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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Request for Letters of Interest — RFI Has Been Awarded

GO Virginia Region 3 announces that it is accepting Letters of Interest from organizations with a presence in the Region 3 footprint, that are interested in developing a “regional entrepreneurial investment strategy” as described in the GO Virginia State Board Guidance document attached here. The Region 3 Council will utilize a portion of its Per […]

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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 Council Notice of Public Meeting

The GO Virginia Region 3 Executive Committee may hold a brief business meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to review updates from the 2019 operating committees, approved projects, and information from the State Board. The meeting would be held during the Region 3 All Hands Meeting, scheduled for 10AM – 3:30PM at The Prizery, 700 […]

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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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GOVA meeting to celebrate SOVA economic development successes

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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, […]

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SOVA Innovation Hub — bridging the technology gap in Southside Virginia

Student working at computer

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”

Railroad Yard

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

Man working with machinery

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

Man working with wood

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

Manufacturing student operating machine

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

Student working at computer

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

Students troubleshooting machinery

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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The Problem of Hiring Local Talent – and The Promise of Work Ready Communities

Adult education training

“We all wear our county hats, but as a region we’re more powerful.” Linda Green, Director of Economic Development for the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, made this timely observation at a GO Virginia Region 3 meeting earlier this year. Roger Scott, a member of the GO Virginia Region 3 Council, couldn’t agree more. “It’s all […]

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