Developing a Diverse Economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia

Contact: Jordan Butler
Telephone: 804-786-7692


Help Spread The Word!

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has launched the second round of its Talent Attraction Program, after a successful first round concluded last fall, and we need your help in getting the word out to eligible students. The Commission is offering up to $48,000 in student loan repayment over four years for recent and soon-to-be graduates who live and work in certain hard-to-fill occupations in Virginia’s Tobacco Region (southern and southwest VA). These occupations include public school teachers in STEM, Career/Technical Ed, or Special Education; industrial and electrical engineers; information security, network, and computer systems analysts; occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists. They must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher after March 15, 2019, and before December 31, 2020.

The application deadline is March 15, 2020. We have created a flier to help you get the word out which you can find HERE. For full program details visit our website at

We appreciate your assistance in helping us get the word out about this unique opportunity for students to potentially see their student loan debt significantly decreased or eliminated.

Additionally, we are partnering with the Va. Dept. of Health for their loan repayment program in healthcare occupations. They are accepting applications through March 31, 2020. You can find more information about their program HERE.

Thanks again for helping us get the word out about this exciting program.

About The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded over 2000 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.

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