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Upcoming GO Virginia Region 8 Council Meetings

  • October 15, 2019 | Southern Virginia University, 1 University Hill Drive, Buena Vista, VA 24416

GO Virginia Region 8 Council Accepting Project Proposals 

The GO Virginia Region 8 Council is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for projects to be funded through the State’s GO Virginia initiative. The Region 8 Council has approximately $1.6 million in GO Virginia funds to award to projects in the region.

Deadlines: Applications for GO Virginia Region 8 funds are due as follows:

  • September 27, 2019

To submit a proposal:

For a project to be considered by the Region 8 Council, complete this application.

Use this link, to access the application that offers background on GO Virginia and the Region 8 Council, provides the criteria for eligible projects, and outlines the application and award process.

For further information about GO Virginia Region 8’s project priorities, please refer to the full Region 8 Growth & Diversification Plan found here.

Additional information about GO Virginia also is available at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) website here.


GO Virginia Region 8 Council Accepting Proposals for Enhanced Capacity Building

The Region 8 Council may award Enhanced Capacity Building funds for a project not suitable for a Per Capita Implementation grant award but that undertakes activities that the Regional Council may want to encourage through a small amount funding. Enhanced Capacity Building activities support analysis or other efforts that lead to project development and implementation. Examples could include activities such as a feasibility study, assessment or planning study, capacity building, and other similar initiatives that will lead to successful projects. Click here for more information on submitting a proposal.

Deadlines: Applications for GO Virginia Region 8 funds are due as follows:

  • September 27, 2019

To submit a proposal:

For a project to be considered by the Region 8 Council, complete the application by clicking here.


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/

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