While the origins for the economic challenges facing the Commonwealth of Virginia and its citizens often vary by region, the harsh actuality of the difficulties is undisputed. GO Virginia was established as an important tool to help regions tailor solutions to their unique economic situations with the ultimate goal of creating additional higher-paying jobs in a sustainable environment, improving the economic situation and outlook for all Virginians.
Realizing the importance of an economic renaissance in the region, the GO VA Region One Council welcomed the opportunity that the development of this Growth and Diversification Plan provided to offer a new, resilient path to economic renewal throughout Southwest Virginia.
Utilizing all of these resources -- a thorough analysis of the existing economic landscape with the strategic plan review and the Chmura analytical report, coupled with thoughtful conversations and interactions with the people of the region led to a series of targeted industries that the Region One Council believes could signal a new age of high wages, job opportunities, and an evolving, lively Southwest Virginia economic landscape.
· Advanced Manufacturing
· Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing
· Information and Emerging Technologies
· Energy and Minerals
· Talent Development: Education, Workforce and Leadership Capacity
· Entrepreneurship and Innovation
All GO Virginia Region One proposals must align with the Region One Growth and Diversification Plan. The Plan will serve as a guide to applicants in identifying actionable grant requests.