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

Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Information and Emerging Technologies
Life Sciences and Healthcare

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

Dr. Ray Smoot (Chair) 

Dr. Eddie Amos (Vice-chair) 

Michelle Austin

Dr. Nathaniel Bishop

Dr. John Capps

Kenneth Craig

Janice Crawford

Beverley Dalton

Sandy Davis

Paul Denham

Dr. John Dooley

William Fralin

Dr. Michael Friedlander

Vince Hatcher

Don Halliwill

Mike Hamlar

Dr. Patricia Huber

Dr. Victor Iannello

Fourd Kemper

Floyd Merryman

Marty Muscatello

Kimball Payne

Debbie Petrine

John Putney

Luke Towles

Regional Resources

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


Recent News



John Provo

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.