What is GO Virginia?

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GO Virginia) was initiated by Virginia’s senior business leaders to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government. Recognizing the harsh effect of deep federal budget cuts on a Virginia economy that is overly dependent on public-sector jobs, they launched the GO Virginia campaign to work for regional cooperation on private-sector growth, job creation, and career readiness.

The GO Virginia Coalition provides support for the GO Virginia Board’s efforts to create more higher paying jobs through incentivized collaboration and out of state investment that diversifies and strengthens the economy in every region of the Commonwealth. The coalition is comprised of business and community leaders, partners in education and government, and interested Virginians from across the Commonwealth who support regional cooperation to enhance economic and workforce development.  Bipartisan and business-led, the coalition supports state incentives to encourage collaboration among business, education, and government in each region, providing a framework for implementation of the private sector-focused growth strategies.

Who is GO Virginia?

More than 8,100 individuals have joined the coalition or signed a petition to support the GO Virginia initiative to encourage increased collaboration between business, education and community leaders in each region.

Additionally, organizations voicing support for GO Virginia include more than 65 local and regional organizations, 13 statewide organizations and 18 academic institutions that comprise all four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia and the community college system. Organizations endorsing GO Virginia include the following:

Statewide Organizations

Council on Virginia’s Future

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Virginia

Virginia21

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions

Virginia Business Council

Virginia Business Higher Education Council

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Economic Developers Association

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Maritime Association

Virginia Rural Center

Virginia’s University-Based Economic Development Officers

Local and Regional Organizations

Alexandria Arlington Regional Workforce Council

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Center for Innovation and Development in the Northern Neck

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development

Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

Crater Planning District Commission

Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce

Frederick County Economic Development Authority

Fredericksburg Regional Alliance

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Greater Richmond Chamber

Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance

Hampton Roads Business Roundtable

Hampton Roads Chamber

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce

LENOWISCO Planning District Commission

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Mount Rogers Planning District Commission

New River Valley Regional Commission

Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership

Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Northern Virginia Technology Council

Opportunity Inc. – Hampton Roads’ Workforce Development Board

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Prince William County Chamber of Commerce

Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission

Richmond Management Roundtable

Richmond Technology Council (RichTech)

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council

Roanoke Regional Chamber

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission

Round The Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network

South Central Workforce Development Board

Southern Piedmont Technology Council

Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation, Inc.

Southside Planning District Commission

SVAM Center for Excellence

SWVA Workforce Development Board

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail

The Montpelier Foundation

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

Virginia Beach Vision

Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Virginia’s Gateway Region

Virginia’s Growth Alliance

Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council

Washington County Chamber of Commerce

West Piedmont Planning District Commission

Western Virginia Community College Education Foundation

Wise County Chamber of Commerce

Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce

Higher Education Institutions

Christopher Newport University

George Mason University

George Washington University

James Madison University

Longwood University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Radford University

Richard Bland College

University of Mary Washington

University of Virginia

University of Virginia Wise

The College of William & Mary

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Community College System

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

Learn more

Take a second to watch our launch video to hear business, local and state leaders discuss GO Virginia and the need for regional cooperation.

Join GO Virginia

The time to act is now. Working together to address and overcome Virginia’s economic roadblocks is the surest path to economic success and sustainability. Become a member today!