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Regional Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Regional Entrepreneurship Initiative’s goal is to update and advance the regional entrepreneurship strategy in GO Virginia Region 4 based on current conditions to produce an inclusive, comprehensive, and sustainable approach to leverage entrepreneurship as a mode of economic development.

The strategy must be inclusive of all the unique geographies in Region 4 while also encompassing all new venture creation, including small businesses and tech-driven startups. 

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Regional Stakeholder Meetings

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REI Stakeholder Meeting:
December 16, 2021

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REI Stakeholder Meeting:
February 2, 2022

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REI Stakeholder Meeting:
April 6, 2022

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REI Stakeholder Meeting:
May 18, 2022

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REI Stakeholder Meeting:
July 20, 2022

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REI Stakeholder Meeting: September 14, 2022

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Regional Representation and Inclusion

The Regional Entrepreneurship Strategy must include the localities of Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. The Richmond region includes Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Richmond.

The Initiative will be guided by a strategy committee made up of:

  • Brian Anderson, ChamberRVA
  • Keith Boswell, Virginia Gateway Region
  • Jen Finn, Activation Council
  • Leah Fremouw, Virginia Community Capital
  • Dr. Danni Gladden-Green, Virginia Union University – Women’s Business Center
  • Dewitt Haile, VSU
  • Somiah Lattimore, University of Richmond
  • Dena Moore, Community Foundation
  • Paul Nolde, Riverflow Growth Fund
  • Betsey Odell, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Dr. Patrice Perry-Rivers, VSU
  • Natalie Slate, Greensville County
  • Lorin Sodell, VSU/CCAM
  • Todd Waldo, Hugh Helen LLC
  • Rodney Williams, SBDC
  • Melody Short, Jackson Ward Collective

We are honored to announce that the Richmond-Petersburg region is a winner of the national Build Back Better Regional Challenge and are thankful for the collaboration that made this transformative grant possible.

Learn more about the award and how it will spark transformational change.