York County drone facility funding grounded, for now

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A proposed facility for testing unmanned vehicles in York County was not included in the first round of projects approved for Go Virginia funding, but the regional head of Go Virginia thinks the project can get funding with some additions to the proposal.

The unmanned systems facility proposal requests $150,000, which participating localities would have to match. The $300,000 total from the state and localities would cover preliminary work and studies for the project before potentially coming back to purchase the land.

The state Go Virginia Board wanted more information but was supportive of aspects of the idea, according to Jim Spore.

Go Virginia has about $10.9 million available to distribute across the state’s nine regions. The maximum amount a region can get is based on its population. Hampton Roads, which is Region 5, is eligible for up to $2.2 million.