Monthly Archives: February 2019

Vibrant Virginia in Hampton Roads

On February 11th-13th the Vibrant Virginia team headed to Newport News to host a Community Conversation in the region. Vibrant Virginia engages and supports university faculty in exploring community and economic development in urban and rural Virginia. The goal of these Vibrant Virginia Community Conversations is to allow participants brainstorm ways to bolster current partnerships…

Regional Branding

As a part of an economic development project in Eastern shore, we at the Office of Economic Development were interested in knowing more about “regional branding”, its definition, functions, pros and cons. Here, I try to share a gist of what we heard and learned during this process. Regional branding is a popular strategy to…

How does housing affect economic development?

I had the opportunity to participate in a housing conditions survey in Radford this past weekend. Over the course of a Saturday, my partner and I surveyed over 800 houses, ranking their physical condition on a five-point scale (with 1 being the best condition and 5 being the worst). Our method was somewhat simple in…