This round is set to put $200,000 directly into the hands of local businesses

On Thursday, Aug 6th, Mecklenburg County’s CARES Act Committee approved a request by the County’s Tourism Coordinator, to fund a second round of the Gift Card Match Program at $100,000. The program, first launched in May of this year, is designed to support small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic by offering a dollar-for-dollar match on gift cards purchased through the online store to any for-profit, locally-owned, non-franchise, retail, restaurant or service-based business located in Mecklenburg County.

The Commonwealth is launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants of up to three times the applicant's average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum award of $10,000. The application will become available on August 10, 2020.

Virginia’s Growth Alliance and The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance have joined forces with other collaborative partners to create a Bridge to Recovery program to support the GO Virginia Region 3 service area as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bridge to Recovery program recently received a $925,000 grant from GO Virginia to assist with providing immediate and impactful funding for businesses through the recovery periods of the COVID-19 pandemic and to bridge supply chain needs of companies with service providers.

Company to invest $31.7 million to establish first-of-its-kind waste plastics facility and manufacturing operation

photo of Braven Environmental workersGovernor Ralph Northam today announced that Braven Environmental, a leader in deriving fuel from landfill-bound plastic, will invest $31.7 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Cumberland County’s shell building. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 52 new jobs. This is the first economic development announcement for Cumberland County since 2009.

“Braven Environmental will bring well-paid job opportunities to the citizens of Cumberland County while lessening our overall environmental footprint in the years to come,” said Governor Northam. “Providing the business environment and infrastructure to attract operations of this kind to rural Virginia is critical to our efforts to generate economic growth in all corners of the Commonwealth. Our economy is hurting right now, and these new jobs will have a great impact in the region.”

The Virginian Spring 2020 coverCOVID-19 is keeping us all at home but you can still get a glimpse of things to do in VGA with the Spring 2020 issue of The Virginian, our lifestyle magazine.

Virginia's Growth Alliance has unique attractions that many aren't even aware of, places like:

  • Yogaville, or Satchidananda Ashram, one of the world's premier Yoga destinations, retreat centers, and living Yoga communities;
  • MacCallum More Museum & Gardens, listed on the Virginia Landmark Registry and the National Historic Register, features an arboretum, herb, wildflower, rose and theme gardens, as well as, fountains and eclectic imported works of art.

Check out The Virginian to learn more about life in Virginia's Growth Alliance. Read it now!


On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Lake Country Development Corporation amended their COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program. Funds are available through an application process for a maximum of $20,000 for small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses must be located in the Planning District Commission 13 region which includes the Counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg and localities within the region. Applicants must complete an application and provide required documentation to be considered.

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