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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…

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…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of March 28, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: Fiber broadband is coming to Vinton and portions of Roanoke and Salem. The project has a $3.4 million price tag and will provide an advantage to nearly 650 commercial properties in Vinton. For more information, see The Roanoke Times’ full story, “Officials propose to…

Meet the OED: Adam Mawyer

In the first of our Meet the Office of Economic Development series, we sat down with grad student Adam Mawyer to get his thoughts on economic development, time travel, and the one food he’d be happy to eat for the rest of his life.

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of March 21, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: Virginia Tech and Carilion are looking to further strengthen their relationship and their international reputation by creating a medical hub in Roanoke and continuing to invest in medical science research at Tech as a whole. The goal is to elevate Tech’s focus in medical…

OED Weekly Roundup: Week of March 14, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond: In especially exciting news out of Botetourt County, around $246.5 million and over 500 new jobs are coming to the Roanoke region by 2021, thanks to the Greenfield industrial park’s newest acquisition: Eldor Corp. The company produces auto parts globally, and its plans for…

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. 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…