Jennifer Morgan

What does smartness mean for a city?

With massive investment being made in building smart cities around the world, it is important to question if it is worth building them. To answer this question, we first need to understand what does smartness mean? Smart city is a multi-dimensional concept that came into the limelight in the early 2000s. The first few attempts…

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…

Thanksgiving should not be only about what all can we eat but what all can we avoid wasting

Thanksgiving is a celebration of family, football, and most of all, food. However, the amount of food wasted post these celebrations is less often discussed. This post talks about some statistics on food wastage after these big celebrations. The statistics from past years suggest that food wastage around these festivities is huge and needs urgent…

Downtowns and Revitalization Strategies

A community’s downtown is the face it presents to the world. It is a reflection of community’s image, pride, and prosperity. It is also regarded as the historic core of the community. A vibrant downtown—or the lack of one—affects the community’s ability to attract and retain residents, businesses and institutions, jobs, and investments that enable…

Workforce Revitalization with Goodwill

Yesterday, the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development was invited to attend Goodwill Industries of the Valleys annual giving breakfast, and I was lucky enough to attend. Goodwill provides the community a variety of services from their donation centers and stores to their work and training services to provide people with the training they need…

Hurricanes Hit Hard on Regional Economies

Hurricanes Hit the Economy also

Hurricane ‘Florence’ made landfall on September 14th crashing into the eastern coast of the United States. The storm, predicted to hit the coast as a Category 4, became the talk of the town in Virginia, and North Carolina and South Carolina, states all predicted to be in the path of destruction. Milk, bread, and water…

Vibrant Virginia Quarterly Engagement Meeting

Two weeks ago the Vibrant Virginia team in conjunction with the Office of Economic Development held their first Quarterly Engagement meeting. This meeting brought together Virginia Tech faculty and staff with external partners from throughout the regional community to learn more about engagement projects faculty and staff are working on. Participants learned about past and current…

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…