Economic Development



Region 9 received $245,000 in Go Virginia funding for the GWC Piedmont Technical Education Center. The proposed project will redevelop the former George Washington Carver High School into the state-of-the-art GWC Piedmont Technical Education Center to train machinists and welders. New Pathways Tech Inc. will operate the facility in partnership with Germanna Community College and the American Institute of Welding to train machinists and welders for the region’s advanced manufacturing industry. Click here to read more.

Click here to register. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a How-to-Apply Workshop for the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund Per Capita and Competitive Grants. The event will be held on April 11, 2018 from 9am-12pm at the University of Richmond. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.

The Applied Research Institute will host the Annual Commonwealth Conference on National Defense and Intelligence. This year's theme is "Resilience for National Security." Click here to learn more.

The University is partnering with the Central Virginia Economic Development Partnership to support the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity.Region 9 GO Virginia Application Deadlines are:

  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • April 3, 2018
  • May 30, 2018

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The University of Virginia Cancer Center established the Cancer Center Without Walls Advisory Board in 2013 bringing together representatives of Virginia Health Districts One, Two and Three (of which Smyth County is a part) to act as a bridge between the UVA Cancer Center and the community to help reduce cancer disparities and improve health in Southwest Virginia. Click here to read more.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that $3.15 million has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) Apprentice Academy. Click here to read more.

The Charlottesville region is a great place to live, work, study and play. Click here to see why.