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.

Extended Richmond region gets ready to GO with new economic development strategy
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Richmond Times-Dispatch

In the next 90 days, a new regional council has to produce a plan to make the economy GO in the extended Richmond region. The 20-member council, which met in Henrico County for the first time on Wednesday, is the last of nine regional councils to convene to carry out the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act, better known as GO Virginia, a new economic development model pushed by corporate leaders and partly funded by $28 million from the state.

Business leaders convene at UVa-Wise to discuss future of Southwest Virginia economy
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Bristol Herald Courrier

Business professionals, civic leaders, government officials and citizens convened at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Wednesday for a day dedicated to the future of Southwest Virginia’s economy.

State leader pitches six-point plan to revive coalfields' economy
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
The Roanoke Times

At the second annual Southwest Virginia Economic Forum, Stephen Moret, head of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, shared the future he envisions for the largely rural, often-overlooked corner of the state.

Regional economic forum at UVa-Wise this week
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Kingsport Times-News

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will host the 2017 Southwest Virginia Economic Forum on Wednesday. The site of the event, the David J. Prior Convocation Center, will open at 8 a.m. with sponsor and poster exhibits along with registration, networking and a continental breakfast sponsored by Belcher Insurance Agency.

GO Virginia Board To Address UVA-Wise SWVA Economic Forum
Friday, May 5th, 2017
GO Virginia

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M., GO Virginia Board Member Steve Smith, President and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, will address SWVA Economic Forum attendees regarding Region 1 population trends, income, employment, and labor force data, and the economic challenges that face the region.

Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council sets public meetings
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
The Gazette-Virginian

The Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council will hold a series of advisory committee meetings during May and June for the purpose of soliciting input from its advisory committees for the development of the region’s growth and diversification plan.

Southern Virginia GO council to hold public meeting
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Danville Register & Bee

The Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council and its advisory committees will hold a public meeting on from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In face of uncertainty, policy entrepreneurship will drive Virginia economy
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
The Daily Progress

If you ask state or local government policy-makers what keeps them up at night, they’ll consistently point out two troubling trends. First, planning and policy-making are getting harder.

Enthusiasm Builds Following Successful GO Virginia Orientation Conference
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
GO Virginia

The Growth and Opportunity Board conducted a successful Orientation Conference today for over 300 attendees representing the nine GO Virginia regional councils, their support organizations, interested parties, and public officials.

DHCD, GO Virginia To Host GO Virginia Orientation Conference
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
GO Virginia

The GO Virginia board is pleased to announce that it will join the Department of Housing and Community Development to host the GO Virginia Orientation Summit on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

GO Virginia Implementation Moves Forward
Thursday, April 6th, 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 with a number of program milestones reviewed at today’s meeting of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.

Southern Go Virginia meeting set
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
The Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch

The Southern Go Virginia Region 3 Council will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at noon, which will follow the region’s executive committee meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Fauquier works with others to grow sluggish economy
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Fauquier Now

Fauquier has two representatives on a new council designed to encourage regional cooperation — rather than competition — for economic development.

Upcoming Events

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 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 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

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

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 Rrowth & Diversification Stakeholder Council Meeting

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

Region 8 Council Meeting

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

Region 4 Council Meeting

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

Past Events

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