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REGION TWO

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Program Contact
John Provo
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Region two includes the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke; and the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.


REGIONAL COUNCIL

The Regional Council is a certified entity by the State Board that will propose projects and ensure accountability for the use of funds used to support projects endorsed by the Council. The intent of the regional structure is to provide an incentive for regions to collaborate in order to diversify the economy and create high paying jobs in the region.    

Regional Councils are business led and include individuals from a variety of sectors; education, government, civic or community leaders, economic and workforce development professionals, local government officials, regional planning entities and nonprofits.  

The Region Two Council is currently led by Chair Raymond Smoot and Vice Chair Ab Boxley and includes the following 24 council members: Marla Akridge, Eddie Amos, Fred Armstrong, Nathaniel L. Bishop, John Capps, Patrick Collingotn, Kenneth Craig, Beverly Dalton, Sandy Davis, John Dooley, Michael Felming, Watt Foster, William Fralin, Michael Friedlander, Don Halliwill, Mike Hamlar, Biran Hemphill, Victor Iannello, Terry Jamerson, Pereena Lawerence, Floyd Merryman, Marty Mustcatello, Debbie Petrine, John Putney, E.W. Tibbs, and John Williamson.

The Regional Council is a certified entity by the State Board that will propose projects and ensure accountability for the use of funds used to support projects endorsed by the Council. The intent of the regional structure is to provide an incentive for regions to collaborate in order to diversify the economy and create high paying jobs in the region.


SUPPORT ORGANIZATION

A regional council must be affiliated with or supported by a new or existing organization whose purposes and competencies include collaborative planning, economic development or workforce activities within the region. Region Two is supported by Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development (OED), led by John Provo. The purpose of the support organization is to provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services for the activities funded by monies received from Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund (VGOF). The support organization operates with the advice and consent of the regional council.    


CURRENT PROJECTS

Region 2 Talent Collaborative - $300,000

This project addresses the skills and interest gaps in middle and high-skill occupations in manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology. The project includes 1) a campaign to increase awareness and interest in these industries, and 2) the creation of existing worker-training program to upskill existing employees into higher-skilled vacant jobs.

Project Hollyleaf Site Grading - $150,000

This project improves a 20-acre industrial parcel in the New River Valley Commerce Park in order to upgrade the site from Tier 4 to Tier 5 Business Steady Site Certification through Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). The property will accommodate a 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility, which is currently the final Virginia site in consideration for an international manufacturing prospect.

Wood Haven Road Water and Sewer Infrastructure Enhancement - $200,150

This project improves the site readiness and marketability of an industrial site near the intersection of Routes 81 and 581 that will accommodate a 52-acre pad and a 20-acre pad. The scope of the work includes the necessary water and sewer utility extensions and connections to prepare the site for development.

Capital Ecosystem Development (Enhanced Capacity Building) - $77,207

This enhanced capacity building project will include a two-year strategic planning process to assess weaknesses in the current capital landscape that inhibit entrepreneurship and the commercialization of regional research that would lead to greater economic prosperity in the region.

Stopping the Brain Drain Strategy Development (Enhanced Capacity Building) - $65,300

This enhanced capacity building project will create a talent attraction and retention plan in order to help reduce outmigration of recent graduates from the region’s 25 colleges and universities. GO Virginia funds will be used to identify the regions challenges through surveys, focus groups, and interviews, to produce an action plan for recruiting and retaining talent.


 

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