GO Virginia is a statewide initiative designed to encourage Virginia's economic growth through the creation of high-wage jobs. GO Virginia Region 2 includes the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem; and the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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Data collected from the study gives local businesses valuable insight into the preferences of new graduates and young professionals entering the job market. The project encourages leaders from Lynchburg, the NRV, and the Roanoke-Allegheny region to work collaboratively to share information and support future internship program opportunities in the region.
Blockchain Ecosystem Catalyst (BEC)
The Blockchain Ecosystem Catalyst (BEC) is a collaboration of Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science, Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, and Continuing and Professional Education with partners including the Virginia Tech Foundation and Valleys Innovation Council. The project aims to address current talent needs for mid-career professionals and lay the groundwork for Blockchain certifications through seminars, short courses, and training events.
Regional Acceleration and Mentorship Program (RAMP)
RAMP is a 12-week accelerator program that supports technology-based startups through seed money and mentorship. RAMP has seen great success connecting startups with mentors. To date, 27 mentors have been engaged in the project and seven mentors have been matched. Businesses in Pulaski, Blacksburg, and Roanoke are participating.
Center for Energy Research and Education Industry Lab (CERE)
CERE offers students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia opportunities to observe and assist with research in the fields of science and engineering. Labs are now operational and used by industry leaders, faculty, and researchers. As a result, six new jobs have been created by partner entities.
Enhancing the Region through New Technology for Unmanned Systems (Drone Zone)
The project offers high school students drone-centered learning and training opportunities through dual enrollment. Nearly two dozen students, including 17 from Rockbridge High School, have participated in the program with two other high schools expected to participate in the program in Spring 2020.
Ignite through The United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) will expand their efforts in GO Virginia Region 1 to GO Virginia Region 2 with a goal to facilitate regional collaboration between schools and employers to equip and retain the next generation of the local workforce. Through a collaborative effort between K-12 and industry, the program will focus on creating industry experience opportunities and enhanced occupational awareness.
Wood Haven Road Water and Sewer Infrastructure Enhancement
The Wood Haven project seeks to attract new businesses to the region through site preparedness by improving site readiness and marketability. Prior to receiving funds, the site was unable to be developed and did not attract businesses to the area. Through the project, water and sewer utility connections to the site will be made ready for use, and these improvements will propel the site to a Tier 4 readiness standard through the Virginia Businesses Ready Sites Program.