About Region 2

Region 2 consists of the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem; and the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke.

Virginia Tech’s Center for Economic and Community Engagement serves as Region 2’s support organization. The support organization will provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 2.

Region 2 At-A-Glance

Total Population
Total Employment
Unemployment Rate
Median Income Level

IT, Engineering, and Emerging Tech
Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Materials and Machinery Manufacturing
Transportation and Autonomy Manufacturing

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

Dr. Eddie Amos, Chair, GE Digital (Retired) *
Michelle Austin, Bank of Botetourt
Dr. Nathaniel Bishop, Carilion Clinic
Dr. John Capps, Central Virginia Community College
Kenneth Craig, Liberty University
Janice Crawford, Framatome Inc.
Beverly Dalton, English Construction *
Sandy Davis, BCR Property Management *
Paul Denham, Southern Air Inc.
Dr. Michael Friedlander, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Vince Hatcher, Hollingsworth & Vose Company
Don Halliwill, Carilion Clinic
Mike Hamlar, Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home
Dr. Patricia Huber, New River Community College
Fourd Kemper, Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law
Marty Muscatello, MM Consulting
Kimball Payne, Berkley Group
Debbie Petrine, Commonwealth Care
John Putney, Beford County
Amy Sebring, Virginia Tech
Dr. Ray Smoot, Virginia Tech Foundation (Retired) *
Luke Towles, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Justin Yalung,  IV Labs, Inc.

*member of Executive Committee

Regional Resources

For other news and updates, please visit Region 2’s blog here.


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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.