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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…

8 Questions with Ronnie Stephenson

Graduate research assistant Ronnie Stephenson talks about her favorite thing to do outside of work, what brought her all the way from Michigan to the Office of Economic Development, the one food she could eat for the rest of her life, and more, in this installment of our Meet the OED series.

Office of Economic Development talks aviation in Richmond

On Monday, July 18, several staffers from the Office of Economic Development traveled to Richmond, Virginia to discuss the statewide aviation workforce’s strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities. The Office of Economic Development has been working to create a plan to strengthen the aviation and aerospace workforce in the Commonwealth since engaging with the Virginia Department of Aviation. The input…

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…

Meet the OED: Maeve Gould

Position: Graduate Research Assistant How long have you worked at the OED? 8 months (since August 2015) Before the OED, I was: Development Coordinator at Boone, North Carolina-based regional, environmental non-profit Appalachian Voices Where are you from? Richmond, Virginia What’s the best part of your work? Getting real, hands-on experience working with communities on economic development.…

Meet the OED: Frances Dowd

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Position: Economic Development Specialist How long have you worked at the OED? 10 months Before the OED, I was: a graduate student Where are you from? Fairfax City, Virginia What’s your favorite memory from the office? Anytime Doris tells me a story. What’s the best part of your work? Meeting new people in the communities…

Meet the OED: Doris Waddell

Position:  Program Support Technician How long have you worked at the OED? 12 years Before the OED, I was: at Virginia Tech, University Development, Capital Where are you from? Christiansburg, VA What’s your favorite memory from the office? It would have to be when John was promoted to Director, and working with John, whom I greatly admire.…