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Promoting Growth & Opportunity in the Valley

GO Virginia Region 8 is a State initiative led by local business, education, and government leaders. Our mission is to collaborate with regional stakeholders to fund grants which will foster private sector growth and create higher wage job opportunities throughout the Shenandoah Valley, enhancing the lives of all who live and work here.

Have a Great Idea? Over $1 Million in GO Virginia Grant Funding is Available!

The GO Virginia Region 8 Council invites your input in defining potential projects for Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond.  We are here to help our valued community leaders and partners in advancing economic development opportunities for our region to develop partnerships, ideas and approaches.  We hope you can attend one of the three Region 8 workshops scheduled throughout the area:

Thursday, April 6            Shenandoah Valley Partnership Conference Room

Wednesday, April 12      Virginia Inland Port

Thursday, April 13          Staunton Innovation HUB

All meetings will begin at 1:30, with a brief introduction and presentation to clarify the mission, goals, and requirements of the GO Virginia initiative, followed by a “call for projects” session to solicit ideas and opportunities for the four GO Virginia frameworks (Business Scale-up & Commercialization, Start-Ups/Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Site Development, and Workforce Development.)

Your ideas and input are critical to us!  Please plan to be part of this important conversation to assist the Region 8 Council cultivate new jobs and opportunities across the Shenandoah Valley.  If you know of other key stakeholders/partners/employers in the region who would benefit for this funding, please forward this email.

Please register for one (or more) of the following meetings by emailing Joel Hensley at joelhensley1@gmail.comLocation information can be found on the Events Calendar. We look forward to seeing you in April!

Virginia needs strong private sector growth and job creation. Federal cutbacks have exposed our over-dependence on public-sector jobs.

Growth in Virginia’s diverse regions requires collaboration. To grow and diversify our economy, business, education, and government must collaborate effectively in each region.

State government must be a catalyst and partner. State government must provide incentives for strategic, job-focused collaboration in each region of the Commonwealth.

Economic Investment by the Numbers

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Projects Funded

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GO Virginia Funds Invested

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Public/Private Match Funds Leveraged

GO Virginia is working to restore Virginia’s position of economic leadership by growing and diversifying the state’s economy.

Watch the video to learn more!

”  I have enjoyed supporting GO Virginia’s focus of aligning regional business leaders with municipal and other public stakeholders to create a unique organization that is investing in transformative economic development projects across Region 8. “  

– Chris Kyle, Regional Council Chair           

Downtown Winchester
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