Virginia Nanotechnology Networked Infrastructure (VNNI) | $3,300,000

Region 7: Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William

Virginia Tech will connect, market and create a talent pipeline for the emerging nanotechnology industry in Virginia. The Virginia Nanotechnology Networked Infrastructure (VNNI) system will create a nanotechnology network by connecting institutions of higher education across the Commonwealth with existing nanotechnology facilities to the main hub at Virginia Tech by an advanced cloud-based system. The project will train 600 students, award 550 certificates and create 80 internships.

Demonstration Site for Clean Energy Transition to Green Hydrogen (HRH2) | $1,497,452

Region 5: Cities of Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach

Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) will scale-up the clean energy industry in Hampton Roads through green hydrogen production. The project will initiate three to five hydrogen transition projects to drive local industry investments, establish a hydrogen competency center to educate and attract businesses and creating advanced workforce and talent programs to support the clean energy sector. The project will create 230 jobs, attract 10 new businesses and serve 25 existing businesses.

Innovation Pathways | $978,449

Region 6: Counties of Caroline, King George and Stafford

Stafford County Public Schools, in partnership with G3 Community Services, University of Mary Washington, will provide cybersecurity credentials and training to students and teachers in the Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and King George regions through outside-of-school programming and summer camps. This project will train 36 teachers and300 students and award 525 credentials.

Lynchburg Career Acceleration Program | $540,000

Region 2: Campbell County, the city of Lynchburg and the town of Altavista

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope (BoH) will implement the Career Acceleration Model, serving as a regional catalyst for the Lynchburg region to create and fill a pipeline of career-seekers that will meet the needs of high-demand traded sector industries. The program will increase the career capacity of the region by retaining high school graduates entering the workforce, reconnect those without continuing education into the best paying jobs available, engage two-generation households and create a long-term career case management system. The project will create 112 internships, award 44 certificates and serve 24 businesses.

Talent Pathways Planning Initiative Application | $250,000

Region 5: Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Poquoson, Southampton and York, the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC) will develop the Region 5 Talent Pathways Initiative (TPI) plans for Region 5’s cybersecurity/data analytics/modeling and simulation cluster, as well as the unmanned systems and aerospace cluster. HRWC will serve as the industry cluster talent-coordinating entity, utilizing labor market information and projections verified by an employer collaborative to form a tailored approach to the identified industry clusters.

Workforce Now | $230,000

Region 6: Counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford, and the city of Fredericksburg

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will increase work-based learning opportunities by hosting two internship expos to create and fill work-based learning opportunities and connect talent with jobs across Region 6, as well as hosting six workshops focusing on internship preparedness for both businesses and students. The project will serve 200 businesses and create 200 work-based learning opportunities.

Center of Entrepreneurship | $240,192

Region 2: Counties of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell, and the city of Lynchburg

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (LRBA) will support an entrepreneurial center of excellence for the Greater Lynchburg region that will serve as an anchor and catalyst for the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This project will provide local entrepreneurs with a shared workspace, increased access to capital, business development events, and training and development support, as well as a support services network. The project will create 42 jobs and serve 20 businesses.

Rural Entrepreneur Ecosystem Building | $200,000

Region 9: Counties of Culpeper, Greene and Orange, and the town of Culpeper

Following recommendations made in the Region 9 Rural Entrepreneurship Report, Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) will build and engage entrepreneurial networks in rural counties across GO Virginia Region 9. This will be achieved through entrepreneur workshops, target sector support services, training, and technical advising for new businesses. This project will create 30 jobs, create 15 new businesses, and expand 60 existing businesses, while serving 200 businesses and engaging 250 entrepreneurs.

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Expanding GO TEC Pathways | $139,732

Region 3: Counties of Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will increase dual enrollment opportunities for high school students and expand the pool of qualified workers in the mechatronics industry. The project will train 45 students and award over 165 credentials in three years.

Patrick and Henry Community College (P&HCC) Expanding GO TEC Pathways | $118,545

Region 3: Henry County and the city of Martinsville

Patrick and Henry Community College will increase dual enrollment opportunities in welding and expand the pool of qualified workers by offering courses for students in Henry County Public Schools and Martinsville City Public Schools. The program will enroll and train 27 students in two years, with participants able to pursue further certification upon graduation.

CvilleBioLab | $100,000

Region 9: Counties of Albermarle and Louisa, and the city of Charlottesville

CvilleBioHub will complete the operational, pre-construction and marketing activities necessary to open their CvilleBioLab, a wet lab incubator and accelerator that will be available to emerging biotechnology firms in the region. The project will allow CvilleBioHub, an organization that serves the region’s Biotech community, to position itself to open a web lab incubator/accelerator that will allow early-stage biotech startups to scale up their operations. This project intends to grow the Biomedical & Biotechnology cluster across the region.

The Cyber-Guild | $100,000

Region 7: Counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William

The Cyber-Guild will create a 2023-27 strategic plan that focuses organization leadership and resources on programs that will advance the mission, determine robust metrics to show value and inform future work and establish the core resource sand staff needed to deliver successful implementation. This project will support the region in gaining recognition as a cybersecurity hub, attract talent to meaningful careers in cybersecurity and attract investors to build and retain cybersecurity businesses locally.

Project Collective Impact: Life Science Workforce Preparedness | $100,000

Region 7: Counties of Fairfax and Prince William

George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for Health Workforce and Institute for BioHealth Innovation, in partnership with Phoenix Advantage, will conduct a workforce gap analysis in the life sciences industry by assessing employer needs, employment trends, workforce supply and demand projections. This plan will then be used to support the design of a program that will support the region’s growing life sciences workforce talent pipeline.

Small Modular Reactor Site Feasibility | $100,000

Region 1: Counties of Lee, Wise, Scott and Dickenson, and the city of Norton

The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission in partnership with independent subject matter experts will examine the feasibility of developing multiple Small Modular Reactor site locations within the Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority (LPRIFA) geographic footprint.

Metal Workforce Training Center | $99,900

Region 2: Bedford County and the town of Bedford

The town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority will develop a master plan to determine programming and an operational model for the proposed “Regional Metal Workforce Retention Center.” This project will define a public-private business model that encourages corporate participation and facilitates the expansion of the Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) Career Technical Education (CTE) Academy, filling the institutional gap between formal certificate-level training and the specific skills needed by local industries.

Young Entrepreneurs Program | $98,000

Region 6: Counties of King George and Gloucester, and the town of Colonial Beach

The King George County Economic Development and Tourism Department will develop and pilot a pitch competition for students to present business design ideas and document the pilot-building experiences in a resource guide that can be used in similar programs in Region 6. This project will create businesses, internships and mentorships in targeted industry sectors across the region and will create collaboration between government, schools, businesses, youth organizations and existing entrepreneurs.

Small Modular Reactor Supply Chain Analysis | $50,000

Region 1: Counties of Dickenson, Lee, Wise and Scott, and the city of Norton

The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, in partnership with Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority (RIFA), will prepare a regional SME manufacturing supply chain report. This report will be used to identify existing businesses for retooling and recruiting new businesses to provide the baseline for manufacturing jobs needed to support the small modular reactor supply chain.