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REGION FIVE

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Program Contact
James Spore
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Region Five includes the counties of Accomack, Franklin, Isle of Wright, James City, Northampton, Southampton, and York; and the cities of Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.


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 Five Council is currently led by Chair Thomas Frantz and Vice Chair Anne Conner and includes the following 28 council members: Kenneth Alexander, Shawn Avery, Timothy Bentley, Bruce Bradley, John Broderick, Patrick Coady, John Dever, William Downey, Jack Ezzell, Michael Gentry, Maria Herbert, Jeffrey Holland, Louis Jones, Bob McKenna, Eric Miller, Jerry Miller, J.D. Myers, John Olson, McKinley Price, John Reinhart, Frank Roach, Jeffery Smith, Bryan Stephens, Bruce Thompson, Thomas Tingle, and Gary Warren. 

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 Five is supported by Reinvent Hampton Roads, led by James Spore. 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.    


CURRENT PROJECTS

HR Cyber Co-Lab - $642,713

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.

Virginia Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program - $647,540

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.

757 Seed Fund - $140,000

This project will establish the administrative structure for a new fund to provide seed-stage investments to Virginia’s most compelling innovation-based, high-growth companies. The creation of a new seed fund to complement the work of 757 Angels will help to build a critical mass of quality investable companies necessary to establish an innovation economy in the Hampton Roads region.

Hampton Roads Unmanned Systems Park - $150,000

This project facilitates the initial steps needed to establish the Hampton Roads Regional Unmanned Systems (HRUSF) in York County. The new facility will provide an open area and infrastructure for use by public institutions, private companies and individuals, to develop, test, and demonstrate unmanned systems.


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