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GO Virginia’s regional council has 15 programs funded and under contract

Over the past two years, 15 programs have received grant funding from GO Virginia’s Region 2 Council in the following areas:

Developing talent

  • Stopping the Brain Drain Strategy Development
  • works to develop a complete talent attraction and retention program, aiming to keep graduates of the 25 colleges and universities in the region from moving away for jobs after they finish school.
  • GO Virginia Region 2 Talent Collaborative
  • works to stimulate the entire region’s economic growth by closing the skill and interest gap in middle- to high-skilled occupations in manufacturing, health care and information technology.
  • Enhancing the Region through New Technology for Unmanned Systems
  • works with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to help build a drone technology program for the Alleghany Highlands region.
  • Regional Career and Technical Education Study
  • , through the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board, will increase the availability and alignment of CTE programs in the region.
  • Ignite,
  • through the United Way of Southwest Virginia, will expand efforts to facilitate regional collaboration between schools and employers to equip and retain the next generation of the local workforce.
  • Developing a Destination for Talent
  • will connect an untapped pool of Virginia Tech undergraduates to regional employers seeking to find and retain talent and will provide faculty members with networking opportunities.
  • Blockchain Ecosystem Catalyst
  • , a collaboration of officials from Virginia Tech and Valleys Innovation Council, will address talent needs for mid-career professionals by providing seminars, short courses and training events that would ultimately lead to blockchain certifications.

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