GO Virginia Region One Council

GO Virginia Region One

GO Virginia Region One Opens Call for Proposals

The GO Virginia Region One Council, which includes the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell, Smyth, Washington, Wythe, Bland, Grayson, Carroll and the cities of Norton, Bristol and Galax, is accepting applications for funding projects that could boost the region’s economy.

Projects funded will address one or more of the Council’s target areas, which include growing and strengthening industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture/food and beverage manufacturing, information and emerging technologies as well as energy and minerals through activities such as talent development and retention, increasing innovation and infrastructure development.

Region One anticipates funding projects in varying amounts with project periods not exceeding two years. Each project requires a dollar for dollar match, which must come from a non-state appropriated source such as non-state public entities, federal or local funds, private sources or in-kind contributions.

Additionally, the goal of the State GO Virginia Board is to promote cross-jurisdictional collaboration. At least two or more localities (counties or independent cities) must be engaged in the project by contributing 20 percent of the required match, or $50,000, whichever is greater, for each proposed project. This may be waived by the GO Virginia State Board to half of the required amount, upon a finding of fiscal distress or an exceptional economic opportunity within the collaborating localities.

The primary purpose of GO Virginia is to create higher paying jobs (greater than the annual average wage of the region which is $33,865). Projects to be funded must align with the Region One Growth and Diversification Plan.

Applications for funding must be received 30 days prior to the Region One Council meetings. Beginning March 1, 2018, Letters of Intent are due 60 days prior to the Council meetings.  A detailed application packet including program guidelines may be found at the link below. Please note an updated version of the application with an addition of the Project Sources and Uses Template.

Technical assistance is available and all interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the support organization contact, Shannon Blevins at sblevins@uvawise.edu.


View Guidelines & Application

Please note an updated version of the application as of April 16, 2018 with an addition of the Project Sources and Uses Template

View slides from the April 30, 2018 How-to-Apply Workshop

2018 Important Dates

Letter of Intent Due by 5 p.m.

April 6

June 8

August 3

October 5

Application Due by 5 p.m.

May 4

July 9

September 3

November 5

Region One Council Consideration

June 5

August 7

October 2

December 4

State Board Consideration

August 14

October 9

December 18

February 2019

Upcoming Events

In the News

GO Virginia State Board approves Region One Project

United Way of Southwest Virginia: Ignite Internships project awarded GO Virginia funding


The GO Virginia State Board announced the approval of five projects from three regions funded through GO Virginia regional per capita grants totaling $1,115,300. Among the projects is United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Ignite Internships program in Region One.

United Way of Southwest Virginia will receive $250,000 in GO Virginia funding to expand their Ignite Internships program. The two-year project includes a capacity-building platform that provides activities to encourage post-secondary education, streamlines work credentialing, provides work-based learning opportunities and matches new graduates with local employers through a web-based platform. The expansion addresses an underpinning strategy of the Region One Growth and Diversification Plan by aligning education and training programs with employer demand.


Chrystal Brown, Director of Education for United Way of Southwest Virginia said, “United Way of Southwest Virginia is excited to build upon the success of our current Ignite Program aimed at connecting the worlds of learning and work, by adding a new component – internships. Through the internships component of the Ignite Program, we will partner with 17 school systems to align credentialing, create meaningful project-based learning, and offer invaluable work experience so that Southwest Virginia’s young people graduate from high school career ready and actively engaged in their communities. We are grateful for the support of GO Virginia, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with students, parents, educators and employers to inspire and equip tomorrow’s workforce, together.”

Mike Quillen, chair of Region One expressed his enthusiasm for this project and applauds the concurrence of the State Board. “I think this is one of the more innovative and promising projects for the future of not only Southwest Virginia, but the Commonwealth. Coordination between our secondary schools and prospective employers is critical to educating our young people in opportunities available to them, providing skills and experiences that will make them and our region’s workforce more valuable. Providing our existing and future employers with a skilled and informed workforce is a Win-Win”.

The GO Virginia State Board was highly impressed with the project and acknowledged it as a model for the state. The GO Virginia Region One Council recommended the Ignite Internships program to the State Board at the March 2018 meeting.


Region One Full Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 5, 2018              10:00 AM to 12:15 PM

The Crossroads Institute

1117 E. Stuart Drive, Galax, VA 24333

Meeting Agenda


2018 Region One Council Meeting Dates

(Time and location to be determined)

October 2, 2018

December 4, 2018


Please note: 

The application deadline is 30 days prior to the council meeting dates.

The letter of intent is due 60 days prior to the council meeting date. 

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting

June 5, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The Crossroads Institute

1117 E. Stuart Drive, Galax, VA 24333

GO Virginia Region One Executive Meeting

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

12:15 PM

The Crossroads Institute

1117 E. Stuart Drive, Galax, VA 24333


August 7, 2018 10:00 AM to Noon

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210


GO Virginia Region One Working Group Meetings

Advanced Manufacturing Working Group

May 31, 2018 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

SVAM Center of Excellence, Room 107

GO Virginia Region One Council Growth and Diversification Plan

The GO Virginia Region One Growth & Diversification Plan was submitted to DHCD in draft form and was reviewed and approved at the September 7 Region One Council Board meeting.  You may review the plan by clicking the link below:

GO Virginia Region One Council Growth & Diversification Plan


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Region One (GO VA 1) comprises thirteen counties and three cities in far southwest Virginia with an estimated population of just over 393,000 at the time of organization, making Region One among the  least populated of the GO VA regions.

Much of GO VA 1 has been dependent upon natural resources – such as coal, timber, and natural gas – as its economic base for many generations, enjoying economic growth during boom times but enduring extreme economic difficulties during primary industry contractions. Echoing one of the forces behind the formation of GO Virginia, the economic leaders of the region have identified the volatility of relying upon a single source economy – regardless of what industry it may be – and are embracing the creation of a varied and robust economic base for its citizenry.

Region One Council Members

Mike Quillen, Chair
Allan Funk, Vice Chair
Cathy St. Clair
David Leonard
David Olive
Dean Sprinkle
Duane Miller

Donna Henry
George Cridlin
Joshua Lewis
Joe Gary Street
Kyra Bishop
Lois Clarke
Keith Perrigan

Mike Stollings
Moir Beamer
Richard Edwards
Ron McCall
Sam Cassell

Beth D. Rhinehart

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Economic Development

Duane Miller
& Josh Lewis

Higher Education

Dean Sprinkle

Chambers of Commerce

Beth Rhinehart


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