About Region 1

Region 1 consists of the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton; and the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.

UVA at Wise serves as Region 1’s support organization. The support organization will provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 1.

Region 1 At-A-Glance

Total Population
Total Employment
Unemployment Rate
Median Income Level

Advanced Manufacturing
Agriculture and Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Information and Emerging Technologies
Energy and Minerals

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

Mike Quillen, Chairman
Ron McCall, Vice-Chairman
Moir Beamer
Kyra Bishop
Sam Cassell
Cathy St. Clair
Lois Clark
Richard Edwards
Allan Funk
David Leonard
Donna Henry
Josh Lewis
Duane Miller
David Olive
Keith Perrigan
Beth Rhineheart
Dean Sprinkle
Travis Staton
Mike Stollings
Joe Gary Street

Regional Resources

Recent News

Danville Register and Bee
July 8, 2019
The Gazette-Virginian
July 5, 2019
Kingsport Times-News
June 28, 2019


Shannon Blevins

Notice: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the state agency responsible for administering the GO Virginia program. Any documents supplied on this page are sourced directly from DHCD. Please forward any administrative questions to DHCD.