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REGION SEVEN

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Program Contact
Sue Rowland
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Region Seven includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.


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 Seven Council is currently led by Chair Tom Rust and Vice Chair Sharon Virts and includes the following 26 additional council members: Sid Banerjee, Scott Brabrand, Ralph Buona, Aneesh Chorpra, Laurie DiRocco, Eileen Ellsworth, John Foust, Anup Ghosh, Tom Gibson, Gerald Gordon, David Guernsey, Nick Jordan, Bobbie Kilberg, Greg Leisch, Paul Liberty, Matt McQueen, Marty Nohe, Carolyn Parent, Rick Pearson, Scott Ralls, Todd Rowley, Jen Siciliano, Danny Vargas, Charlene Wheeless, John Wood and Todd Yeatts.

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 Seven is being supported by Martha Marshall in the interim until they finalize their support organization. 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

Northern Virginia Tech Talent Pipeline - $487,500

This project will build upon Northern Virginia’s existing computer services and cybersecurity clusters to create a workforce system that effectively attracts, prepares, and retains qualified candidates to fill high demand technology jobs in several targeted, high paying occupational areas: programming and software development; data and data warehousing; and networking and cybersecurity.

Strengthening Alexandria/Arlington’s Technology Workforce - $201.896.62 

This initiative is a combination of career pathway assistance, incumbent worker training, upskilling, on-the-job training and credentialing activities aimed to support computer services industry workers in newly located or newly established firms in Northern Virginia.

NOVA FabLab - $250,000

Northern Virginia Community College in collaboration with Micron Technology, U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Sensors Directorate, and BAE Systems presented this project to create a state-of-the-art engineering technology “Fabrication Laboratory” in Northern Virginia. This project will help create high-paying engineering jobs by leveraging established internship programs at Micron Technology and BAE Systems as well as the existing SySTEMic curriculum at Northern Virginia Community College.

Tech Talent Pipeline Apprenticeship Initiative - $1,000,000

The project will expand the previously awarded Tech Talent Pipeline Initiative, which aims to create a workforce system to effectively attract, prepare and retain qualified candidates to fill high-demand cybersecurity and IT jobs. This project will develop and implement a new apprenticeship program, matching 400 apprentices to employers as an alternative career pathway to traditional two- or four-year degrees. GO Virginia funds will be used to expand staffing for NOVA Workforce, conduct Tech Talent Pipeline outreach, and develop and implement the apprenticeship curriculum and models.


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