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 Office of Economic Development 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
Ab Boxley, Vice Chair
Marla Akridge
Eddie Amos
Amy Ankrum
Dr.  Nathaniel Bishop
Dr.  John Capps
Kenneth Craig
Beverly Dalton
Sandy Davis
Dr.   John Dooley
Watt Foster
William Fralin
Dr.  Michael Friedlander
Don Halliwill
Mike Hamlar
Dr.  Brian Hemphill
Dr.  Victor Iannello
Terry Jamerson
Floyd Merryman
Marty Muscatello
Kimball Payne
Debbie Petrine
John Putney
Matthew Stewart

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.