“It’s hard work but we’re good at it.”

Magic in  the mountains is what my friend Jim Flowers used to call this. I continue to to be impressed by the growth of the technology community in Roanoke-Blacksburg just in the ten years I’ve been here. All the first-timer visitors I bring from out of town come away shaking their heads about what they’ve…

Economic Development News for the State of Virginia- March/April

The state begins new efforts to get more people involved in training programs. To promote  entrepreneurship, colleges and cities begin hosting their own versions of the t.v. show, “Shark Tank.” Southwest Virginia received a grant to promote their tech industry. Southwest Virginia continues to see a decline in the coal-mining industry. Chesterfield County is named…

New Market Tax Credit

Guest Post by Ebonie Atkins Recently the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) offered a webinar on New Market Tax Credits, a project financing tool that may be helpful for economic developers in distressed communities. Below is a brief summary of the program. The New Market Tax Credit program is a community reinvestment tool that provides…

Economic Development Administration FY 2016 Budget Request Summary

Guest Post by Patrick Burke Economic Development Administration FY 2016 Budget Request Summary EDA Budget Overview The 2016 budget for the Department of Commerce is requesting $273 million for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for development planning, regional capacity building, and capital projects. This amount is broken down into the following categories: Regional Innovation Strategies…

The Growth of American Populations

The Growth of American Populations Guest Post by Patrick Burke The future of urban growth is unset and constantly changing, the way we understand urban and suburban structure may dissolve and evolve into something new. Cities may grow and shrink, they may grow outwards instead of upwards, new populations may come to replace older ones,…

Printing the Economy in 3D

Guest Post by Patrick Burke Virginia Tech faculty, Dr. Timothy Long and Dr. Chris Williams held an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit on the topic of 3D printing on January 26th, 2015. When many people think of 3D printing, we begin to think of science fiction shows based in space. We think of replicators…