talk about in December. I fully expect that discussion will help us as we consider the next round of applications early next year."
From left to right: Tom Rust, chair; Sue Rowland, council staff; Sid Banerjee, council member; and Sharon Virts, vice chair, plan for their upcoming council meeting in December.

Related Activities
Amazon HQ2 comes to Virginia (and New York)! While the GO Virginia Region Seven Council itself did not participate in the discussions between the state, Arlington County and Amazon, members of the Northern Virginia Regional Council were involved on behalf of their business, education or government entity.  

Sharon Virts, the council's vice chair, commented after the announcement, "It was very satisfying to participate in the proposal process.  And we won!  With the tide all boats rise - regionally and statewide." 

Project Solicitation
As this important announcement was made, the GO Northern Va Council will soon release its next RFP for applications for Per Capita or Competitive funds. Sue Rowland, staff to the council, says, "We have received a number of calls from folks who are interested in securing GO Virgina funds.  A few have already formed coalitions with others to implement ideas to fill the work force demands in this region that could make it through."  

Rowland continued that a number of them are waiting for the council's RFP to come out, and she expects the response to be robust. Her first response with each call is to explain the requirements of GO Virginia, including the match requirements. "It focuses those working on these projects to also work on securing the local resource match earlier rather than later," said Rowland.

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Region Seven:
Region EightRegion_8

Region Eight includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester. The Region Eight Council is led by George Pace as chair and Chris Kyle as vice chair. The Region Eight Council is currently being supported Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC), led by Faith McClintic as the GO Virginia program director.

Council Meeting Highlights
The Region Eight Council met on Oct. 22 at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) campus in Lexington.  During the meeting, two Enhanced Capacity Building (ECB) requests were recommended to the council by the Grant Review Team. Both ECB requests were unanimously approved by the council for consideration by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Project Update
At the Oct. 22 council meeting, Dan O'Brien, GO Virginia cybersecurity program manager at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), updated the council on the status of the cybersecurity program. The goal of the program is to train and employ 50 Tier I cybersecurity analysts by July 2020.  The program launched its first cohort at the end of October and will provide access to information and training for 12 students at no cost to them. Innovative Tech and other regional employers plan to offer jobs in Harrisonburg and Waynesboro to successful graduates of the cybersecurity program.
Dan O'Brien, recently hired GO Virginia Cybersecurity Program Manager at BRCC.

Walt Johnson of Byers Technical Institute gave an update on another GO Virginia funding recipient, the Rockbridge Area Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAAMP).  The program is a 40-week training course for welders, designed to meet the critical shortage of skilled welders in the region. Johnson reported the program is going very well with all available openings currently full.  

Project Solicitation
The Region 8 Council is currently seeking project proposals by prospective applicants. Applications should be directed to Bonnie Riedesel (bonnie@cspdc.org). Additional instructions and information can be found on Region 8's website here. Applications are due to the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) as follows:

Dec. 14, 2018
March 29, 2019
June 28, 2019
Sept. 27, 2019

In the News
Check out the links below to see what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Region Eight:

GO Virginia Region Nine includes the counties of Albermarle, Culpepper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Rappahannock and the city of Charlottesville.  The council is led by Tom Click as chair, Jim Cheng as vice chair and supported by the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, led by Helen Cauthen.

Related Activity
The Regional Nine Council has reimagined its traditional "tombstone announcements" to publicize funded projects. These new "birthstone announcements" visually demonstrate the collaborative nature and goals of each project approved by the Region Nine Council. The images are easy to share on social media platforms to generate interest and understanding of the GO Virginia initiative. These "birthstone announcements" can be found here.
Crafting Higher Paying Jobs and Adult Beverage Export grant team meet to identify the project's next steps.

The regional council has established a "company" page in order to share GO Virginia successes and opportunities with regional businesses. Become a Region Nine follower at linkedin.com/company/go-virginia-regional-9-council.

Project Update
Regional projects funded during the first year of the GO Virginia program are now getting under way! In October, three projects have held kick off or wrap up meetings with community partners at the table. On Oct. 19, the Central Virginia Site Readiness project is nearing completion. Eight regional sites have been evaluated and preliminary findings were presented to the board of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development and guests.    On Oct. 25, representatives from University of Virginia and the Charlottesville Biotech community met to kick off activities related to the CvilleBioHub grant. Also, on Oct. 25, the Crafting Higher Paying Jobs and Adult Beverage Exports Grant Team met to identify next steps for implementing grant activities. Representatives from PVCC and the counties of Nelson and Madison were present, in addition to business partners from Devil's Backbone, Valley Road Vineyard and Wild Wolf Brewing. 

Project Solicitation
The next GO Virginia Region Nine application deadline is Jan. 8, 2019. For more details go to www.GOVirginia9.org

In the News
Check out the links below to see press releases and what local news outlets are saying about GO Virginia and Region Nine:

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