Over 100 business leaders, educators, and government officials from across Southside Virginia were present at GO Virginia Region 3’s All-Hands Meeting held at The Prizery in South Boston on February 18.
During the meeting Virginia Economic Development Partnership briefed the gathering on its recently completed Site Characterization Project. Of note, GO Virginia Region 3 is highly competitive for its availability of prepared small sites for advanced manufacturing projects. Of the GO Virginia regions, it also has the highest percentage of business ready sites. The site characterization results offer an opportunity for localities to see the readiness of their industrial sites and prioritize the continued development of potentially high impact sites to make them more competitive. The VEDP report emphasized that while GO Virginia Region 3 is well-prepared with sites in the Tier 4 & 5 level, it needs to be prepared to backfill sites when the most prepared are successfully used by businesses.
Participants also received updates on SOVA Innovation Hub, The Entrepreneur & Innovation Investment Strategy, and GO TEC, the largest competitive grant to date by the GO Virginia State Board. GO TEC (Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers) prepares local students for high-growth careers in Region 3.
“Collaboration. Cooperation. Communication,” says Randy Lail, chairman of the GO Virginia Region 3 Council, “Those are the three words that stood out to me today. I encourage all those who attended to not sit on the sideline. Get in the mix, get in the game!”