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:

John O. “Dubby” Wynne

Benjamin J. Davenport Jr.
Vice Chairman

Nancy Howell Agee

Hon. Brian Ball,
Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Del. M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox,
Speaker of the House of Delegates

Jim Dyke

Thomas F. Farrell II

Heywood W. Fralin

Leah Fremouw, M.P.A.

Sen. Janet D. Howell

Del. S. Chris Jones

Doug Juanarena

Del. Terry G. Kilgore

Del. R. Steven Landes

Hon. Aubrey Layne,
Secretary of Finance

Sen. Thomas K. Norment

Hon. Atif Qarni,
Secretary of Education

Sen. Frank M. Ruff

Steven C. Smith

Todd A. Stottlemyer

Don “Robin” Sullenberger, III

Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani

Marilyn H. West

Joe Wilson