In June, GO Virginia Region 8 Council approved a proposal to fund the Agricultural Innovation Center in Buena Vista. Proposed by The Advancement Foundation, the Agricultural Innovation Center plans to transform a vacant 37,000 square-foot factory in downtown Buena Vista into a flagship, ag-tech innovation facility featuring a business accelerator and classrooms, ag and food tech labs, a small-scale manufacturing space, a processing and product development space, and a commercial kitchen. Requested GO Virginia funds would help to establish the Center’s business acceleration and commercialization program, execute the value-added product development program, and provide initial funding for the purchase of manufacturing and processing equipment. Partnering localities include the City of Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Town of Elkton, and City of Winchester.
The project is currently being reviewed by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and will be considered by the GO Virginia State Board at their September meeting for final funding approval. The CSPDC has provided grant support and administration.