GLENNS, VA – The Mary Ball Washington GO Virginia Region 6 Council announced Monday, February 10th, its eighth round of project grants for initiatives to grow and diversify regional economies across the state. The Mary Ball Washington GO Virginia Region 6 Council approved two projects from across Region 6 for a total of $137,500 in GO Virginia Region 6 funds. This will leverage more than $240,000 of local, federal, and private sector funding toward the two projects.

All projects must be in at least one of Region 6’s priority industry clusters (Aquaculture / Seafood / Commercial Fishing / Marine Industries; Forestry / Wood Products / Paper; Manufacturing; Distribution / Logistics; Information / Data Centers; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) and fall into one of the State’s priority investment areas (workforce development, entrepreneurial activities, or regional site development).

Board Approved Projects

Fredericksburg Region Cyber & Smart Tech Entrepreneurial Development Program

The Industrial Development Authority of Stafford County Virginia is requesting a $75,000 grant to assess the market demand for a Cyber and Smart Tech Entrepreneur program and the capacity of Stafford County’s Economic Development Authority and Economic Development and Tourism Department to deliver such a program. The applicant meets Region 6’s priority industry cluster of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services with a focus on high-growth technology-based companies and the State’s category of entrepreneurial activities.

Northern Neck Workforce Training Feasibility and Site Selection Study

The Northern Neck Planning District Commission is requesting a $62,500 grant to examine current and future workforce needs and the requirements for undertaking appropriate training to meet the available jobs of today and in the future. The assessment will include a blueprint of what is needed by local companies and other workforce needs, prioritization for implementation, cost estimates, and the necessary steps to improve the quality and quantity of workforce training in the region.

About GO Virginia: GO Virginia is a business-led initiative focused on collaborative projects that bring high-paying jobs to the region. Projects approved by the Mary Ball Washington GO Virginia Region 6 Council must meet the priority industry clusters defined in Region 6’s Growth and Diversification Plan, grow higher than regional median wage jobs, attract new investment, and benefit the region as a whole. To learn more about GO Virginia and Region 6, check out our website www.govirginia6.org.