About Region 8
Region 8 consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester; and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren.
The GO Virginia Region 8 Council is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the GO Virginia program in Region 8, including reviewing and awarding grants that incentivize collaboration between business, education, and local government. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission serves as Region 8’s fiscal and administrative support organization. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the state agency responsible for administering the GO Virginia program.How we're making a difference
These specific sectors were selected for economic development initiatives in Region 8 based on criteria such as high earnings potential, export orientation, and strong employment growth.
Financial & Business Services
Finance and Business Services sector provides finance, insurance, real estate, accounting, and consulting services with high regional job growth.
A reliable and vibrant health care sector is essential to attracting talent to the region and to grow overall quality of life.
Value-Added Food Manufacturing is an industry that marries Region 8’s agricultural roots with its manufacturing legacy.
Light Manufacturing has a strong legacy throughout Region 8 and has six subsectors with location quotients above 4.00.
Biomedical & Biotechnical
Region 8 has 107 establishments employing 2,466 workers with the top industry being Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing.
IT & Communications
The Information Technology and Communications sector employs 5,070 workers at 550 establishments.
The GO Virginia Project Team developed a Strategic Framework with Targeted Industries to enhance opportunities for job growth by identifying what makes Region 8 economically competitive and supporting industries with high paying wages.
A supportive environment for company growth and profitability beyond start-up is vital for a dynamic and stable economy.
The Region’s ED Ad Hoc Committee has taken steps to enhance site preparation through site characterization work.
Develop a productive workforce that aligns with the demands of the region’s businesses for long-term success and growth.
I have enjoyed supporting GO Virginia’s focus of aligning regional business leaders with municipal and other public stakeholders to create a unique organization that is investing in transformative economic development projects across Region 8.Chris Kyle , Regional Council Chair
Economic Investment by the Numbers
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