An Introduction to GO Virginia Projects

Determining what types of projects qualify for GO Virginia funding can be difficult. GO Virginia Region 6 has identified 24 target areas the Council would like to see projects in. Furthermore, the chart in this document, allows potential applicants and other interested parties to see all current GO Virginia Projects across the state. If you would like to know more about a certain project, please contact Jennifer Morgan, morgan@gwregion.org.

Current Projects

Site and Infrastructure Development

Westmoreland County was awarded $50,000 in GO Virginia funding to complete due diligence for a new 20,000 square foot flexible, multi-tenant office building in Montross, Virginia. The total project budget is $100,000. Project partners include Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership and Town of Montross.

The Middle Peninsula Alliance was awarded $50,000 in GO Virginia funding to create a new business enterprise owned by the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to deliver high-speed broadband to underserved areas of Region 6. The total project budget is $133,000. Project partners include Pamunkey Indian Tribe, 15 local governments, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, Germanna Community College, Rappahannock Community College, Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Atlantic Broadband, Lumos Networks, and Dominion Energy.

The Northern Neck Planning District Commission was awarded $88,000 in GO Virginia funding to complete a site, building, and infrastructure study of the Northern Neck region. The study will 1) review all inventory of sites and building in the region; 2) create a feasibility study for three potential commercial/industrial sites located in three counties; 3) complete an infrastructure capacity evaluation to address potential business growth in two localities.

The Middle Peninsula Alliance was awarded $85,000 in GO Virginia funding to complete a site characterization study of up to 16 sites in the Middle Peninsula; recommend sites for further evaluation of development as a regionally-owned property; provide recommendations on market potential for properties in the ownership of the Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority; and make recommendations on steps to take to create a nutrient bank.

Workforce Development

Westmoreland County was awarded $130,000 in GO Virginia funding to equip a welding training facility with 15 workstations and train 40 welders for employment at local businesses within Region 6. The total project budget is $260,000. Project partners include Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, Carry-On Trailer Corporation, Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership, Northumberland County, and Rappahannock Community College.

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) was awarded $110,000 in GO Virginia funding to establish a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification program at UMW and equip 70 of the region’s citizens with this certification to pursue employment at local businesses within the region. The total project budget is $220,000. Project partners include Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, City of Fredericksburg, City of Fredericksburg EDA, King George County, Stafford County, Stafford County EDA, UMW Foundation, Germanna Community College, and Rappahannock Community College.

Regional Planning Grants

Virginia Institute of Marine Science was awarded $49,996 in GO Virginia funding to complete planning activities toward building a new industry cluster in Virginia, a water management economy that integrates workforce development, research and development, innovation, and commercialization. The total project budget is $99,992. Project partners include Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and Middle Peninsula Alliance.

The George Washington Regional Commission was awarded $50,000 in GO Virginia funding to complete planning activities towards documenting a  1) better focus all the region’s economic development efforts, 2) draw together a variety of elements and organizations to have a larger and more sustained impact, 3) increase the use of available Go Virginia funds for successful and innovative projects, and 4) prepare the community for an even more positive future.