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REGION FOUR

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Program Contact
Wilson H. Flohr
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http://www.growcapitaljobs.org

Region Four includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex; and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.


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 Four Council is currently led by Chair William Goodwin Jr. and Vice Chair John Luke Jr. and includes the following 21 council members: Sherrie Armstrong, Victor Branch, John  “Will” Clements, Sam Edwards, Moses Foster Jr., Jennifer Hunter, Mark Hourigan, Barry Matherly, Jon Mathiason, Mark Moore, Michael Rao, Edward “Ted” Raspiller, Carter Reid, Carrie Roth, Kim Scheeler, Martha Shickle, Natalie Slate, Lorin Sodell, Paul Tuck, John Vithoulkas, and Renee Williams.

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 Four is supported by Grow Capital Jobs, led by Wilson H. Flohr. 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

CCAM Apprentice Academy Pilot Programs - $430,000

This project addresses the growing needs for workforce development through the implementation of two pilot mechatronics training programs for the CCAM Apprentice Academy. The pilot programs include a Mechatronics Workforce Training Program and a Transitioning Military Program for Industrial Maintenance Mechanics.

Lighthouse University - $1,000,000

Lighthouse Labs, a top-30 seed-stage accelerator program, and the da Vinci Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will partner to expand the recently piloted Virginia Start-Up Spring Break and Pre-Accelerator programs. The project will pilot the Lighthouse U program, which will feature a series of events and training opportunities to prepare students to launch their own businesses after graduation. As part of the collaboration, Lighthouse Labs will introduce a new summer cohort program for recent graduates of Virginia universities that participated in Lighthouse U. GO Virginia funds will be used for salaries, travel, program events and seed funding for winning student teams at Lighthouse U and for summer cohort participants.

Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center (MaMaC) Mega-site (Competitive) - $2,217,500

The project will advance the 1,600-acre certified mega-site in Greensville County to a Tier 4 mega-site. To date, the MAMAC RIFA, including Greensville and Mecklenburg counties and the city of Emporia, has made significant progress toward improving the site with water, electric and natural gas utilities, clearing land for pads and securing crucial right-of-way acreage to ensure utility access to the site. GO Virginia funds will complete engineering plans to upgrade the Greensville County Water and Sewer Authority’s Water Treatment Plant to construct the gravity-fed sewer system to the site and to construct the wetlands mitigation bank. Upon completion of these two items, the site would be construction ready for a prospect within 12 months.


 

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