EO’s mission is to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so that people and communities can thrive.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Together, we can create endless opportunities for our region to thrive.

Our Purpose
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Our name is new. Our work is not.

EO is a Virginia-based 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so communities can thrive. We have a 60-year history of developing innovative programs, including the Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub, the Rural Summit, and Ignite Career Commons. At EO, we challenge the status quo and bring positive change to local economies by working with private, public, and philanthropic partners. We design and lead initiatives focused on education, workforce innovation, and wellness so that future generations can meet the demands of a rapidly evolving world and thrive.

EO: The Story Behind Our Name

In 2023, we worked with subject matter experts and community members for many months to create a name representing our regional programmatic work. After multiple listening and feedback sessions, and numerous iterations of names and brands, EO rose to the top as the clear winner.

EO is Latin for “go,” which represents how we work. We are driven by action to increase the quality of life within our community. EO is also a nod to Endless Opportunity, representing our hope for the region. We work hard with partners and communities to ensure everyone in our region has the opportunities needed to thrive. 

Focus Area: Education

We collaborate with educators from the cradle-to-career to ensure that future generations receive high-quality care and education.

Focus Area: Workforce innovation

We collaborate with employers, schools, and community partners to build and support a robust, skilled workforce.

Focus Area: Wellness

We provide programs and services to support the social-emotional health and well-being of children, families, and organizations to help transform our communities.

Solutions for Root Cause Issues

Through our body of work within any of our focus areas, we focus on the root cause of issues so that:

  • children learn and grow in healthy environments,
  • employers and businesses run at their fullest potential, and
  • young families find good jobs with livable wages right here at home.

The Cradle-to-Career Continuum

EO works along a cradle-to-career continuum that supports early childhood care and education, kindergarten readiness, reading proficiency, career discovery and exploration, internships, professional development, and early career job placement. We prioritize data-informed solutions that leverage community listening and cross-sector convening to build innovative and sustainable social change. 

EO currently provides programs in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford. Our programs and initiatives have a solid track record of success, and demand outside these localities is increasing. 

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