Projects

Region 3 Grant-Funded Projects

Read more about the GO Virginia Region 3 grant-funded projects that support economic development in Southern Virginia.

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

Bridge to Recovery

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

The GOVA Region 3 Bridge to Recovery Project is a plan for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to subsidize support to key sectors in order to prepare them for the recovery stages of COVID-19, providing regional support and a unified approach to matching business needs with service provider solutions to meet the mandates and demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.svra.org/

Date of Award

6/23/2020

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Cluster Scale Up

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$925,000.00

Budget Project Type

COVID ERR Fund

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers

GO TEC Phase 2B

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

The Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers (GO TEC) Phase Two project is a strategic talent-pipeline initiative designed to attract 12 new companies within 10 years, creating up to 600 new jobs with average salaries of $61,250 and a potential for up to $100 million in new investment in the Commonwealth. GO TEC is a partnership between employers, economic developers and seven regional higher education institutions in GO Virginia Regions 1, 3 and 4. The GO TEC partners requested $4.896M in GO Virginia competitive funds to build multiple talent pipelines, particularly in the advanced manufacturing sector, through four strategic industry-identified areas: robotics and mechatronics; precision machining and metrology; welding; and advanced materials. The project is supported by five full-time staff and a 21-member board of directors who will lead GO TEC efforts across 22 Virginia localities.

https://www.gotecva.org/

Date of Award

6/23/2020

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Workforce Development

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$3,575,741

Budget Project Type

State Competitive

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

MBC Middle-Mile Planning

Mid-Atlantic Broadband

MBC proposes to engineer and design 206 miles of new middle-mile open-access fiber infrastructure that will span a total of 14 counties in three GO Virginia Regions (3, 4 and 9) in partnership with private sector providers.

https://mbc-va.com/

Date of Award

8/4/2020

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Broadband

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$100,000.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita ECB

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Southern Virginia Innovation Hub

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Implementation

SoVa Innovation Hub

The Region 3 grant-funded project will launch a two-year process of program implementation that will align with the Region 3 E&I Investment Strategy. Three of the E&I strategies will be prioritized including entrepreneurship training, youth entrepreneurship and capital access. GO Virginia funds will be used for training costs, outreach, planning, consulting and administration.

https://sovainnovationhub.com/

Date of Award

3/16/2021

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Startup Ecosystem

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$449,000.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita REI

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

SVRA Site Development

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) will create a site development project that will parallel VEDP's Site Development Program. The region had 33 of 66 available sites evaluated as part of the VEDP Program. This project will elevate 11 of the 33 publicly owned sites to be more shovel-ready. The project will: 1) raise six sites from Tier 2 to Tier 4; 2) raise four sites from a Tier 2 to Tier 3 in preparation for future Tier 4 work; and 3) site characterization of one site. GOVA funds will be used for site engineering and project administration.

https://www.svra.org/

Date of Award

9/23/2021

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Site Development

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$1,534,900.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

ExperienceWorks

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

ExperienceWorks is a systems approach that leverages current GO Virginia Region 3 workforce development investments to connect students and young adults to high-skill, high-wage employment opportunities through a myriad of work-based learning platforms. Project outcome is to increase the number of high school graduates who can be gainfully employed in targeted growth sector positions.

https://www.ialr.org/

Date of Award

9/23/2021

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Workforce Development

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$515,628

Budget Project Type

Per Capita

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Controlled Environment Ag (CEA) Planning

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

The Institute of Advanced Learning and Research, using its recently opened Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Innovation Center, proposes to engage the Virginia Tech Office of Community and Economic Engagement to develop a strategy and roadmap for supporting industry growth and workforce development for CEA in this Region 3 grant-funded project.

https://www.ialr.org/

Date of Award

11/29/2021

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Cluster Scale Up

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$77,053

Budget Project Type

Per Capita ECB

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Project SEED Innovation Hub

SEED Innovation Hub

Longwood University

Longwood University, in partnership with Hampden-Sydney College, is leading the effort to establish an innovation hub in Downtown Farmville. Project SEED is an identified component of a previously funded GO Virginia project titled Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Strategy adopted by Region 3 Council in October of 2020. The Hub will serve as: 1) A makerspace, creating cultural change by encouraging innovative thinking and product development that will result in entrepreneurial opportunities; 2) A co-working space where people can meet, work and access critical high speed internet service; 3) a small business development center office; and 4) an educational outreach center, connecting university-based resources to the community, including K-12 students and teachers, to improve the educational culture and resources in the region. A total of 38 jobs are projected to be created in three years and 59 jobs to be created in five years.

https://www.longwood.edu/news/2022/new-innovation-hub/

Date of Award

12/15/2021

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Startup Ecosystem

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$662,304.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Virginia's Growth Alliance

VGA Refresh

Virginia's Growth Alliance

Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) will lead the development of a strategic reset of goals, priorities, focus and support to better reflect changes in the organization and economic development landscape, realigning the organization into a more effective and sustainable posture. This Region 3 grant-funded project will build and strengthen the capacity of the regional economic development organization through business sector analysis, workforce study, analysis of regional incentives and a fundraising campaign feasibility study.

https://www.vagrowth.com

Date of Award

1/19/2022

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Site Development

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$100,000.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita ECB

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

MBC Middle-Mile Construction

Mid-Atlantic Broadband

The purpose of this project will be to build eight open-access middle-mile fiber segments that will provide critical broadband connectivity and diversity for economic development purposes in 13 localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia including the counties of Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Greensville, Cumberland, Goochland, Louisa, Powhatan, and the city of Petersburg.

https://mbc-va.com/

Date of Award

3/10/2022

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Broadband

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$5,000,000.00

Budget Project Type

State Competitive

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges

Gupton Initiative

The Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges

The project goal is to launch and demonstrate the sustainability of a career pathways partnership with VCU's College of Engineering to create a pipeline of internship and employment opportunities for students enrolled in Virginia College Fund member institutions in the advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing cluster in Central Virginia.

https://commonwealthalliance.org/

Date of Award

6/23/2022

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Workforce Development

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$35,000.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita ECB

Region 3 grant-funded project: Logo for Commonwealth Regional Council

CRC REDO

Commonwealth Regional Council

The Commonwealth Region Council (CRC) member localities of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties, as well as Longwood University, have joined together to develop a business plan for a new regional economic development organization (REDO). Outside of Charlotte and Lunenburg counties, these CRC member localities are not members of a REDO. The development of a REDO business plan is the most practical next step to identify the opportunities which a new REDO could provide these northern subregion localities.

https://www.heartlandeconomy.com/

Date of Award

9/12/2022

G&D Plan Investment Strategy

Startup Ecosystem

Project Status

Active

Amount Funded

$65,000.00

Budget Project Type

Per Capita ECB