Tag Archive for Southwest Virginia

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…

Office of Economic Development helps shape southwest Virginia’s agricultural economy

As southwest Virginia continues to experience economic challenges and coal-related employment declines, a traditional industry represents an opportunity for the region. The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission (PDC) engaged Virginia Tech to lead a strategic planning process for agriculture for the region, composed of the counties of Lee, Wise, Scott, and the city of Norton. LENOWISCO…

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 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…