From a GA…Cultural Events’ Economic Impact

Artistic and cultural activities can enhance communities’ livelihood and well-being in myriad ways; from increasing local pride of cultural assets and willingness to preserving them, to growth in employment and tax revenue brought by cultural tourists (See this article for more information about socioeconomic impacts of art and culture). Cultural Economists believe that art and…

From a GA…a New River Valley Gem, Roanoke

Roanoke Star

What does the average Virginia Tech undergraduate think about Roanoke? Probably not much at all. I may be speaking for myself, but during my first few years as a student in Blacksburg, Roanoke was a way point for my travels from home to campus. I visited downtown, ate dinner in Grandin Village, and stocked up…

From a GA…Community Change Collaborative

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is restructuring its existing Community Voices, Trustees Without Borders, Community Change Journal and community-based research programs into one overarching initiative, which will now be called the Community Change Collaborative (CCC).  While still an evolving concept, CCC aims to unite theory and praxis through projects, research, education, and forums…

From a GA…Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

When many of us think about our nation’s large and robust transportation and warehousing sector, we think of large trucks on the highway, delivery confirmations on Amazon packages that couldn’t get here soon enough, and the mirage of a locomotive hurling down a narrow track. What many of us don’t consider is how vital this…

Vibrant Virginia Quarterly Engagement Meeting

Two weeks ago the Vibrant Virginia team in conjunction with the Office of Economic Development held their first Quarterly Engagement meeting. This meeting brought together Virginia Tech faculty and staff with external partners from throughout the regional community to learn more about engagement projects faculty and staff are working on. Participants learned about past and current…