This December, the GO Virginia State Board awarded The Advancement Foundation a $550,000 Per Capita Grant for an Ag Innovation Center in downtown Buena Vista. The Advancement Foundation will repurpose a vacant industrial site into a multiuse manufacturing, business incubation, and product development facility. GO Virginia funds will support staff and programming at the Ag Innovation Center. The project aligns with the City of Buena Vista’s new Downtown Revitalization Plan, as well as the CSPDC’s Ag Enterprise Feasibility Study and JMU’s Industrial Hemp Study (two GO Virginia-funded initiatives). CSPDC staff assisted the grant application and will administer the GO Virginia grant.