GO Virginia is a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative that is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate on economic and workforce development activities.

What Is GO Virginia’s Purpose?

GO Virginia supports programs to create more high-paying jobs through incentivized collaboration between business, education, and government to diversify and strengthen the economy in every region of the Commonwealth.

The initiative is based on three main points:

Virginia urgently needs strong private-sector growth.
Federal cutbacks have exposed our over-dependence on public-sector jobs. Virginia needs strong private-sector growth and job creation.

Growth in Virginia’s diverse regions requires collaboration.
To grow and diversify our economy, business, education, and government must collaborate effectively in each region.

State government must be a catalyst and partner.
State government must provide incentives for strategic, job-focused collaboration in each region
of the Commonwealth.

How Does GO Virginia Work?

The Growth & Opportunity Board, responsible for awarding allotted funds to relevant projects, oversees Regional Councils, who submit project ideas to the Board for approval. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development supports the administrative aspects of both these entities, and the GO Virginia Foundation supports these efforts through education about best practices and advocacy.

Our History

July 2015

GO Virginia Coalition is launched by Virginia’s senior business leadership with broad bipartisan support

April 2016

GO Virginia legislation and budget package passes

August 2016

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board (“GO Board”) members appointed

December 2016

GO Board sets the nine GO Virginia regional boundaries

March 2017

GO Virginia Regional Councils’ membership are certified

April 2017

GO Board holds “Orientation Conference” for regional council members and other interested stakeholders

September 2017

GO Board approves each region’s “Growth and Diversification Plan”

October 2017

GO Board approves the Collaborative Economic Development Act guidelines

December 2017

GO Board approves its first round of project grants