GO Virginia awards grants for economic growth and workforce development

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Governor Glenn Youngkin announced funding to help support economic growth, strengthen workforce development and support collaborative programs.

The funding, more than $1,261,859, will be part of the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants.

“GO Virginia is fostering a regional collaboration between business, education, and government leaders while supporting innovative approaches to boost our workforce and economic development,” said Youngkin. “These projects will equip Virginians with the tools they need to thrive while strengthening workforce training and talent development opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”

The GO Virginia program began in 2017 and has helped fund 215 projects, with approximately $82.2 million to help with regional economic development efforts.

“As a new Board member, I am pleased to see the results of the hard work of all of GO Virginia’s partners and regional councils today,” said Todd Gilbert, GO Virginia Board Member and President of the Virginia House of Delegates. “It is exciting to see how these projects plan to deliver the economic impact and growth these regions are striving for – expanding the pool of work-ready talent to support strategic industry sectors and building a vibrant and supportive environment for potential new high-growth companies. in the Commonwealth.”

Below is a breakdown of where the funds were distributed across the Commonwealth.

Implementation of the Regional Talent Strategy: $315,910

  • Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke counties, and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem
  • The West Virginia Workforce Development Board (WVWDB) along with the Roanoke Regional Partnership (RRP) will focus on developing, attracting and retaining talent in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands.
  • This project will develop a web-based talent portal, recruitment tools for companies, and an annual retreat for economic and labor partners in the region.

GO TEC Region 1: $308,924

  • Counties: Carroll, Grayson and Wythe
  • Carroll County Public Schools in partnership with Great Opportunities in Careers in Technology and Engineering (GO TEC) to create GO TEC Career Connections labs
  • It will help provide students with career paths within the region.

Activation Capital Regional Entrepreneurship Initiative (REI) for Region 4: $300,000

  • Counties: Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex
  • Cities: Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg
  • Activation Capital will help “grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in line with the regional growth and diversification plan while creating long-term sustainable strategies.”

Aquaculture Career Promotion: $100,000

  • Counties: Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlsex, Northumberland and Westmoreland
  • The Rappahannock Community College (RCC) Educational Foundation will create a project to help promote jobs in the aquaculture industry through online learning modules, summer course experience and summer internships.
  • It will help students understand what jobs are available, expand educational opportunities, and raise awareness

VGA Upgrade/Reset: A Strategy for Regional Economic Development in Southern Virginia: $100,000

  • Counties: Brunswick, Charlotte, Greenville, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg
  • City: Emporia
  • Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) will assist regional economic development organization with business sector analysis, workforce study, regional incentives, and fundraising campaign feasibility study

Internship Exhibition and Recruitment Workshops: $36,000

  • Counties: Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford
  • Cities: Fredericksburg
  • The Federicksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will work with five school divisions to connect high school and post-secondary students with internships.
  • There will be five recruitment workshops throughout the year

Mountain Empire Community College WELD Project: $101,025

  • Counties: Scott and Wise
  • City: Norton
  • Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) will have a welding certification program
  • The project will help train incarcerated people and help them find employment opportunities after release and provide opportunities to the training-ready population willing to work.

You can learn more about the Go Virginia program by visiting their website.

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