The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board is a public 24-member policy board that is responsible for several aspects of GO Virginia’s implementation.


Specifically, the GO Board is responsible for:

  • Promoting collaborative regional economic and workforce development opportunities;
  • Certifying the GO Virginia Regions and Regional Councils;
  • Distributing Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund monies;
  • Reviewing applications for monies from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund and rewarding those funds to qualifying projects;
  • Collecting and disseminating information regarding local, state, and national best practices related to collaborative regional economic and workforce development activities;
  • Organizing advisory committees around industry clusters and other areas of opportunity to inform the work of the regions; and
  • Advising and reporting to the Governor and General Assembly

Board Members

The current members of the Growth and Opportunity Board are:

Thomas F. Farrell II

Benjamin J. Davenport Jr.
Vice Chairman

Nancy Howell Agee

Hon. Brian Ball,
Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Del. Lamont Bagby

Sen. George Barker

Jim Dyke

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn
Speaker of the House of Delegates

Heywood Fralin

Leah Fremouw

Sen. Janet D. Howell

Doug Juanarena

Hon. Aubrey Layne,
Secretary of Finance

Del. Martha Mugler

Hon. Atif Qarni
Secretary of Education

Sen. Frank M. Ruff

Steven C. Smith

Todd A. Stottlemyer

Robin Sullenberger

Del. Luke Torian

Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani

Marilyn H. West

Joe Wilson

John O. “Dubby” Wynne