Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced more than $10.2 million in Growth and Opportunity Grants for Virginia (GO Virginia) for 13 projects focused on expanding talent pipelines in key industries, strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems and developing business-ready sites while supporting regional economic growth through communities, public entities and private businesses.
“GO Virginia is an essential tool to drive innovation and inspire regional collaboration for economic growth across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors,” said Youngkin. “These projects will allow us to expand Virginia’s workforce development opportunities, strengthen our talent pools, and continue to build a Commonwealth that works for all Virginians.”
This round of grants includes eight regional projects and five projects under GO Virginia’s Resilience and Economic Recovery program. Additionally, awarded projects will receive an additional $14.1 million in local and non-state resources.
Hampton Roads Economic Development Site Preparation: Phase II | $3,751,545
Region 5: Southampton County and the City of Chesapeake
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission will carry out the due diligence work recommended by previous studies for three sites in Region 5, totaling more than 289 acres. The funding will accelerate the development of these Tier 4 sites, help promote the availability of shovel-ready sites for potential businesses, and help create better-paying jobs in the Hampton Roads area.
Nano-IMAGINE | $2,500,000
Region 7: Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park
George Mason University, in partnership with Mason’s School of Business, will catalyze the growth of Virginia’s nanotechnology sector by providing hands-on workforce and entrepreneurial training, as well as supporting the launch and growth of startups of high-tech nanotechnology. This project will create 185 new nanotechnology jobs in year three and 233 in year five, as well as the creation of three new nanotechnology startups.
Maritime Employment Entry Training (MEET) | $1,099,527
Region 5: Suffolk County and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk
Maritime Entry-to-Employment Training (MEET) will create an online training platform in three maritime trades courses in sheet metal fabrication, piping, welding and entry-level fiber optic technician training through to a partnership with the New College Institute. This project will train 390 students in three years and more than 700 in five years.
Accelerating advanced manufacturing workforce | $530,000
Region 8: Frederick, Shenandoah and Winchester Counties
Laurel Ridge Community College, in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), will build a strong labor pool for Region 8 manufacturers by offering an industry-focused career path training program advanced manufacturing. This project will meet the needs of a diverse group through flexible and stackable opportunities for industry-approved accreditations and degrees.
Technology Academies for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties | $402,075
Region 9: Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties
Fauquier County Public Schools, in partnership with Rappahannock County Public Schools, will develop college-level courses in robotics and drones for high school students and adult learners through a workforce development program work. Course content will apply to operations, loading and performance, emergency procedures, crew resource management, performance evaluation and inspection procedures. This project will train 90 students, accredit 90 students and fill 69 jobs.
Talent Supply Connector | $391,528
Region 9: Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Nelson counties
Virginia Career Works Piedmont Region will advance the food and beverage manufacturing sector in the region by rolling out a career path guide for employers and developing a regional database of relevant training opportunities. This project will lead to the establishment of regional coalitions for the light manufacturing and food and beverage manufacturing industries, the creation of 180 new internships for high school and community college students and the creation of 90 new jobs .
Labor and entrepreneurship initiatives in a regional creative space | $324,000
Region 2: Bedford and Campbell Counties and City of Lynchburg
Vector Space will facilitate the implementation of expanded programs and amenities focused on workforce development and entrepreneurship for underserved populations. Support for entrepreneurs will include access to equipment and training for startups, as well as professional support services for prototyping. To address workforce development needs in the materials and machinery cluster, Vector Space will partner with HireLynchburg and Virginia Career Works to implement a 12-week Women in Machining program.
I-64 Innovation Corridor Global Internet Hub Growth Plan Initiative | $100,000
Region 4 and 5: Henrico County and the City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Economic Development will develop a strategic growth plan that will position the I-64 Corridor Megaregion to become one of the world’s leading digital ecosystems. The project will create a global internet hub and drive economic growth in the technology sectors in Regions 4 and 5, as well as the greater Commonwealth. The initiative’s approach will recruit a steering committee encompassing participating localities, RVA-757 Connects, and private sector energy and digital infrastructure companies.
NextGen Nurses | $306,000
Region 8: Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties
Shenandoah University, in partnership with Valley Health System and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, will address workforce shortages and other challenges in the healthcare sector that have been exacerbated by the pandemic by designing and implementing a training program in which retired nurses train the next generation of nurses before leaving the profession. This project will create a sustainable pool of nurses for the Shenandoah Valley region, increase regional opportunities to meet clinical training requirements, and train 140 new nurses.
Rappahannock and Germanna Community College Patient Care Technician Program | $306,252
Region 6: Essex, Gloucester, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties, and the city of Fredericksburg
Rappahannock Community College (RCC), in partnership with Germanna Community College (GCC), will address the critical health care shortages exacerbated by the pandemic by developing and delivering a workforce development program not credited for Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) who produce an advanced level of patient care at all clinical sites. This project will train 120 students, validate 82 students and fill 62 jobs.
United Way of Southwest Virginia Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefit, 2022 | $269,406
Region 1: Tazewell and Smyth counties
United Way of Southwest Virginia will increase the pool of available workers and alleviate the challenges posed to employers by the pandemic by piloting a program that will expand the capacity of the child care industry, encourage manufacturers to actively participate in the solution and Solve the costs through the development of an employer-sponsored benefits program. This project will fill or maintain 76 jobs and serve 25 organizations through the Regional Shared Services Alliance.
BEACON Kitchen | $189,000
Region 9: Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville
The New Hill Development Corporation will stabilize and expand food and beverage manufacturing activity in the region by opening an 11,500 square foot shared commercial kitchen incubator to provide food entrepreneurs with profitable space to produce, package , store and distribute tradable products. manufactures. This project will create 90 new jobs, 28 new businesses and produce 30 new marketable food products.
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Resilience Teams (SBRT) Round 2 | $100,000
Region 8: Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg and Winchester
The Small Business Resilience Team (SBRT), consisting of Harrisonburg Economic Development, Frederick County Economic Development, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, will enable Business Resilience Navigators to work with the small business community and assist with specific areas of e-commerce, finance, and operational systems. This project will help participating companies focused on successful growth strategies by providing resources, workforce training and marketing assistance.
“These innovative projects will enable partners to retain talent in their region, grow their existing workforce and grow key industries while diversifying unique regional economies across the Commonwealth,” said the Secretary of Commerce and at Commerce Caren Merrick. “GO Virginia provides crucial funding to achieve long-term economic growth and empowers Virginia communities with the tools they need to thrive.”
Since the program’s inception in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 229 projects and awarded approximately $92.5 million to support regional economic development efforts.
To learn more about the GO Virginia program, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/gova.