On March 6, 2018 the Blue Ridge Re-Entry Council hosted an educational summit for individuals, agencies, and organizations involved with assisting those transitioning from incarceration or for anyone interested in positive outcomes for returning citizens. The event was hosted at Central Virginia Community College.

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe joined Governor Ralph Northam on January 8, 2018 to unveil a new brand to unify Virginia’s workforce development system. The system, which includes a network of state and local partners and 62 One Stop Career Centers, will carry the name Virginia Career Works once the brand is fully activated later this year.

Appomattox County, with funding provided through the Department of Housing and Community Development CDBG Urgent Need, continues to support those families and homes still in need of assistance to fix and repair damage from the February 2016 tornado event.

Teams of leaders from across the region have been meeting to complete the Region 2000 Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Implementation Plan, or five-year roadmap to implement projects, programs, and partners that will “advance the economic vitality” of our region.

The James River Association (JRA), in partnership with the Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will be planning 3,000 trees at farms along various tributaries of the James River this spring!

Amherst County continues to implement projects that will benefit the Old Town Madison Heights community. The County, working in coordination with Amherst County Service Authority (ACSA), has received another grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD).

Finding a carpool match is all about connecting, so RIDE Solutions has added a new tool to help rideshare seekers in our area find each other, arrange rides, and share information.

GO Virginia is a statewide program to incentivize economic development initiatives with state funds to supplement local resources.

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