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.

Approximately $500,000 is available for funding projects in GO VA Region One and $11.1 is available for competitive projects across the Commonwealth. 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, which may be found at (https://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/office-economic-development/go-virginia-region-one-council/).

Applications will be received beginning Oct. 31 through 5 p.m. Dec. 11. A detailed applications packet including program guidelines may be found at the link below.

For more information, please contact Shannon Blevins at sblevins@uvawise.edu.

Guideline and Application


Technical Assistance

For questions or assistance with the GO Virginia Region One Project Application, send your inquiry to:  oede@uvawise.edu

Upcoming Region One Council Meetings

Date:  December 7, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to Noon
Location: Bluefield College
Lansdell Hall, Chandler Boardroom
Bluefield, VA

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Upcoming Region One Subcommittee Meetings

Economic Development Subcommittee:

Date:  December 7, 2017

Time:  9:00 AM

Location: Bluefield College
Lansdell Hall, Chandler Boardroom
Bluefield, VA

Chambers of Commerce Subcommittee:

Date:  December 11, 2017,

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location:  UVA-Wise in the meeting room at the Dining Commons, One College Avenue Wise VA 24293

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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