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Office of Economic Development visits with coal miners at a picnic

On Saturday, September 24, three faculty from the Office of Economic Development loaded into a car around 7 a.m. to drive out to Castlewood, Virginia. Allison Homer, Sarah Lyon-Hill, and Scott Tate were headed west to attend the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board‘s Coal Miner Appreciation Picnic. As picnic attendees started filing into the Russel…

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 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…

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. 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…