Next Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:00AM to Noon

Location: Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA 24482 in the South Boardroom

GO Virginia Region 8 (Shenandoah Valley) Program Director Announcement

GO Virginia Region 8 seeks an experienced leader to serve in a part-time capacity as a contract resource to serve as Program Director for the Region 8 Council’s activities.  More information is below.  This is a contracted position with an expected annual budget of $60,000 without benefits.  The Program Director will report to the Region 8 Council Executive Committee and serve as the main point of contact for Region 8.  This position will be supported by an existing part-time administrative coordinator.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Brandon Davis, Executive Director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC), by email to prior to June 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

GO Virginia Initiative Overview

GO Virginia provides incentives which are matched with local, federal, and private funds to encourage collaboration at the regional level to grow and diversify the economy of each region and ultimately the Commonwealth. Steep cutbacks in defense and other federal programs are a major challenge for Virginia’s economy. GO Virginia gives the Commonwealth an opportunity to build upon the new Virginia economy. In March of 2017 the GO Virginia Board adopted the following purpose statement:  “GO Virginia will create more higher paying jobs through incentivized collaboration, primarily through out-ofstate revenue, which diversifies and strengthens the economy in every region.”

GO Virginia brings together leaders from business, higher education, local government, workforce, economic development, and planning to ensure alignment of resources, the closing of skills gaps, and that each region finds success; this will lead to a growing and diversified Virginia economy.    

The GO Virginia Board is the state-wide oversight group for the GO Virginia initiative; there are nine Regional Councils that will work at the regional level to develop strategies to grow the region’s economy. The Regional Councils submit recommended projects to the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board for approval and funding.  For more information on GO Virginia please go to

GO Virginia Region 8 Background

One of nine GO Virginia Regions in the State, Region 8 represents the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren; and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.  The Regional Council consists of 28 members and is supported by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC).

Responsibilities & Duties

GO Virginia Region 8 seeks a Program Director to be responsible for the coordination, direction, and implementation of the Council’s activities. Partnerships formed to support these efforts are diverse, representing government, education, industry, non-profits, economic development organizations, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, and private foundations.

This position will provide guidance and supervision for all administrative and programmatic aspects of the Regional Council’s duties, including the following activities:

• Administration

  • Provide lead staff support to the Region 8 Council by coordinating the scheduling, logistics and content of all Council meetings and Committee meetings ensuring adherence to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) guidelines are met
  • Manage the Council’s calendar of key dates and deadlines
  • Attend all State Go Virginia Board meetings (approx. 6 per year) representing Region 8 and participate in GO Virginia chair/vice-chair meetings/calls.
  • Act as a liaison between Region 8 and the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) on program policy and requirements
  • Attend DHCD spell out meetings, workshops, support organization calls, etc. on behalf of the Region 8 Council
  • Oversee the preparation of required reporting to include quarterly, annual, project monitoring reports and progress related to the Region 8 Economic Growth and Diversification Plan (more info here)
  • Work closely with the NSVRC and the CSPDC and coordinate all activities with these two support organizations as it relates to the GO Virginia program in Region 8.

• Communication

  • Quickly and broadly communicate any revisions to GO Virginia project requirements, priorities and funding to all relevant parties as they evolve.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an outreach and communication strategy for the Council including the development and maintenance of communication tools such as newsletters, social media, marketing collateral, presentation material, press releases and the Region 8 GO Virginia website
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy that targets key stakeholders and partners; i.e. Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, public and private institutes of higher education, local government, etc.

• Strategy

  • Provide insight on complementary GO Virginia initiatives for the benefit of Region 8, including but not limited to: 
  1. Broadband programs and funding
  2. Workforce partnerships, including the VCCS credentialing program
  3. Angel Investment funds, including the Virginia Founders Fund
  • When/where applicable, coordinate the survey process from DHCD regarding the status of Region’s 8 site readiness and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Coordinate with the ad hoc group of economic development professionals from the region’s footprint to review approved projects from other regions and identify similar, potential opportunities for Region 8

About GO Virginia

The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund was approved by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly, and is a business-led, bipartisan initiative that is incentivized and encouraged by the state, however participation is not required of localities. An organizing workgroup made up of staff from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and interested economic development, workforce training, community planning and development, education, and business leaders from around the state met in 2016 to recommend geographic partitioning and Fund guidelines and procedures to the Board. Nine regions were established and each region formed councils that were certified by the Board in March 2017. The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board is comprised of 24 members with representation from the House and Senate, Gubernatorial appointments, and private sector leadership. In addition to approving GO Virginia regions and certifying regional councils, the Board is responsible for determining project funding.


For additional information about the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity, please follow this link.