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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 26 council members: Marla Akridge, Eddie Amos, Fred Armstrong, Nathaniel L. Bishop, John Capps, 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, Georgeann Snead, 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.    


Request for Proposals


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.

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.

Enhancing the Region through New Technology for Unmanned Systems - $76,000

The project will implement a new drone technology training program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to capitalize on the Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone Initiative surrounding the development of unmanned systems facilities in the region. This new program will establish a career pathway beginning with project‐based learning opportunities for high school students and extending to four-year degree attainment through partnerships with other higher-education institutions.

Center for Energy Research and Education (CERE) Industry Labs - $300,000

The project will create a Center for Energy Research and Education (CERE) Industry Labs at Liberty University that is connected to local and regional economic development efforts. These labs will offer regional companies and institutions of higher education the facilities necessary to promote research and development as well as to foster the attraction and retention of the scientific and engineering workforce.


Regional Acceleration and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Expansion - $245,000

The project enhances and expands the reach of rhe regional acceleration and mentorship program (ramp), a partnership between the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, the city of Roanoke and the Virginia Western Community College, which offers technology-based startups access to classroom education, mentorin and assistance in identifying capital. 


 

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