OED Weekly Roundup: Week of March 7, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: In an effort to help local entrepreneurs, Virginia Tech’s Catalyst Program landed almost $500,000 in funding from a U.S. Department of Commerce grant. The money will go toward supporting entrepreneur’s from idea to market, focusing in on three specific areas: seeking promising technologies, minimizing…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of Feb. 29, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: On Monday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the town of Boones Mill, Virginia would be receiving $600,000 from the state Industrial Revitalization Fund. The money will go toward converting a vacant property into an industrial park – a project Town Manager Matt Lawless was thrilled…

From the Writer’s Desk: My first few weeks at the OED

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Musings from the VT Office of Economic Development’s newest staffer and sole technical writer   Coming into the Office of Economic Development as a technical writer with no background in economic development means I have had a bit of learning to do since starting on Feb. 12. The biggest challenge so far has simply been…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of Feb. 22, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: NuSpark, a free office space for entrepreneurs and startups located in the North End building in Blacksburg, closed its doors after two years of operation and several successful company launches. The space, funded by the Virginia Tech Foundation, is set to be repurposed, but…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of Feb. 15, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: Just how much are colleges worth? The Hechinger Report looked to Virginia Tech to find answers to this multifaceted question. In their report, they find that the worth of a college can go beyond vague generalities and actually have a quantifiable number attached to…