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.
Sixty percent of the Region 6’s workforce commutes out of the region every day to go to work. The challenge for the region is to develop strategies that will allow these commuters to work closer to home. The lower wage rates paid in the region are a deterrent to luring these commuters to work in the region illustrating the need for higher-wage employment opportunities.
A series of stakeholder engagement workshops were held across the region to discuss what is important to the region in terms of growth and development. Meetings were held with the chief administrative officers and Planning District Commission staff of each of the three subregions, George Washington Region, Middle Peninsula, and Northern Neck.
During the formation of the GO Virginia Initiative, the original legislation directed each of the nine sub-regions to develop and implement an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan. This plan provides the strategic framework that each region uses to solicit and approve proposals for GO Virginia funded regional economic development projects.
On December 9th, the GO Virginia State Board convened to discuss items surrounding the implementation of GO Virginia across the state and approve projects. The State Board then held a State and Region Leadership Summit directly following the meeting.
Over the past two sessions, Good Jobs Here participants have learned a variety of information. In session one, participants heard from Dr. Jim Johnson, University of North Carolina, on how demographics across the nation have changed and affect how the workforce looks and functions. Dr. Johnson pointed out that in the South, the population has changed 54.6%, with all of the PDC 16 localities seeing and increase in population growth from 2010-2018.
On October 17th, Good Jobs Here held its second event to create, measure, execute, and foster economic growth and job in creation in the Fredericksburg region.
Utilizing a GO Virginia grant, the George Washington Regional Commission partnered with leading local organizations to create a shared understanding of current data, analysis, strengths, and opportunities for this region. Continue reading “A Community Gathering on creating Good Jobs Here – Part 2”