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RISE Collaborative provides support and resources for entrepreneurs and innovators

Starting, building, or growing your business doesn’t have to be a journey you take alone. RISE Collaborative centers you in a supportive ecosystem, where you can connect and grow with other innovators on their own journeys to success. Ask questions, get advice, share ideas, receive encouragement, make connections, and let the community empower you to reach new heights. Use our resources to grow your business in an environment that welcomes founders of all experience levels.

Learn more about RISE Collaborative
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Broadband Developments
in Region 3
Henry County agrees to $60 million fiber broadband plan for all businesses and residents
Henry County Board of Supervisors

The Henry County Board of Supervisors endorsed the county’s participation in a proposed $60 million project that will bring fiber broadband to businesses and residences throughout Henry County.

Funding for the project would come through for a potential grant from the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grant program jointly applied for by the West Piedmont Planning District Commission and the counties of Henry, Carroll, Patrick and Franklin.

Appalachian Power was chosen to install and deploy the fiber and RiverStreet Networks, an internet service provider headquartered in Danbury, N.C., was selected to provide the service.

Read more in The Martinsville Bulletin
For broadband, a regional approach
EMPOWER Broadband and Southside Planning District Commission

EMPOWER Broadband has partnered with the Southside Planning District Commission (SPDC) to submit an application for a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant to provide high-speed internet services timeline to remaining unserved and underserved areas in the counties of Brunswick, Halifax, Mecklenburg and the southern portion of Charlotte.

The grant application includes a projected cost of $61 million to provide universal fiber-to-the-home broadband coverage over a 36-month timeline. 

This regional approach has been strongly encouraged by VATI as it seeks to provide universal service to significant portions of the Commonwealth and meet Governor Ralph Northam’s directive to provide high-speed broadband to all those who lack needed broadband services.

Read more in The Gazette-Virginian

Meet our Council members
Listen in as Rhonda Hodges, vice president for workforce, economic, and community development with Patrick Henry Community College, explains how the GOVA Region 3 Advisory council is leading the charge in the region's economic and workforce development initiatives.
Economic Development Highlights from Region 3

Tyson Food coming to Region 3

GO Virginia Region 3
September 9, 2021

62 new jobs for Danville

Office of the Governor of Virginia
September 9, 2021

Food for Thought

What Are Clusters?

Today’s economic map of the world is characterized by “clusters.” A cluster is a geographic concentration of related companies, organizations, and institutions in a particular field that can be present in a region, state, or nation. Clusters arise because they raise a company's productivity, which is influenced by local assets and the presence of like firms, institutions, and infrastructure that surround it.

Key Concepts:

• Clusters increase productivity and operational efficiency.
• Clusters stimulate and enable innovation.
• Clusters facilitate commercialization and new business formation.


Cluster Initiatives

Cluster development initiatives are an important new direction in economic policy. Building on past efforts in macroeconomic stabilization, privatization, market opening, and reducing the costs of doing business, clusters can enhance competitiveness in today’s increasingly complex, knowledge-based, and dynamic economy.

As part of its long-running Cluster Mapping Project, the Institute is building a registry of U.S. cluster initiatives.  A similar effort is housed at the European Cluster Observatory.

Read about the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project
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