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 389,000, 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
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 projects that could boost the region’s economy.
Join us in November at one of the how-to-apply workshops for detailed instructions on applying for the over $2M available in per capita funding.
At its Aug. 6, 2019 meeting at the Dickenson Center for Education and Research in Clintwood, the GO Virginia Region One Council approved a Per Capita funding recommendation in the amount of $50,000.00 for the InvestSWVA proposal, Project Oasis.
At their June 24, 2019 meeting, the GO Virginia State Board announced the approval of nine regional projects funded through GO Virginia regional per capita grants totaling over $1.1 million. Four GO Virginia regions participated in this round of GO Virginia funding requests. Of the nine approved projects, six are enhanced capacity building and three are collaborative implementation grants. It was a great day for Region One as all three submitted proposals were approved by the State Board, which accounted for the most approved for any one region at the meeting.
Dec2GO Virginia Region One Per Capita Application DeadlineLocation to be determined8:00am to 5:00pm
Dec9GO Virginia State Board MeetingVirginia State Capitol | 1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 232181:00pm to 3:00pm
Jan14GO Virginia Region One Joint Subcommittee MeetingSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center | One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 (Room #104)9:00am to 10:00am
Jan14GO Virginia Region One Council MeetingSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center | One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 (Room #103)10:00am to 12:00pm
Jan14GO Virginia Region One Executive Committee MeetingSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center | One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 2421012:15pm to 1:00pm