Development Defined from the Bottom Up

Development as a word and a concept is entangled in our everyday conversations, one rarely thinks about its meaning or origin. For those who work in economic development/community development/human development and similar careers, however, mull over the meaning and evolution of development concept, and can deeply change their perspective and hence their practice. Beliefs about…

Let’s be Nicer to Cyclists, They Do More Then Take Up Space

My experience with cycling is changing. I spent four years racing at the highest collegiate level at Virginia Tech, however, a significant reduction in free-time and a long list of injuries has shifted my interest in the sport. Most of my riding during my racing days focused on training, now, I ride more recreationally. One…

Amazon HQ2 Headquarters approaching Arlington, VA

Walking down my high school hallways on what I thought would be a regular day, I heard the word “Amazon” echoed from student to student like a broken record player. When Amazon announced it would build one of two headquarters in Northern Virginia, the news spread across Northern Virginia like the latest celebrity gossip. Many…

Public Banks, An Economic Debate

A running joke amongst my friends was that North Dakota didn’t exist in that we had never met anyone from there, nor had we met anyone who knew someone from the state. Whether you know a North Dakotan or not, I can assure you that it is both real and is thriving. For instance, the…

Vibrant Virginia, creating a forum for campus engagement connections

Being a Land-Grant university, Virginia Tech has myriad of faculty, staff, students, and resources actively working with local, regional, and statewide partners to promote shared prosperity across the Commonwealth. These engagement activities include applied research, project, studio classes, undergrad and graduate class projects, technical assistance and so much more. The exact scope or number of…

Revitalizing Virginia’s Coalfield Pt. II

Last month I wrote “Revitalizing Virginia’s Coalfield”, on ways to propel the region’s economy forward by providing new, innovative jobs, and all-the-while protecting the region’s other most valuable asset, its natural resources. In that post, I discussed an OED project I worked on that focused on the reuse of former surface mining sites for economic…