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Governor Northam Announces More Than $3.6 Million in Growth and Opportunity Grants

On Monday, December 20, Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $3.6 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to support 13 projects focused on expanding workforce development and talent pipelines in key industries, fostering business, and improving infrastructure.

“GO Virginia allows us to address the unique needs of localities across the commonwealth,” said Governor Northam in a press release. “This targeted support is critical, both for local projects and for encouraging long-term regional collaboration. These 13 projects will foster innovation, support entrepreneurs, and drive economic growth across the commonwealth.”

This round of grants includes 12 regional projects and one project through GO Virginia’s Economic Resilience and Recovery Program. The awarded projects will obtain an additional $4.9 million in local and non-state resources.

“Virginia boasts a diverse economy, and each geographic region has distinct economic characteristics,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “GO Virginia has been effective in responding to those differences, as its regional approach fosters innovative ideas, programs, and strategies throughout the commonwealth as demonstrated by these awarded projects.”

“Congratulations to today’s awardees and to their respective regional councils,” said GO Virginia Board Chair Nancy Howell Agee. “GO Virginia has created a foundation over the past four years that is giving regions the tools to develop high-impact solutions that have helped us tackle the economic setbacks of the covid-19 pandemic while also focusing on longer term economic development strategies and objectives. These projects are a testament to how thinking creatively and collaborating deeply with localities, private industry, and other stakeholders has proven to be successful, making a difference in the lives of all Virginians.”

Since the program’s inception in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 208 projects and awarded approximately $78 million to support regional economic development efforts.

Locally, Old Dominion University’s Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy (VISA) will use the grant money to examine how a network of nodes and routes utilizing air, ground and water through unmanned systems could expedite the transport of goods, services and travelers between currently underutilized entry points. The study will help inform the Autonomous Systems Strategic Playbook and leverage state and federal investment in maritime- and aviation-related facilities at NASA Wallops, Accomack County Airport, Fort Monroe, Cape Charles, and others.

To learn more about the GO Virginia program, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/gova.

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