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"Develop the capacity to attract, seed and grow new and existing talent and business."

Shenandoah Valley Resources

ASQ Innovation Interest Group

The ASQ Innovation Interest Group works to educate executives and business and quality professionals in the development of business strategies related to innovation, as well as promote the technologies, methodologies and tools needed for effective innovation development and management.

CSPDC Grant Resource Guide

The CSPDC has developed Grant Resource Center containing regularly updated information on many of the grants available in our region. The Grant Resource Center lists state and federal grant sources, eligibility criteria and requirements, application guidelines and grant deadlines, as well as, links to grant agency websites. 

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC)

For over 45 years, the CSPDC  has been providing planning services and technical assistance to its member jurisdictions with issues including; comprehensive and land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, solid waste management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness education, and human services. 

Mass investor database (Provided by JMU Libraries)

Open Source Staunton

Open Source Staunton loves open source. From the Linux operating system to arduino electronics and all the points in between. They meet monthly at LightCastle Consulting in downtown Staunton for scheduled talks, hack sessions, demos, and anything else that might be connected with the free (as in speech) software while they drink some free beer.

State Resources

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies. Created in 1985, CIT, a non-profit corporation, plugs gaps at the earliest stages of the Innovation Continuum – commercialization and seed funding – as it helps entrepreneurs launch and grow high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs for the future

Sourcelink Virginia

Sourcelink Virginia is a statewide database that connects small business owners and entrepreneurs to the resources available in their regions using a licensed database system.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is to be a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN)

The Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN) is a consortium of public and private sector organizations working to advance and support small business and entrepreneurship-based approaches to community & economic development. VCEN has a broad array of partners who seek to demonstrate the collective impact of community economic development initiatives, to build greater awareness of innovative and successful practices, to foster value-added collaborations and networking among key stakeholders, and to reduce the information gaps that prevent entrepreneurs and small businesses from accessing the resources available to help them. 

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Commonwealth of Virginia is considered by many to be “best state for business”. With low operating costs, a pro-business environment, access to global markets and a skilled and educated workforce, Virginia makes it easy for businesses to say "Yes" to more opportunities, more growth and more success. 

Virginia MOU

Virginia’s public institutions of higher education have renewed and expanded their commitment to economic development.  College and university leaders signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). 

National Resources

U.S. EDA Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Economic Development Administration's investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States. This foundation builds upon two key economic drivers - innovation and regional collaboration. Innovation is key to global competitiveness, new and better jobs, a resilient economy, and the attainment of national economic goals. Regional collaboration is essential for economic recovery because regions are the centers of competition in the new global economy and those that work together to leverage resources and use their strengths to overcome weaknesses will fare better than those that do not. 

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)

The Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) is a project of SSTI funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to establish and support a virtual nationwide community of nonprofit Venture Development Organizations (VDOs).