Multi-generational Support for Our Region
The new Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub is a solution to gaps in the regional economic ecosystem in rural Southwest Virginia. It will make employment in the labor force a feasible choice for families and provide talent development solutions for the emerging and adult workforce.
Located in the heart of Southwest Virginia, a state-of-the-art building will be home to a childcare center, high-tech STEM labs, and a career simulation center.
This is Our Home
We envision a Southwest Virginia that is known as one of the best places in America to live, work, and raise a family. A place where:
- children can learn and grow in a healthy environment
- employers and businesses run at their fullest potential
- no one has to leave for a good job with a livable wage
It takes work, dedication, and a passion for this region and its people to move from a bold idea to reality.
Support Where it’s Needed Most
The childcare shortage in Southwest Virginia affects more than half of our children. The region’s childcare centers have the maximum estimated capacity to only serve 41% of children.
A new childcare center will serve 300 children, aged birth to five with classrooms and indoor activity and recreation space.
Southwest Virginia has some of the lowest labor force participation rates in the state. In 2019, 31.3% of adults in SWVA did not work.
The center will offer high-tech spaces for industry-recognized certifications and credentials through workforce development programs.
K-12 Career Readiness
Young workers aged 16-29 experience higher rates of unemployment compared to the region’s overall average of 3.7%.
A year-round workforce exploration center will provide K-12 students with hands-on career simulation to spur interest in our region's manufacturing and STEM jobs.