Get involved

Think of this regional effort as a crucible.  We add in our region’s unique assets, placing them in the context of those of other communities.  We mix historic assets with economic and natural assets.  Who knows what might entrepreneurial strategies might emerge?

You can get involved in shaping the future of the region by leading or taking part in a regional conversation around a specific kind of asset or a local discussion about the assets of your commmunity. The results may identify new ways that we can work together for the future of the region.

Thanks to those who attended the regional gathering on August 21, 2012 at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus.  We had nearly more than 100 people there for an overview of next steps and a big announcement on the awarding of a Regional Community Development Initiatitve (RCDI) awarded the region by USDA Rural Development.  Grant partners include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Toursim Corporation, and Virginia Housing Development Authority. 

The first step in the process is a data-rich, objective look at the region through the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program.  Be on the lookout for an invitation to the first meeting in October.  Until then, learn more about the SET process here.

For more information or assistance in hosting a session on regional or local strategy, contact:

Michelle Jones
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
(804) 371-7131
michelle.d.jones@dhcd.virginia.gov

Sandra Tanner
Virginia Tourism Corporation    
(434) 757-7438
stanner@virginia.org

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