Governor McDonnell Announces Awarding of $200,000 for the Building Collaborative Communities Program

Program Promotes Regional Economic Collaboration across Virginia

RICHMOND – December 11, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Bob McDonnell today announced $200,000 in funding for three collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically-distressed areas that stimulate job creation, economic development and provide a significant return on state investment.

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“Building Collaborative Communities encourages cooperation between communities to reach common goals,” said Governor McDonnell. “Since the inception of this program, we have seen great regional partnerships created and fostered through this program, as well as the involvement from the private sector, community organizations, and various other regional organizations.”

Building Collaborative Communities is a broad-based program that brings to bear resources from a number of state entities, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Senior Economic Advisor, Department of Business Assistance, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Community College System, and other agencies as appropriate. The Commonwealth is providing $200,000 to support this program in FY2014.

The following projects were awarded funding through the Building Collaborative Communities program:

Applicant and
Localities Targeted
Project Name Award Offer
Northern Neck Planning District Commission
(Counties of Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster and Northumberland and the towns of Colonial Beach, Montross, Warsaw, Kilmarnock, White Stone and Irvington)
Northern Neck Planning District Commission $ 85,000
Roanoke Regional Partnership
(Counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke, the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the town of Vinton)
Roanoke Regional Partnership $ 65,000
The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance
(Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry and Patrick and the cities of Danville and Martinsville)
The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance $ 50,000

Contact:
Amanda Pearson
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
(804) 371-7006

Taylor Thornley Keeney
(804) 225-4260

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