Spring All-Hands Meeting: Celebrating Success in SOVA

People at a meeting

March 27
10 AM – 3 PM
The Prizery
700 Bruce St, South Boston, VA 24592

The Growth & Diversification Investment Plan uncovered not just new opportunities, but also many hidden ‘diamonds’—successes already occurring in our footprint. We want to celebrate those successes and give our communities an opportunity to learn from each other.

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. Guests can also experience a “Taste of the Region” with SOVA Food Hub and beverage vendors.



Keynote Speaker Larry Terry, director of the UVA Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, will share 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:

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.


*8:30 AM – Pre-Event Apprenticeship Workshop

To be held at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, ABB Classroom on 2nd floor

10:00AM-10:30AM Where Are We Now?

State Board Update with Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor Doug Juanarena and Region 3 Council Update with Charles Majors representing the financial services sector

10:30AM -10:40AM SOVA Success Highlight

Racing Ahead – The VIR Advantage – Connie Nyholm

10:45AM -11:00AM Networking Break

11:00AM – 11:45AM Where Are We Headed?

Innovation, Workforce and Manufacturing Highlights

Panel Discussion, Randy Lail, Facilitator
SOVA Innovation Hub – Lauren Mathena
Apprenticeship – Krista Boerrigter, Axxor
Innovation – Longwood Small Business Development Center – Lin Hite and Brandon Hennessey

11:45AM -11:55AM SOVA Success Highlight

The SOVA Food Hub – Ann Taylor-Wright

12:00 noon Networking Lunch

12:45PM Leadership In Action

Larry Terry, Director, UVA Weldon Cooper Center: Building Regional Leadership

1:15PM – 2:15PM SOVA Success Highlights

Girls Who Code – Jeremy Satterfield
Ballad Brewing Company – Ross Fickenscher
The Powerline Worker Project – Keith Harkins
The Randolph-Henry Land Laboratory – Jim Pugh
Foreign Affairs Security Training Center – video presentation

2:15PM – 2:45PM Next Steps For SOVA Success

Bring Your Ideas to the Table!

Tables hosted by local Chambers and Region 3 Council members, Roger Scott, and Scott Burnett

2:45PM Closing and “Taste of the Region” Reception

Register to Attend