Governor McAuliffe announces $200,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding

virginiaGovernor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced $200,000 in funding for five collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically-distressed areas to stimulate job creation, economic development and provide a significant return on state investment

“The Building Collaborative Communities program facilitates successful regional partnerships that generate prosperity across our Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Regional collaboration is critical as we work to build a new Virginia economy, and we continue to see the impact it has in bringing businesses and jobs to communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

While announcing the grant in Rapidan, Virginia, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, “The Piedmont area recognizes the importance of regional food systems to healthy and economically vibrant communities, and through the Building Collaborative Communities grant, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will further advance and support regional agri-business initiatives.”

“We know that growing the new Virginia economy requires teamwork among our communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Through the BCC program, we are supporting projects that make Virginia a great place to live, visit and do business.”

Selected projects will focus on and facilitate significant involvement from the private sector, economic development agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, local leaders and governmental officials. The Commonwealth is providing $200,000 to support this program in FY2015.

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

 

Applicant and

Localities Targeted

Project NameAward Offer
Friends of Southwest Virginia

(Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and the cities of Bristol, Galax and Norton)

My Southwest Virginia Opportunity     $ 50,000
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
(Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex and the towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna and West Point)
Middle Peninsula Regional Economic Development     $ 19,275
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission

(Counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock)

George Washington Carver Agriculture Center     $ 63,000
Region 2000 Local Government Council

(Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, the city of Lynchbur,g and the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Brookneal and Pamplin City)

Region 2000 Regional Food Distribution Planning     $ 19,275
Virginia’s Growth Alliance

(Counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward)

Virginia’s Growth Alliance Regional Economic Development Blueprint     $ 48,450

 



augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.