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GO Virginia How-to-Apply Workshop

 

April 11, 2018

    9:00AM- 12:00PM 

University of Richmond

Queally Hall (Robins School of Business)

Ukrop Auditorium

1 Gateway Road

Richmond, VA 23173

 

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a How-to-Apply Workshop for the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund Per Capita and Competitive Grants. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. 


The workshop will provide program design and the funding priorities for each region. The workshop will also provide a step-by-step overview of the application process, project requirements, and best practices. Following the How-to-Apply presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss prospective projects and collaborations with regional support organizations and DHCD staff.


For questions regarding registration or the GO Virginia program, contact Elizabeth Rafferty at elizabeth.rafferty@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7011.

 

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GO Virginia How-to-Apply Workshop

 

RICHMOND

April 11, 2018

9:00AM - 12:00PM    

Details on the venue to follow

 

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a How-to-Apply Workshop for the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund. This workshop will provide detailed instructions on the overall application process for the GO Virginia Per Capita and Competitive Grants. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge. 

The workshop will provide program design and the funding priorities for each region. The workshop will also provide a step-by-step overview of the application process, project requirements, and best practices. Following the How-to-Apply presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss prospective projects and collaborations with regional support organizations and DHCD staff.

For questions regarding registration or the GO Virginia program, contact Elizabeth Rafferty at elizabeth.rafferty@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7011.

Registration Details to follow.

Quick Link: DHCD GO Virginia homepage

 


For Immediate Release

Contacts:  
  • George Pace, (540) 476-4561, gwpace1@comcast.net
  • Carrie Chenery, (540) 568-3259, chenerch@jmu.edu
  • Bonnie Riedesel, (540) 885-5174, bonnie@cspdc.org
  • Brandon Davis, (540) 636-8800, bdavis@nsvregion.org
  • Sharon Johnson, (540) 442-7134 ext. 110, sjohnson@valleyworkforce.com

 

GO Virginia Region 8 Grant Funds Available for Eligible Projects

    
HARRISONBURG (March 13, 2018) — The GO Virginia Region 8 Council of the Shenandoah Valley is now accepting proposals for eligible projects to be funded through the Commonwealth’s GO Virginia initiative to grow and diversify regional economies.  GO Virginia is an initiative 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.  The Region 8 Council has approximately $828,000 in per capita GO Virginia funds to award for collaborative projects that involve two or more localities and a private sector partner.  Projects should be focused on the targeted industries and eligible activities identified in Region 8’s Growth and Diversification Plan. In addition to the per capita funds, approximately $11.3 million in competitive statewide GO Virginia funds are also available for projects where two or more GO Virginia regions partner.

The most recent project funded by GO Virginia in Region 8 is the Rockbridge Area Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAAMP). RAAMP is a 40-week training program for welders at Byers Technical Institute, a new technical training center in Rockbridge County. The $200,000 needed to implement RAAMP will include a mix of GO Virginia funds and matching public/private investments from the Rockbridge County Economic Development Authority, the City of Buena Vista, and Byers, Inc., and will go towards expanding facilities and instructors to meet a critical demand for skilled welders in the region. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the project application guide available on the Shenandoah Valley Partnership website prior to completing an application.  The upcoming application deadlines are April 6, 2018, for per capita applications, and June 1, 2018, for per capita and competitive statewide applications.

GO Virginia Region 8 covers a large region from Winchester to Lexington and includes ten counties and six cities in the Shenandoah Valley, with a combined population of 525,000.  The 28-member council that oversees the GO Virginia program is made up of representatives from small and large business, higher and K-12 education, elected officials, and economic and workforce development organizations. 

For more information on GO Virginia, visit online at Shenandoah Valley Partnership or Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

About GO Virginia:  The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) is a voluntary, business-led, bipartisan initiative that was formed to foster private-sector growth and diversification across nine economic development regions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. State financial incentives designated for regional projects that encourage collaboration among private sector companies, workforce, education, and government are administered by the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.

 


 

GO Virginia Region 8 Funded for Advanced Manufacturing Training Program

Initiative will provide infrastructure and training to fill critical workforce gap.


HARRISONBURG (February 15, 2018) — GO Virginia Region 8 announced today that funding for the Rockbridge Area Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAAMP) submitted in the second round of project grants to the GO Virginia State Board has been approved. RAAMP is a 40-week training program for welders at Byers Technical Institute, a new technical training center in Rockbridge County. The program is designed to meet the critical shortage of skilled welders in the region. In January 2018 alone, four companies reported 36 open welding positions. The $200,000 needed to implement RAAMP will include a mix of GO Virginia funds and matching public/private investments from the Rockbridge County Economic Development Authority, the City of Buena Vista, and Byers, Inc.  The GO Virginia funding will allow Byers Technical Institute to hire additional instructors and equipment in order to serve more students. The project has received support from a wide range partners including private industry, economic and workforce professionals, K-12 education, and three local governments, as an effective way to address industry needs and to create higher paying jobs within the region.

“Rockbridge County is so fortunate to have innovative thinkers like the Byers brothers. They saw a workforce need, and rather than wait for someone else to fix it, they decided to make the change they envisioned. We are happy that, through GO Virginia, Rockbridge County, along with Buena Vista, will be able to play a small part in helping grow this amazing, homegrown program which will benefit so many individuals, including our young workers, as well as local and regional businesses,” said Rockbridge County Board of Supervisor Chair David Hinty.

“RAAMP will provide a pipeline of skilled welders for manufacturing companies in Region 8. More welders will allow area industries to reduce the cost of outsourcing services and increase productivity. Additionally, expanding educational opportunities and the availability of a skilled workforce will help attract other industries to this rural area of Virginia,” said George Pace, chair of the Region 8 Council.

Light manufacturing was identified in the Region 8 GO Virginia Growth and Diversification Plan as one of five target industry sectors anticipating job growth over the next five years. Other job growth industries are financial and business services, healthcare, information technology/communications, and transportation and logistics, expected to show job growth in the next five years. These jobs are anticipated to have an average wage of $41,000 or higher.

RAAMP is a multi-partner example of how GO Virginia projects can strive to facilitate needed site development, workforce recruitment, and training opportunities in target industry sectors through joint economic development activities. Approximately $1M in implementation funding is available to the region for projects like RAAMP that align with Region 8 Council’s Economic Growth and Diversification Plan. Projects must be collaborative, involving two or more localities and private sector partners, and be focused on growing and diversifying the region’s economy to complement existing industry clusters as outlined in the Council’s plan.

GO Virginia Region 8 covers a large area from Winchester to Lexington and includes ten counties and six cities in the Shenandoah Valley, with a combined population of 525,000. The 28-member council that oversees the GO Virginia program is made up of representatives from small and large business, higher and k-12 education, elected officials, and economic and workforce development organizations.

For more information on GO Virginia, visit online at  Shenandoah Valley Partnership or Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.


About GO Virginia: The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) is a voluntary, business-led, bipartisan initiative that was formed to foster private-sector growth and diversification across nine economic development regions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. State financial incentives designated for regional projects that encourage collaboration between private sector companies, workforce, education, and government are administered by the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.

 


GO Virginia Region 8 Completes Growth and Diversification Plan

Plan identifies five business sectors where high demand jobs are expected.
 

HARRISONBURG (September 14, 2017) — A regional Economic Growth and Diversification Plan prepared by the GO Virginia Region 8 Council has received final approval from the GO Virginia State Board. The Region 8 Council’s plan identifies five target industry sectors in the Shenandoah Valley where job growth is anticipated in the next five years.  These jobs are expected to have an average wage of $41,000 or higher. The target industries include financial and business services, healthcare, light manufacturing, information technology/communications, and transportation and logistics.

The Region 8 Economic Growth and Diversification Plan identifies economic opportunities, needs, and challenges, establishes priorities, and outlines support necessary for multi-locality collaborative projects to potentially be funded under GO Virginia. The plan also recommends strategies for addressing workforce recruitment and training in target industry sectors.  In addition to defining the five anticipated growth industries, Region 8 Council’s plan also includes a set of broadly-defined framework initiatives intended to recruit/retain necessary talent, grow existing businesses, establish start-ups, and support joint economic development activities such as site development and workforce training. 

George Pace, Chair of the Go Virginia Region 8 Council, said: “The Plan we have developed will provide the framework for prioritizing projects for GO Virginia funding. Our goal is to create more job opportunities that pay over $41,000 through incentivized collaboration between public and private organizations throughout Region 8.”

GO Virginia Region 8 covers a large area from Winchester to Lexington, and includes ten counties and six cities in the Shenandoah Valley, with a combined population of 525,000.  The 28-member council that oversees the GO Virginia program is made up of representatives from small and large business, higher and k-12 education, elected officials, and economic and workforce development organizations. 

Approximately $1M in implementation funding will be made available to the region for projects that align with the approved Region 8 Council’s Economic Growth and Diversification Plan. Projects must be collaborative, involving two or more localities and private sector partners, and be focused on growing and diversifying the region’s economy to complement existing industry clusters as outlined in the Council’s plan.

For more information on GO Virginia, visit online at  Shenandoah Valley Partnership or Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

About GO Virginia:  The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) is a voluntary, business-led, bipartisan initiative that was formed to foster private-sector growth and diversification across nine economic development regions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. State financial incentives designated for regional projects that encourage collaboration between private sector companies, workforce, education and government are administered by the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.

 


GO Virginia Region 8 Announcement Press Release:

Shenandoah Valley Forms GO Virginia Regional Council

GO Virginia Region 8 tasked with diversifying economy through regional collaboration.

HARRISONBURG (March 23, 2017) —A regional council composed of members originating from a mix of large and small business, higher and K12 education, elected officials, local government, and economic and workforce development entities, was recently created in the Shenandoah Valley and approved by the state as part of the private-sector led Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia). Known as GO Virginia Region 8, the Council was organized with support from representatives from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, and a group of private sector leaders from throughout the region. These organizations will share responsibilities and operate in support of the GO Virginia mission to generate private sector growth and job opportunities within the region by encouraging strategic, job-focused collaboration among business, education, and local government.

Covering a very large and diverse geographic area of ten counties and six cities with a combined population of over 525,000, the Region 8 Council will be responsible for completing an economic growth and diversification plan and vetting projects that meet GO Virginia guidelines. Approximately $28 million was provided across the Commonwealth among nine regions for the upcoming biennium. Initial GO Virginia dollars are designated for organizational and capacity building activities and workforce gap analyses. Additional funds are allocated for each qualifying region based on share of the state population, and grants to regional councils will be awarded on a competitive basis. Projects are to be collaborative, involving two or more localities and a private sector partner, and focused on diversifying the region’s economy to complement existing industry clusters.

George Pace, a Valley business leader who has served in a leading capacity for the region’s private sector steering committee, commented, “It has been a privilege to lead the Region 8 GOVA Steering Committee. The GOVA initiative has created the opportunity for private business leaders to work in concert with economic development professionals and educational leaders to accelerate the advancement of important and impactful ideas for the Shenandoah Valley. It has been very encouraging to observe the creativity from this collaboration.”

GO Virginia Region 8 will hold an initial, organizing meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Ice House located at 127 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801. A full list  of the Regional Council members, who were required by the state to have specific industry, geographic, industry, gender, and ethnic diversity qualities, is attached.

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,2 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.

Contacts:             

  • George Pace, (540.476.4561, gwpace1@comcast.net
  • Carrie Chenery, (540) 568-3259, chenerch@jmu.edu
  • Bonnie Riedesel, (540) 885-5174, bonnie@cspdc.org
  • Brandon Davis, (540) 636-8800, bdavis@nsvregion.org
  • Sharon Johnson, (540) 442.7134 ext. 110, sjohnson@valleyworkforce.com

To learn more about GO Virginia:

DHCD website

GO Virginia Region 8 Letter of Intent

Partner Organizations:

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board