Stronger Economies Together (SET) Program

The Trans Tech Alliance with support from partners, applied to the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development in 2012 to be a part of the Stronger Economies Together training program. The Trans Tech Alliance, encompassing the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and the City of Emporia, is one of two multi-county regions in Virginia selected for the national “Stronger Economies Together” (SET) program.   

SET is a program designed to help regional teams develop new approaches to strengthen and enhance regional economic development activities.  The Creative Economy work will  be integrated into this planning process. 

 TransTech Alliance invites area residents and civic leaders to join the multi-session exploration of our regional economy. Participants will become part of a regional team that receives the latest tools, training, and technical assistance to help grow the region’s economy through local efforts in their own communities.

To register, please contact Heather Susee by e-mail at, or by phone at 434.447.7101.  There is no fee to participate.

All sessions will take place on Tuesdays, from 1-4 p.m. Future meeting locations will be in the Keysville and South Hill areas. Session dates and topics will be:

 Tuesday,  November 13  Producing a High Quality Plan, Meeting Summary Notes

 Tuesday, December 4 Developing Vison and Goals

 Tuesday, January 15 Exploring Economic Opportunities 

 Tuesday, February 26 Strategies for Enhancing the Regional Economy

 Tuesday, March 26 Regional Assets & Barriers

 Tuesday, April 23 Planning for Success

 Tuesday, May 28 Measuring for Success

View the August 21, 2012 keynote presentation by Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership executive director, at Southern Virginia’s 21st Century Economic Development: 7  Tips in 9 Minutes.

SET is made available by USDA Rural Development, in conjunction with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Association of Counties, and other state and local partners. TransTech Alliance invites area residents and civic leaders to join the multi-session exploration of our regional economy. Broad public participation is needed.


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