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RISE Collaborative Announces 2023 Pitch Competition Winners

RISE Collaborative hosted its inaugural regional Business Pitch Competition on March 28, 2023, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Virginia. The event featured 13 businesses competing in either the Startup or Grow categories for a chance to win a portion of $18,500 in total prize funds.

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Patrick & Henry Community College Receives
GO Virginia Grant to Expand Dual Enrollment with GO TEC
WSET | April 4, 2023
On March 24, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $8.1 million in Growth and Opportunity Virginia grants, and of that, Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) will receive $118,545 to increase dual enrollment opportunities with GO TEC.
Patrick & Henry Community College Team Takes Top Prize at RISE Collegiate Business Plan Competition
Cardinal News | April 4, 2023

Sara Wall of Martinsville received $1,000 in funding as the winner of the RISE Collegiate Business Plan Competition, a contest in which the business plans of students from across Southern Virginia are pitted against one another to determine who has the most revolutionary idea. Wall’s winning business pitch was Swam, a retail store that connects consumers to environmentally safe products.

Economic Development News
Southside Virginia Leads State in Number of
Shovel-ready Industrial Sites
Danville Register & Bee | April 11, 2023

A total of 19 sites in Danville and Pittsylvania County were bumped up from tier-two to tier-four or tier-five sites under classification by the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program, said Linda Green, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.

“Southside Virginia leads the Commonwealth in the number of prepared sites, one of the reasons for the success they are achieving in business attraction,” the alliance stated in a news release last week. “The strategy by local elected officials, government and economic development staff to keep an inventory of ready sites that serve diverse industries leads to sites that are ready to market for prospects who need to ensure that the risks of building on the sites have been assessed and minimized.”

Food for Thought
Rural America at a Glance: 2022 Edition
USDA Economic Research Service

The composition of the rural labor force changed over the last two decades due to an overall decline in population growth, aging of the population and a changing industry structure. Both the urban and rural workforces became more racially and ethnically diverse during the 2010s, though the rural workforce remains less diverse than the urban. Two mainstay industries of the rural economy, agriculture and manufacturing, recorded growth in output and productivity, but not jobs. Rural America has become more economically diverse over time, with increasing employment in health care, hospitality and other service industries.

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