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REGION EIGHT

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Region Eight includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren; and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.


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 Eight Council is currently led by Chair George Pace and Vice Chair Chris Kyle and includes the following 26 council members: Jon Alger, Devon Anders, Stacy Barrett, Kathlynn Brown,  Greg Campbell, Robin Crowder, John Downey, Joanie Eiland, Tracy Fitzsimmons, Frank Friedman, Dilton Gibbs, Mike Goertzen, Conrad Helsley, John King, Connie Loughhead, Gwen Malone, Keith May, Jill McGlaughlin, Mark Merrill, Kathy Moore, John Neff, J.J. Smith, Jeff Stapel, Robin Sullenberger, Rick Till and Judith Trumbo.

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 Eight is supported by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, led by Carrie Chenery. 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.    


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CURRENT PROJECTS

Rockbridge Area Advanced Manufacturing Program (RAAMP) - $100,000

This project aims to address the demand for welders throughout the Shenandoah Valley, by increasing enrollment and student access to training opportunities in welding. GO Virginia funds will be used to purchase additional training equipment and to hire and train new instructors.

The proposed project will implement a new cyber security workforce development program through Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) focused on bringing cyber security jobs to the Shenandoah Valley. The project aims to spur regional growth in the high-wage, cyber security industry through the implementation of a new self-paced, non-credit training course. The project will produce new industry credentials (CompTIA Security+) that are not currently offered in the region.

 

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