A Boost For Southside? State plans to offer grant funding for local projects
Friday, August 18th, 2017
Martinsville Bulletin

Got an idea for a project to boost Southern Virginia’s economy but need money to put words into action? An opportunity to receive funding is approaching.

Washington County, Bristol agree to cooperate on economic development
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
SWVA Today

The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to work together with Bristol, Virginia, on economic development.

Bristol, Va., to seek economic partnership with Washington County
Monday, August 7th, 2017
Bristol Herald Courier

City leaders expect to establish new cooperation with their counterparts in Washington County, Va., tonight in the name of economic development.

Localities look to partner for economic development opportunities
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
WCYB

Unemployment rates are down in Virginia, and so are the value of products. Business leaders say that reflects a lack of high-wage jobs. A new state initiative is expected to change that.

Business leaders meet to discuss Virginia’s sluggish economy at Loudoun chamber event
Monday, July 31st, 2017
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Business leaders from across the region gathered July 27 with representatives of Blueprint Virginia and GO Virginia to discuss how to help Virginia’s economy at a Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce-hosted event.

Chamber Addresses Virginia’s Lackluster Economy
Friday, July 28th, 2017
Loudoun Now

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce leaders put the focus on the statewide economy yesterday, and the bigger picture isn’t a pretty as Loudoun’s.

Report: More than half of SW Va. households struggle for basic needs
Monday, July 17th, 2017
Bristol Herald Courier

In Bristol, Virginia, nearly half of all households struggle with poverty. About 20 percent of these people fall below the federal poverty line and receive assistance. Another 25 percent quietly struggle day in and day out to purchase food, care for their children and get necessary medical treatment.

Local business owners say change is needed for area to prosper
Friday, July 14th, 2017
Martinsville Bulletin

Some people in Southern Virginia need an attitude adjustment if the region’s economy is ultimately to thrive again, business people said during a forum Thursday morning.

In Many States, a Long-Awaited Raise for Low-Paid Workers
Friday, July 14th, 2017
Route Fifty

In 44 states, jobs paying roughly $30,000 were among those that got the largest salary bumps since 2010 — evidence that the steady but modest economic growth of the past half-decade may be reaching people at the bottom of the income ladder.

Organization strives to drive economic growth
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Northern Neck News

The Virginia initiative for Growth and Opportunity, GO Virginia, held its first of five public meetings June 28 on the RCC Glenns campus.

Economic development is a top concern for Southwest Virginia county officials
Friday, June 30th, 2017
Bristol Herald Courier

County officials from across Southwest Virginia want solutions for the lack of jobs in the area, and they are looking to the region’s legislators for answers.

Local philanthropists honored with 2017 Chancellor’s Award
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
The Roanoke Times

Tracy and Sarah Wilkins of Radford have received the 12th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. They were nominated for the award by New River Community College.

Southern Virginia GO Region 3 announces support organization
Monday, June 26th, 2017
Danville Register & Bee

The Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council announced Monday the Southside Planning District Commission has been selected to serve as the Region 3 Support Organization and Fiscal Agent.

Regional council seeks public input for plan to bring higher-paying jobs here
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
The Free Lance-Star

What should this region do to help attract higher-paying jobs to this region? The Mary Ball Washington Regional Council, part of the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GO Virginia), has hired Mangum Economics to develop an economic growth and diversification plan.

GO Virginia plans economic development meetings
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Fredericksburg Today

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region, known as GO Virginia, is a statewide effort to create more higher-paying jobs throughout Virginia through business-led regional collaboration.

GO Virginia Reaches Implementation Milestone
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
GO Virginia

GO Virginia, the initiative to create more higher-paying jobs in Virginia through business-led regional collaboration, continues to show significant progress as the Board today approved regional council budgets submitted by the nine GO Virginia regions

IDA Participates in GO Virginia
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Brunswick Times-Gazette

At the May meeting IDA Executive Director Joan Moore said she attended a meeting of Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council recently. Ray Thomas also attended the meeting. GO Virginia is the commonwealth’s emerging economic development initiative.

On the go
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Virginia Business

A new economic initiative took up only a few lines in this year’s budget bill, but its impact is galvanizing hundreds of business leaders around Virginia. Momentum behind the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region — GO Virginia — is accelerating rapidly. The initiative encourages regional cooperation on economic development projects ranging from joint site development to workforce programs aimed at closing the skills gap.

Prospects show ‘good activity, a lot of promise going forward’
Monday, May 29th, 2017
The Gazette-Virginian

Halifax County Industrial Development Authority members participated in a detailed review on prospects and marketing clients behind closed doors Friday morning during their regular monthly meeting held at the Southern Virginia Technology Park in South Boston.

Editorial: Making plans together is the only way to succeed
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
The Virginian-Pilot

What will it take for the communities of Hampton Roads to recognize that cooperation sets the stage for a more promising future? It’s a question as old as the area itself, a tension that sits at the heart of so many important public decisions. About how to tackle transportation and economic development and even entertainment resources.

COMREL Updates Includes Nice Bridge Timeline Update and Statewide Jobs Initiative
Friday, May 19th, 2017
South Potomac Pilot

The Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Community Relations (COMREL) Council held its second quarter meeting May 17 at the High Tides on the Potomac restaurant, in Colonial Beach, Va., where updates to the civilian and military leadership from both sides of the river included an overview of the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren 100th Anniversary, the most recent changes to the Harry W. Nice Bridge replacement project and an introduction to the “GO Virginia Initiative,” a bipartisan and business-led coalition working to create better business opportunities statewide.

ODU economist: Hampton Roads region to recover lost jobs this year
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Daily Press

This year, Hampton Roads is expected to finally recover the rest of the 35,000 jobs the region lost during the recession, an Old Dominion University economist said Tuesday.

Economic forum returns for year two
Friday, May 12th, 2017
The Coalfield Progress

Economic developers, educators, business owners and others gathered on May 10 at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to look at ways to improve Southwest Virginia’s economy by working together and sharing ideas to boost the region and its people.

No 'silver bullet': Business leaders discuss future at SWVA Economic Forum
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Bristol Herald Courier

Businessman Steve Smith said he doesn’t believe a silver bullet or magic wand will transform Southwest Virginia’s economy into a powerhouse. The magic, Smith said, will come from hard work.

Southwest Virginia leaders partner for economic forum
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
News 5 WCYB

Southwest Virginia is focusing on crucial partnerships to build a diverse economy necessary to supplement coal and a loss of industry. Community leaders say the result of private investment, higher education, and state resources will be higher-paying jobs in the area.

Upcoming Events

Region 5 Council Meeting

Monday, August 14, 2017
10:00AM
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission - Conference Room
723 Woodlake Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Region 9 Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
2:30PM
Germanna Community College - Daniel Technology Center
18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701

Region 3 Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
10:00AM

Region 3 Council Regional Meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
12:00PM
South Boston, VA

Region 7 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 24, 2017
9:30AM
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Region 4 Council Meeting

Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00AM
Location TBD

Region 7 Council Meeting

Thursday, September 14, 2017
9:30AM
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Past Events

Region 1 Growth and Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Thursday, August 3, 2017
2:00PM
General Francis Marion Hotel
107 E Main St, Marion, VA 24354

Region 1 Growth and Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
6:00PM
SWCC Center for Education and Training
141 Highland Drive, Lebanon, VA 24266

Region 1 Growth and Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
2:00PM
Crooked Road Tech Center
372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield, VA 24244

Region 4 Council Meeting

Monday, July 24, 2017
11:00AM
Location TBD

Region 8 Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:00AM
BRITE Transit Facility
51 Ivy Ridge Lane, Fishersville, VA 22939

Region 6 Rrowth & Diversification Stakeholder Council Meeting

Monday, July 17, 2017
3:00PM
The Transportation Building
73 Monument Pl., Heathsville, VA 22473

Region 6 Council Growth & Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Thursday, June 29, 2017
7:00PM
George Washington Regional Commission
406 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Region 6 Council Growth & Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:00PM
Bowling Green Town Hall
117 Butler St., Bowling Green, VA 22427

Region 6 Council Meeting

Thursday, June 29, 2017
11:00AM
Bowling Green Town Hall
117 Butler St., Bowling Green, VA 22427

Region 6 Council Growth & Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:00PM
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
125 Bowden St, Saluda, VA 23149

Region 6 Council Growth & Diversification Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
2:00PM
Rappahannock Community College - Glenns Campus
12745 College Drive Glenns, VA 23149

Region 3 Council Meeting

Monday, June 19, 2017
12:00PM
Southern Virginia Technology Park
1100 Confroy Drive, South Boston, VA
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Region 4 Council Meeting

Monday, June 19, 2017
10:00AM
Richmond Executive Chesterfield County Airport, Terminal Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
7511 Airfield Drive, Richmond, VA 23237

Growth & Opportunity Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
1:00PM

Governor's Latino Advisory Board - Hampton Roads Regional Community Forum

Thursday, June 8, 2017
4:30PM

Region 3 Council Legislative and State Boards Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:00AM

Region 3 Council Community Leaders Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017
1:00PM

Region 3 Council Young Leaders Committee Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2017
1:00PM

Region 3 Council Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
10:00AM

Region 3 Council Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10:30AM

Region 3 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
12:00PM

Region 4 Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Region 5 Council Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
1:00PM
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Region 3 Council Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
3:30PM

GO Virginia Orientation Conference

Thursday, April 20
9:00AM
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Region 6 Council Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Growth & Opportunity Board Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2017
1:00PM

Region 3 Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
12:00PM
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Growth & Opportunity Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1:00PM
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Growth & Opportunity Board - Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, February 17, 2017

Regional Council 9 - 1st Public Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017
11:30AM-1:30PM
University of Virginia Research Park