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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: December 12, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: Elizabeth Rafferty, Elizabeth.Rafferty@dhcd.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $2.2 Million in First GO Virginia Grants

~Five projects address strategic needs of regions in order to create higher paying jobs~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the initial regional projects funded through the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) economic development program. The GO Virginia Board of Directors, which is comprised of members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly, business community, and others, approved more than $2.2 million in GO Virginia Per Capita grant funding for five projects throughout the Commonwealth. GO Virginia offers state-incentives for local and regional collaboration to address region-specific economic challenges and create higher wage jobs.  

The GO Virginia Board has $10.9 million available in FY 2018 for per capita grants for allocation to the nine regions. Four of the nine GO Virginia Regions submitted applications in this first round of per capita funding set aside for every region. All regions are expected to submit applications in the next round in January for their per capita share of funding. All regions will also be eligible for competitive grants that are expected to be awarded in April 2018. Projects approved for funding were reviewed by subject matter experts and Board members for alignment with the goals of  the region’s Growth and Diversification plan and GO Virginia.

“These projects will leverage public and private funding to grow and diversify each region’s economy,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “There are many innovative proposals from our regions that will assist in addressing the challenges my administration has worked to tackle in areas such as cybersecurity and workforce development. These projects will strengthen our workforce, support collaborative programs, and will bolster our successful efforts to build the new Virginia economy.”  

“Today marks an important milestone for GO Virginia in that we funded the first round of applications to support projects identified in the regions as advancing the priorities of their growth and diversification plans,” said John “Dubby” Wynne, Chair of the GO Virginia Board.  “I want to commend all the regions and their GO Virginia Regional Councils for their commitment to working aggressively to address some of the key issues and opportunities facing our Commonwealth. Given the quality of the growth and diversification plans and the increased regional collaboration already experienced with GO Virginia incentives, I know we will continue to see excellent projects come forward in the comings months.”

The GO Virginia Per Capita grant funds will be used to implement projects that align with the regions’ Growth and Diversification Plans. These plans included both an economic analysis and assessments of the economic, workforce, and structural barriers to creating higher paying jobs in each region. Implementation of these projects will be the first step in addressing these challenges.

2017 Round 1 Per Capita Grant Awards:

GO VA Region and Localities within region involved in project award

Project Name

GO VA Per Capita Award

Project Description

Region 5-

Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; and the County of York

HR Cyber Co-lab


The HRCyber Co-Lab will serve as an anchor for innovation in the cybersecurity, data analytics, autonomous vehicles and virtual technologies markets in Hampton Roads.

Region 5-

Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach; Counties of James City and Isle of Wright

Virginia Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program


This project will create a regional and statewide program to train approximately 8,500 future workers – skilled craftsmen, engineers, designers, and IT professionals - to work in the new digital manufacturing environment and will support Hampton Roads’ existing advanced manufacturing and shipbuilding clusters.

Region 7-

Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William


Northern Virginia Tech Talent Pipeline


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.

Region 7-

City of Alexandria  and County of Arlington

Strengthening Alexandria/Arlington’s Technology Workforce


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.


Region 7-

Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park  and Counties of Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax



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.