SOVA Innovation Hub and Longwood secure GO Virginia grant to boost regional entrepreneurship

SOVA Innovation Hub

A major new grant award announced today will lay the foundation for a long-term economic recovery from the pandemic’s effects by focusing on entrepreneurship training, youth entrepreneurship, and increasing access to capital. The GO Virginia state board announced a grant award of $449,000 to the SOVA Innovation Hub and the Longwood University Office of Community […]

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GO Virginia Region 3 adopts Regional Entrepreneur & Innovation Investment Strategy

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The GO Virginia Region 3 Council announces the launch of its Region 3 Entrepreneur & Innovation Investment Strategy.  Developed by the team of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and the Longwood Office of Community and Economic Development (LOCED), the strategy provides the Council a framework to utilize its resources to invest in projects that support […]

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GO Virginia Region 3 – Request for Letters of Interest

  REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST Issued:  November 2, 2020 Responses Due:  November 13, 2020 COB GO Virginia Region 3 announces that it is accepting Letters of Interest from organizations and entities that are interested in partnering with the Region to implement elements of the Region’s approved Entrepreneur & Innovation Strategy https://bit.ly/3ekdGSr.  The Region 3 […]

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Meet Bryan David

Bryan David

Meet Bryan David, new program director of Region 3, and learn more about his vision and goals for GO Virginia Region 3 during this interview with Ilsa Loeser (Letterpress Communications) and Randy Lail (Region 3 Council Chairman). Part 1 – 0:49: Why Bryan David Part 2 – 6:26: Bryan’s vision for Region 3 Part 3 […]

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GO Virginia Region 3 seeks project ideas for economic resiliency and recovery

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The GO Virginia State Board has approved modifications to its grant program that will enhance the capability of GO Virginia Region 3 to invest in projects that lead to economic resiliency and recovery. At its April 17, 2020 Board meeting, the State Board approved additional funding for each Regional Council to support project applications that […]

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Administrative Program Updates – COVID Response

Contract Modifications DHCD will consider requests for contract modifications, including no-cost extensions, budget modifications, post-award match waiver requests, and scope changes for currently funded projects. Request must be in writing and include the nature or the request, the justification, and how/if the modification will affect the project goals/outcomes. We recognize significant disruptions may be occurring […]

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GO Virginia – COVID-19 Response

On April 17, 2020, we intend to recommend a proposal to the GO Virginia State Board that would redirect statewide competitive GO Virginia funds for a statewide, region-led response to the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed guidelines will include a recommendation to reduce our normal 1:1 match by half and […]

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Regional Entrepreneur & Innovation Investment Strategy Project Awarded

The team of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and the Longwood University Office of Community and Economic Development (LOCED) have been awarded a $100,000 grant from GO Virginia to develop the Region 3 Entrepreneur & Innovation Investment Strategy (EII).   By Spring 2020 this team will present a formal recommendation to the Region 3 Council on […]

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Request for Letters of Interest — REQUEST HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED

Overview: GO Virginia Region 3 is accepting Requests for Letters of Interest (RFLI) from organizations interested in assessing and developing a regional strategy for broadband deployment in the Region 3 footprint. GO Virginia is an economic development capacity-building program of the Commonwealth of Virginia intended to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy and create higher-paying jobs. […]

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Terry speaks on leadership

Larry Terry

“You can’t do everything but you can do something.” That was the the insight of Larry Terry, speaking at the GO Virginia Region 3 All-Hands Meeting on March 27. Terry is director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. “GO Virginia captures a great sense of collaboration,” Terry said. […]

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GO Virginia Region 3 announces successful project award for GO TEC

Charles Majors

GO TEC (Great Opportunities in Technology & Engineering Careers), a workforce development approach in Southern and Southwestern Virginia, was awarded the largest grant to date from the GO Virginia Competitive Funding pool. The investment by GO Virginia is matched 1-to-1 by support from over 15 local partners. Workforce training will be provided by seven higher […]

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SOVA Innovation Hub — bridging the technology gap in Southside Virginia

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Sparks are flying in rural Virginia. Region 3’s newest grant is studying the feasibility of increasing access to technology for southside businesses and computer-science training for area students through an Innovation Hub. The initiative is being spearheaded by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) Corporation, in partnership with Magnum Economics, Impact Makers, and Price, Simpson & Harvey. […]

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GO Virginia Region 3 Launches “8 Weeks to Application”

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GO Virginia Region 3, a business-led economic development initiative, is launching “8 Weeks to Application,” in February. This program will guide individuals and organizations with project ideas through the process of collecting all the data necessary to submit a strong project proposal – in only two months. In addition to weekly emails and downloadable worksheets, […]

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Report Explores Worldwide and Local Apprenticeship Best Practices

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In the US, apprenticeship is gaining momentum as an effective workforce development strategy. Now, Go Virginia Region 3 is strategizing how to leverage this practice across the Region. Nationally and locally, employers from countless industries are in a desperate search for employees with skills that fit their company’s needs. The combination of hands-on experience, classroom […]

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High Value Wood Products Means High Value Opportunities in Region 3

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To aid GO Virginia’s goal of supporting Virginia growth industries, and at the request of Region 3’s Council, GENEDGE and RTI International just completed a research study on High Value Wood Products (HVWP). The study outlines strategies for optimizing the economic impact of the wood products in Region 3’s rich forestry cluster. The study identified […]

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