Erica Corder

Erica Corder is the technical writer at the Office of Economic Development and is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Pylon. Corder grew up in different states across the U.S. and spent three years in Germany before eventually winding up at Virginia Tech. She graduted in May 2016 with a degree in English and political science, which she hopes to put to use after in a career in journalism.

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…

UEDA Annual Summit: Day 2

It’s day 2 of the UEDA Annual Summit, and, just like yesterday, we’ve been capturing all the excitement and tweeting about it. We also put together a comprehensive photo album all in one place, right here on the blog. Check it out below, and let us know what you think — tweet at us: @VT_EconomicDev!

UEDA Annual Summit: Day 1

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed our feed getting a little busy today — it’s because our office has been here at the UEDA Annual Summit 2016, held right in beautiful Roanoke, VA, and we’ve been learning and sharing new ideas about economic development, community engagement, entrepreneurial ecosystems, innovation, and more. To…

Office of Economic Development visits with coal miners at a picnic

On Saturday, September 24, three faculty from the Office of Economic Development loaded into a car around 7 a.m. to drive out to Castlewood, Virginia. Allison Homer, Sarah Lyon-Hill, and Scott Tate were headed west to attend the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board‘s Coal Miner Appreciation Picnic. As picnic attendees started filing into the Russel…

8 Questions with Ronnie Stephenson

Graduate research assistant Ronnie Stephenson talks about her favorite thing to do outside of work, what brought her all the way from Michigan to the Office of Economic Development, the one food she could eat for the rest of her life, and more, in this installment of our Meet the OED series.

Office of Economic Development visits Liberty University

Economic development specialist Allison Homer and associate director Scott Tate visited with representatives from Liberty University‘s School of Aeronautics on the school’s campus on Aug. 12. The Office of Economic Development reps got a taste of what the aeronautics program at Liberty has to offer, such as their bachelor’s degree in aeronautics, which can be completed on campus or…

Office of Economic Development talks aviation in Richmond

On Monday, July 18, several staffers from the Office of Economic Development traveled to Richmond, Virginia to discuss the statewide aviation workforce’s strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities. The Office of Economic Development has been working to create a plan to strengthen the aviation and aerospace workforce in the Commonwealth since engaging with the Virginia Department of Aviation. The input…

Office of Economic Development helps shape southwest Virginia’s agricultural economy

As southwest Virginia continues to experience economic challenges and coal-related employment declines, a traditional industry represents an opportunity for the region. The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission (PDC) engaged Virginia Tech to lead a strategic planning process for agriculture for the region, composed of the counties of Lee, Wise, Scott, and the city of Norton. LENOWISCO…