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REGION TWO

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Program Contact
John Provo
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Region two includes the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke; and the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.


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 Two Council is currently led by Chair Raymond Smoot and Vice Chair Ab Boxley and includes the following 24 council members: Eddie Amos, Nathaniel L. Bishop, John Capps, Kenneth Craig, Beverly Dalton, Sandy Davis, John Dooley, Michael Felming, Watt Foster, William Fralin, Michael Friedlander, Don Halliwill, Mike Hamlar, Biran Hemphill, Victor Iannello, Terry Jamerson, Doug Juanarena, Floyd Merryman, Debbie Petrine, John Putney, E.W. Tibbs, Shannon Valentine, Marla Akridge and John Williamson.

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 Two is supported by Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development (OED), led by John Provo. 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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