In 2016, the board certified nine distinct GO Virginia regions across the commonwealth. These regions consist of nine to 18 localities that share similar economic development and workforce needs.
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. The Appalachian Mountains run through many of the 13 counties and three cities that comprise the region.
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.
Region Three includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville.
Region Four includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond.
Region Five includes the counties of Accomack, Isle of Wright, James City, Northampton, Southampton, and York, and the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
Region Six, also known as the Mary Ball Washington Region, includes the counties of Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland, and the city of Fredericksburg.
Region Seven includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Region Eight includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.
Region Nine includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock, and the city of Charlottesville.
The GO Virginia Regions are hard at work. Find more information about current projects and regional materials for GO Virginia regional councils.
This page provides resources for the regional councils and their support organizations for the implementation of the GO Virginia program and related initiatives.
This interactive map provides background on all GO Virginia projects approved by the GO Virginia Board to date.
Find out about GO Virginia upcoming events by checking out the calendar.
GO Virginia works with partners at the state, regional and local levels to advance opportunities for growth in every region of the commonwealth.
The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to the state board and the nine regional councils by helping to collect and disseminate best practices relating to regional economic and workforce development, and to build expertise and working groups around priority initiatives as identified by the board.
Virginia Career Works is the unified state workforce system in Virginia, serving as the vital link between meaningful employment and growing businesses.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) encourages, stimulates and supports development and expansion of the commonwealth’s economy.
The Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) provides funding to support the commercialization of the product(s) or services resulting from academic research.
The Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance (OTPBA) works to encourage public- and private-sector efforts in the deployment of telework policy and strives to eliminate the barriers that are preventing broadband from becoming accessible and affordable throughout the commonwealth.
GENEDGE is a public business consulting organization providing Virginia’s industrial and manufacturing sectors access to expert business solutions typically only accessible to larger companies.
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies.