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Public Meeting Notice, GO Northern VA  (Region 7) Council Projects Committee on November 14, 2017, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.  This meeting is expected to be closed to the public.  

Location:  Northern Virginia Community College, Brault Building, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd., Annandale, VA

Public Meeting Notice, Go Northern VA (Region 7) Council on November 16, 2017, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  

Location:  Northern Virginia Community College, Brault Building, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd., Annandale, VA

Economic Growth and Diversity Plan

On Thursday, August 24th, the GO Northern Virginia Council authorized submission of its Economic Growth and Diversity Plan to the GO Virginia State Board for consideration and approval.  This Plan is a requirement of every regional GO Virginia Council, and northern Virginia’s Council for Region 7 has met that obligation.  The Plan includes three goals against which its strategies have been developed:  

1. Strengthening Northern Virginia’s technology workforce,

2. Accelerating the development of ‘growth’ companies, and

3. Enhance technology transfer and the commercialization of intellectual property from the region’s research centers and institutions.

The Plan will be reviewed against criteria provided each Region by the GO Virginia State Board by its September 12th meeting.  

The GO Northern Virginia Council’s Plan will be used as a guide as it soon evaluates Letters of Interest from groups with projects proposed to receive a portion of the $3.1 million the Council has for regional grants.  The Council’s goal is to ask select projects to complete comprehensive applications by sometime in October.  The Council will review these applications, and then plans to select 3 to be submitted to the GO Virginia State Board for approval in November of December.  The timeline is aggressive; however, the Council is confident that Northern Virginia’s private, government, and education sectors are well prepared to collaborate in putting together projects that will meet the Council’s overall goal of enhancing the region’s workforce ready to fill jobs to provide incomes above the current median annual income of $70,000.  

Region 7 GO VA Economic Growth and Diversification Plan

GO NOVA Seeks Project Letters of Interest
GO NOVA, the Go Virginia Northern Virginia Region 7 Council, is now accepting Letters of
Interest for projects to be funded by the State’s new initiative to create jobs in high-wage
industries. Region 7 includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William;
and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. $3.2 million in state funds is available for award in this region, and will be shared by several successful proposals. In addition, $11.1 million in competitive state-wide funds is available for projects that engage localities in two or more of the state’s regions.

Projects funded will address one or more of the Council’s three broad goals:

• Grow and strengthen Northern Virginia’s technology workforce,
• Support the expansion of small and medium sized growth companies, and
• Increase technology transfer and commercialization activities from research centers
and institutions

Projects supported by GO Virginia Funding must:

• Involve industries that pay average annual wages greater than $70,000 in 2016 (see
Attachment 1 for a list of qualifying industries),
• Benefit two or more jurisdictions (county or independent city) in Region 7, or at least
one Region 7 jurisdiction and a jurisdiction located elsewhere in Virginia,
• Commit non-state sources of matching funds (50/50), including participation by
included jurisdictions. “Non-state sources” means funding that is public (local or federal
not state funding), private funding, or quantified in-kind
• Generate new spending to Northern Virginia (not just recirculating local spending)

Proposed projects may use GO Virginia funding to start new programs and initiatives or expand successful existing programs.

Your letter of interest should:

• Identify agencies involved in the proposed project
• Provide a brief description (250 words maximum) of the project
• Describe the expected outcome or result and the time period for achievement
• Identify jurisdictions to be covered/involved
• Identify the approximate amount of funding you would request from GO Virginia
• Indicate potential sources of 50/50 matching funds
• List contacts (including email addresses) for key participants

Letters of interest to GONoVaProjects Email  beginning September 4, 2017. Additional project criteria and application information will be available shortly. For further information and to join the notification mailing list contact GONoVaProjects

Attachment 1
August 1, 2017
Sample Industries and Occupations for Region & Priority Clusters
(not exclusive or exhaustive)
Cluster NAICS/SOC Description

Computer Services
541511 Custom Computer Programming Services
541512 Computer Systems Design Services
541513 Computer Facilities Management Services

Cyber Security
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts
15-1122 Information Security Analysts
15-1143 Computer Network Architects

Consulting Services
541611 Administrative Management & General Mgt Consulting Services
541612 Human Resources Consulting Services
541690 Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

Financial Services
523991 Trust, Fiduciary, and Custody Activities
522220 Sales Financing
523910 Miscellaneous Intermediation

Engineering Services
541330 Engineering Services

Research Organizations
541711 Research and Development in Biotechnology
541712 Research & Development (Physical, Engineering, & Life Sciences)
541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Life Sciences
325412 Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
334516 Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
621511 Medical Laboratories 

Go NoVA Executive Committee
Go NoVA Executive Committee meeting was held on Friday, September 8th at 3:00 pm at 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA  22031

Final Go Virginia Northern Virginia Regional Council Economic Growth and Diversity Plan

Regional Council (Region 7) Summary Minutes
Minutes for the September 14, 2017 meeting