Government Support

State

  • Active support by Senator Warner and Governor McAuliffe
  • Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission, Special Advisor for Unmanned Systems appointed to the Secretary of Technology Office, Dave Hinton
  • Virginia Cybersecurity Council and cross promotion between both commissions
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Marketing Virginia as a place to bring UAS business
  • Enhanced visibility at AUVSI Annual conference
  • CIT Gap Funds – Seed and early-stage investment funds placing near-equity and equity investments in Virginia-based technology companies

Regional

  • NRV Regional Commission – Top 10 projects for 2015/2016 included researching potential for Center of Excellence related to unmanned systems development and aerospace manufacturing capabilities in the NRV
  • NRV Economic Development Alliance – Provides marketing of regional assets and confidential site selection services to unmanned systems companies looking to expand and/or relocate to the New River Valley
  • NRV Development Corporation – Low interest loans through regional revolving loan program

Local

  • Local economic development programs to support the success and growth of companies