How can GO Virginia help?

March 20, 2020

Dear GO Virginia Region 6 Family,

During the challenging times of COVID-19, we are thinking of everybody who has been impacted: businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals. We feel for everybody and what they are going through in these uncertain times and we want to hear from you.

First, we want to encourage all of you to follow whatever guidelines have been issued by your localities, the Governor, and the federal government. We must all do our part.

This is different from the economic downturns we have experienced in the past. We are actively monitoring the unique role that GO Virginia can play as we do recover, which we will. Collaboration will be key when we come out on the other side of this. We are working closely with the State Board and staff as they also consider ways to utilize GO Virginia’s resources more strategically.

In order to define this new role, we need your help! We encourage all stakeholders, businesses — large and small —associations, and individuals to think about how the grant money that GO Virginia has available can be used under these changing circumstances.

We want to find new ways to use grants to help businesses recover. We want to expand what is the new normal of what GO Virginia can do to support the region. Although we have a framework of guidelines and rules that define the projects we can support, don’t assume we can’t consider another project because of these.

Be creative and if you have an idea; we WILL look at any opportunity presented to us and find ways to get things done. We will take any chance to make an idea fit within the existing rules.

If you have an idea, please share it with us by filling out our LOI form and emailing it to Jennifer Morgan morgan@gwregion.org.

We see a real opportunity for a new role for GO Virginia, and we are ready to take it on. We are hopeful and hope that all stay safe during these times.

Best,

The Region 6 Team