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REGION ONE

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Program Contact
Shannon Blevins
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Region One includes the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe; and the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton.


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 One Council is currently led by Chair Mike Quillen and Vice Chair Allan Funk, and includes the following 19 council members: Moir Beamer, Kyra Bishop, Sam Cassell, Cathy St. Clair, Lois Clark, George Cridlin, Richard Edwards, Donna Henry, David Leonard, Josh Lewis, Ron McCall, Duane Miller, David Olive, Jeff Perrigan, Beth Rhineheart, Dean Sprinkle, Travis Staton, Mike Stollings, and Joe Gary Street. 

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 One is supported by the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, led by Shannon Blevins. 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.    


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