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Virginia Resources

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
CIT is the only resource in the Commonwealth that offers a “holistic” supply and demand approach to solving the broadband equation. The current mission of CIT’s Broadband Program is to “accelerate the socio-economic growth of Virginia’s rural and underserved areas through the application and use of broadband telecommunications.” This bold mission statement emphasizes the idea that the true value of broadband telecommunications infrastructure is derived from the applications that traverse its capacity, not the mere existence of the infrastructure. In keeping with its mission, CIT is assisting communities across Virginia planning network deployments.

Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT)
CGIT is an interdisciplinary center that stands ready to partner with university researchers, government agencies, and the private sector to research and develop advanced uses of geospatial technologies. CGIT has partnered with CIT to create the Broadband Planning and Analysis Toolbox in order to assist localities in broadband planning.

Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN)
VGIN was established in 1997 in Virginia Code to “foster the creative utilization of geographic information and oversee the development of a catalog of GIS data available in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
VDHCD offers block grants to communities for both planning and implementation of telecommunications efforts, allowing communities to identify and develop all elements necessary to create a successful community broadband network. Funds are distributed to eligible communities on a first-come, first-serve basis, and implementation grant focus on ‘last-mile’ installations.

Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
The TICRC’s Economic Development and Special Projects programs fund projects that bring technology solutions, including affordable open access, high-speed connectivity to economic development sites in the tobacco-region counties of Virginia.

Virginia Resources Authority
Virginia Resources Authority tailors low-cost financing solutions that take advantage of unique capabilities to issue bonds backed by the moral obligation of the Commonwealth and to make revolving fund loans at below-market interest rates. Its mission encompasses financing infrastructure in the areas of environmental quality, public health, wireless broadband telecommunications, transportation, economic development, brownfields remediation, and public safety.

Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state-local partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.