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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.…

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…

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…

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: 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.…