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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: Barbara Dodd, (804) 371-7006, barb.dodd@dhcd.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $196,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding

~Five projects receive grants to encourage regional economic collaboration~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $196,000 in funding for five collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically distressed areas that stimulate job creation and economic development and provide a significant return on state investment. The five selected projects focus on the specific needs of their regions by facilitating significant involvement from the private sector, economic development agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, local leaders, and governmental officials.

“Today’s grant announcement and the collaborative efforts behind these projects are examples of the economic momentum that continues to build across the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Regional, community-based strategies offer meaningful opportunities for success and long-term sustainability.  I congratulate these communities and their leaders for their efforts to make strategic economic decisions that will provide tangible improvements for their regions and the Commonwealth.”

The five chosen projects focus on diverse initiatives that are a mixture of new projects and efforts that build upon existing projects. However, they all offer opportunities to expand economic opportunity in their regions and are leveraging significant partnerships by the grantees and their partner organizations to make a meaningful impact with limited state assistance.

“Regional collaboration can be a key component to maximizing successful economic and community development strategies,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “We look forward to partnering with these exciting local and regional efforts as they focus on promising efforts in site development, technical education, coastal resiliency, tourism development, and assistance to family farmers.”

Six applications totaling $221,000 in funding were received.  The following projects were awarded funding through the Building Collaborative Communities program:

Applicant and Localities Targeted

Project Name

BCC Award

Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation

 Alleghany County, City of Covington, Town of Clifton Forge and Town of Iron Gate

City of Covington - Alleghany County Collaborative Industrial Site Analysis


Augusta County

Augusta County, Staunton City, Waynesboro City


Regional Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education


Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Lancaster County and Northumberland County

Virginia Coastal Community Resiliency


City of Norton

Wise County, Scott County and

City of Norton

Gateways to High Knob Master



Virginia State University

Located in Chesterfield County with forty county project focus area expanding to statewide availability

Small Farm Resource Center