Vibrant Virginia Funds Proposals

Vibrant Virginia creates an avenue to blend the ideas and skills of faculty and staff at Virginia Tech to outside initiatives exploring community and economic development activities in urban and rural Virginia. At the core of the project, Vibrant Virginia highlights opportunities for community stakeholders from all sectors (government, education, industry, and non-profit) to the…

Virginia Program Bolsters the Future of Agriculture

From exploring the future of agriculture in Halifax County to examining the potential of a farm brewery at Montpelier, The Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development works on diverse projects that sometimes have little in common; however, a handful of recent projects are united by their common funding source: the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries…

GO Virginia: Creating economic opportunity through collaboration

The GO Virginia program could boost local Roanoke-Alleghany, Lynchburg, and New River Valley economies by exploring new pathways to economic growth and bringing together diverse stakeholders, according to supporters of the program. “GO Virginia is a great opportunity to have this part of Virginia thinking about our future and opportunities to pursue projects and programs…

Introduction to GO Virginia

  If you follow us on Twitter, you might have seen our photos from recent GO Virginia meetings. Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What exactly is GO Virginia and how is the Office of Economic Development involved?” In this brief introduction, we’ll explore what makes GO Virginia unique and how this program will work to create growth…

News Brief: Kauffman-Foundation Funded Study Explores Urban-Rural Entrepreneurship

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  Senior Economic Development Specialist Sarah Lyon-Hill recently completed a year-long project focused on identifying methods for analyzing the entrepreneurial climate of mixed urban-rural economies like the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. The project was funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and contributes to research on the entrepreneurial climate of mixed urban-rural communities. “Most [of the Kauffman…

Despite Volvo layoffs, optimism for manufacturing in the NRV

A photo of a worker completing a project in the Volvo manufacturing center in Dublin, Virginia.

By John Provo We were all saddened to hear an announcement of fresh layoffs at Volvo Trucks, especially so close to the holidays. Truck manufacturing is a cyclical industry, and folks who have been in the region for a while have been through this with Volvo before. However, this time it’s especially painful as the…