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.

The Office of Economic Development Tours Pulaski

As part of our staff retreat on April 26, our office went for a tour of Pulaski, hosted by the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Pulaski, John White. John has been in the position for 14 years, and his knowledge of and love for the town and its history was evident. Thanks for the tour, John!

The Kitchen opens in Roanoke’s West End neighborhood

On April 26, a rentable commercial kitchen space held their grand opening, three years after the Office of Economic Development aided the organization behind it with an assessment of the project’s potential economic and community development opportunities. Called The Kitchen, the Local Environmental Agriculture Project Inc. (LEAP) was able to secure $140,000 in funds for the space to equip…

Meet the OED: Elli Travis

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Position: Economic Development Specialist How long have you worked at the OED? It will be one year on June 1. Before the OED, I was a: Graduate student in Agricultural and Applied Economics.  Before that, an Associate at an international development company in Washington, DC. Where are you from? Washington, DC What’s the best part…

Virginia Tech shines at APA Conference in Phoenix

Virginia Tech students and faculty were honored with several awards and had the chance to present at the American Planning Association’s (APA’s) National Planning Conference. Held in Phoenix, Arizona,from April 2-5, the conference focused on the future of planning to help professionals learn about and innovate in the ever-changing field. Judd Ullom, a 2015 graduate…

Meet the OED: Maeve Gould

Position: Graduate Research Assistant How long have you worked at the OED? 8 months (since August 2015) Before the OED, I was: Development Coordinator at Boone, North Carolina-based regional, environmental non-profit Appalachian Voices Where are you from? Richmond, Virginia What’s the best part of your work? Getting real, hands-on experience working with communities on economic development.…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of April 4, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: According to 1999 Virginia Tech graduate and current venture capitalist Doug Dooley, the Blacksburg region must be able to lure entrepreneurs with unique advantages, should the region hope to become a tech hub. This was but one of the pieces of advice championed by…

Meet the OED: Frances Dowd

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Position: Economic Development Specialist How long have you worked at the OED? 10 months Before the OED, I was: a graduate student Where are you from? Fairfax City, Virginia What’s your favorite memory from the office? Anytime Doris tells me a story. What’s the best part of your work? Meeting new people in the communities…