On March 27, partners of Go Virginia Region 3, Southern Virginia’s business-led economic development initiative, will gather at The Prizery in South Boston for its semi-annual All-Hands Meeting. Business leaders, educators, government officials and anyone else dedicated to the economic vitality of Southern Virginia are encouraged to attend. The event will include a workshop, presentations, and a panel discussion, all of which will highlight SOVA successes and discuss where the initiative is headed.
“When Council developed the Growth & Diversification Investment Plan two years ago, it uncovered not just new opportunities but also many hidden ‘diamonds’—successes already occurring in our footprint,” explains Liz Povar, program manager for GO Virginia Region 3. “With a region this large, it can be easy to miss the many innovative and groundbreaking projects that are already underway. We want to celebrate those successes and give our communities an opportunity to learn from each other.”
Keynote Speaker Larry Terry, director of the UVA Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, will use these success stories as the basis for his thoughts about Leadership In Action. In addition to project updates on Go Virginia initiatives, success stories featured at the All-Hands Meeting will include:
- Girls who Code, Halifax County
- The SOVA Food Hub, South Hill
- Racing Ahead – The VIR Advantage, Alton
- The Randolph-Henry Land Laboratory, Charlotte County
- Ballad Brewing Company, Danville and Farmville
With the Go Virginia’s goals to help spur synergies and partnerships as well as increase the number of higher paying jobs in the region, the event offers an opportunity to share success stories and strategies, and encourage collaboration among partners.