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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Compromise and Collaboration Spell Success for GO-TEC

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Like all potential successes, Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers (GO-TEC) started with an intriguing (and logical) idea. Six educational partners working collaboratively to be both efficient and effective. Those partners made refined the idea, memorialized it, and moved it forward. GO-TEC is the first project to receive funding from GO Virginia Region 3. […]

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Bringing Education To Rural Homes With Broadband Internet

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It’s getting easier for students in Southern Virginia to do their homework thanks to Jeremy Satterfield and a few of his friends. TV White Space (TVWS) Homework Gap, an initiative launched by Microsoft, is bringing broadband internet to rural areas of Southern Virginia. Since 2015, approximately 250 homes in rural Charlotte County have received broadband […]

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The Power of Partnership Between Schools and Employers

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Keith Harkins, Vice President of Workforce Development at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), knows the power of partnership. SVCC’s Power Line Worker Training Program, now in its third year, is the result of partnership between the community college system and the industry of electric cooperatives. “The chancellor of the Virginia Community College System held a […]

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