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(see GO Virginia Region 8 important dates)

Upcoming GO Virginia Region 8 Council Meetings

  • Upcoming meetings TBA

About GO Virginia Region 8

Region 8 consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester; and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren.

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership serves as Region 8’s leading support organization, with additional support from the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, and the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board.  These support organizations collectively provide administrative services and fiduciary oversight for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 8.

Data for Virginia and its 4VA regions can be found via GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis: baseline data. We have provided a PDF of the Region 8 data for your convenience.

Additional information about Region 8 can be found at Virginia DHCD. There are some helpful resources at the bottom, particularly the Economic Growth and Diversification Plan (pdf) 

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.

Additional information about the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity: http://www.govirginia.org/

Regional and State News

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Bricks and Clicks: Small Business Recovery Program

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Customer Feedback Survey on Businesses Reopening

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FY2021 VATI Virtual Input Session with Presentation

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Build Season is Open: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) / Rocktown Robotics

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