GO Virginia Region One
The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) was created by the passage of legislation during the 2016 General Assembly session. Launched by Virginia’s senior business leadership, GO Virginia supports programs to create more high-paying jobs through incentivized collaboration between business, education, and government to diversify and strengthen the economy in every region of the Commonwealth.
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 Appalachian Mountains run through many of the 13 counties and 3 cities that comprise the region. Located in the most southwest corner of Virginia, Region One is mainly rural, with an estimated population of just over 393,000 at the time of organization, making Region One among the least populated of the GO VA regions. The beauty of the mountains along with the rural amenities of the region also bring the challenges of a sparsely populated area where mountains can make navigation difficult to connect residents with jobs.
In The News
On Friday, July 27, 2018, Governor Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration. Among those appointed is GO Virginia Region One Council Member, Travis Staton, who has been appointed to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.
The GO Virginia Region One Council, which includes the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell, Smyth, Washington, Wythe, Bland, Grayson, Carroll and the cities of Norton, Bristol and Galax, is accepting applications for funding projects that could boost the region’s economy.
There are multiple opportunities to apply for funding in 2018. Upcoming application deadlines are listed below.
July 9, 2018; September 3, 2018; November 5, 2018
At the June 5, 2018 GO Virginia Region One Council Meeting, the regional council approved a recommendation of $47,088 in Per Capita Grant funding for the SWVA Hub Link proposal.
Aug28Agriculture & Food Manufacturing Working GroupHeartwood - Boardroom 21:00pm
Sep3GO Virginia Region One Application DeadlineLocation to be determined5:00pm
Sep10Technology Working Group MeetingDickenson County Education & Research Center, Administrative Conference Room2:00pm
Sep20Advanced Manufacturing Working Group MeetingVirginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, Room 1071:30pm
Oct2Region One Council MeetingTBD10:00am