The Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security works in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to administer preparedness grant funding to Virginia localities and state agencies. These grants are released annually by the Department of Homeland Security through the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).
Virginia has developed a competitive process by which localities and state agencies submit project ideas for review and evaluation. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) hold regional meetings following the release of grant guidance from the Department of Homeland Security to explain the competitive process each year, including any changes in the federal guidelines and which of the federal and state strategic goals and objectives should be taken into consideration with project planning.
All projects should also take risk and threat into consideration as the intent behind the Homeland Security Grant Program is to prepare for, prevent and respond to terrorist attacks.
Grant Funding from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment
Due to the disestablishment of US Joint Forces Command, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security applied for grant funding from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment to assist in minimizing the impact to the Hampton Roads region. Working closely with the Secretaries of Technology, Education and Commerce and Trade, the Commonwealth reached out to the Hampton Roads Region to ask for ideas on ways to diversify the region to be less dependent on the Defense industry. A common theme developed, to create a comprehensive analysis of the Modeling and Simulation sector in Hampton Roads.
Key regional stakeholders who assisted on this project include: Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Partnership, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the City of Suffolk.
In April of 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia contracted with Chmura Economics & Analytics to create a comprehensive analysis of the modeling and simulation sector in Hampton Roads. Read the final documents (report and strategic plan) here Report , Appendix and Strategic Report.
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