Food is Life…but is it a Living? Helping Build the Eastern Shore’s Land-Based Economy

The Eastern Shore of Virginia. Composed of two counties, Accomack and Northampton, it is home to the famous Chincoteague Pony and 439 bird species. Attractions such as the vehicle-free community on Tangier Island, Assateague Island National Seashore, and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are popular places to explore, bird, kayak, hunt, or fish. The region, with…

U.S. Economic Development Administration Awards Virginia Tech’s OED $300,000 in CARES Act Funding

On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $300,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance grant to Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development (OED). The grant money will be used for activities that will help regions respond to the detrimental economic effects of the coronavirus…

Vibrant Virginia Community Conversation focuses on innovation amid COVID-19

In a Vibrant Virginia Virtual Community Conversation focusing on economic resilience and responses to COVID-19, panelists discussed reopening in their localities, innovation in their fields, and plans for the future. The event, moderated by Dr. Margaret Cowell, associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, included panelists Charlotte Baker, assistant professor of Population…