Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rappahannock Community College offered welding training classes for adults at their Westmoreland Workforce Training Center in both the day and evening. These classes were full and supplied a trained welding workforce to various industries around the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Fredericksburg areas.
The Middle Peninsula Launches BayDirect, App to Connect Farm and Seafood Harvesters with Customers
The COVID-19 pandemic virtually shut down the seafood and agriculture market for many in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula region. A region dependent on selling products to restaurant markets, there was supply, but little demand.
The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority partnered with the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, Consociate Media, and Marker Nine to create an app for Android and Apple, expected to launch in February 2021, to connect seafood and agriculture producers on the Middle Peninsula with people who want to purchase their harvest.
A Look Back at 2020
GO Virginia Region 6 funded 11 projects in 2020, sending $4,044,258 into the community. Projects ranged from COVID-19 relief, to a better understanding of the workforce needs of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, to laying the foundation of an innovation ecosystem that will create a new, long-term, high-paying economic industry cluster.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The GO Virginia Region 5 and Region 6 Councils and GO Virginia State Board reviewed and awarded $2,937,163 in statewide competitive funding to support the Launching a Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy project led by Virginia Sea Grant, Old Dominion University, and RISE.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The GO Virginia Region 6 Council and GO Virginia State Board reviewed and awarded Germanna Community College $634,938 in GO Virginia funding in support of a $1,032,938 Tech Talent Pipeline Project to train over 200 students entering “high-demand” engineering, information technology (IT), computer science and cyber-related professions in the Fredericksburg region.
GO Virginia Region 6 will be accepting Initial Project Review Forms for regional Implementation Projects and Statewide Competitive Projects until COB August 14th.
The Region 6 Council has been working diligently to assist in COVID-19 response. The Council has shortened application timelines, engaged community leaders, and held discussions around ways to utilize GO Virginia funding to combat the economic effects of COVID-19.
GO Virginia Region 6 has COVID-19 specific funding to be used to within the region to assist the Virginia economy in COVID-19 relief efforts. GO Virginia Region 6 encompasses PDCs 16, 17, and 18.
GO Virginia Region 6 is seeking applications that will:
- Help the region build capacity to support and serve existing businesses;
- Serve and expand priority traded sectors;
- Serve and expanded essential businesses, including the healthcare system and its supply chain;
- Sustain business operations through telework and other technology;
- Expand Broadband opportunities;
- Create systems to put workers back to work quickly within the new environment.
GO Virginia Region 6 Council Approves $94,665 in grants for 3 regional projects
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The GO Virginia Region 6 Council reviewed and awarded $94,665 in grants for 3 regional projects which support economic development in the region.
GO Virginia Region 6 Council Approves COVID-19 Relief Funds For New Seafood and Agriculture E-Marketplace Development
GLOUCESTER, VA – The GO Virginia Region 6 Council reviewed and awarded the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority $77,000 in GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Program (ERR) Fast Access funding to customize the FishLine application for the Chesapeake Bay, host the application, complete website development for online purchasing, marketing the new app, and general project administration.
New Funding Available!
Up to $1M in additional funding has been made available to each GO Virginia Region for COVID-19 response.