Julia Kell

CECE Looks to the Future at Inaugural Advisory Board Meeting

The Center for Economic and Community Engagement held its first advisory board meeting on Monday. The meeting was attended by CECE staff and members from the center’s advisory board, which is composed of university and community leaders from across the state. A full list of the advisory board members can be viewed here. The meeting…

GO Virginia Region 2 Holds Meetings in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg to Grow Investment in the Region

Virginia Tech’s Center for Economic and Community Engagement held regional meetings in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and the New River Valley to present their 2021 GO Virginia Region 2 Growth and Diversification Plan and receive feedback from leaders in the area. Staff began work on the plan in April 2021, reviewing regional data and updating GO Virginia…

Center for Economic and Community Engagement Holds Facilitation in GO Virginia Region 6 to Pinpoint Ways to Grow the Workforce

In a series of discussions with stakeholders from a variety of organizations including business, education, workforce development, and local and state government, staff with the Center for Economic and Community Engagement aimed to identify workforce and talent-specific goals, objectives, and actions to incorporate into GO Virginia Region 6’s Growth and Diversification Plan. The facilitation was…

CECE’s Elli Travis Among Chamber’s 40 Under 40

Elli Travis, economic development specialist at the Center for Economic and Community Engagement, recently received a 40 Under 40 award from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “We believe as a chamber of commerce, our business members should be celebrating the talent we have in our community,” the chamber said on its website. “As a…

GO Virginia Region 2 Collaborates on Growth and Diversification Plan to Guide Future Investment

On August 18, leaders from across Region 2 gathered in Roanoke to discuss revisions to the 2021 GO Virginia Region 2 Growth and Diversification Plan. The meeting began with opening remarks and was followed by four concurrent workgroup sessions, focused on GO Virginia Region 2’s four investment strategy areas: Talent, Entrepreneurship, Cluster Scale Up, and…

Vibrant Virginia Initiative Launches Book about Expanding Economic Vitality in the Commonwealth

The Vibrant Virginia Initiative started in 2018 as a way to help higher education be a better partner around the state and promote scholarship across Virginia’s urban-rural spectrum. Now, the Vibrant Virginia team is preparing for the release of their new book: Vibrant Virginia: Engaging the Commonwealth to Expand Economic Vitality. To celebrate the launch…

Vibrant Virginia Call for Proposals Informational Webinar

The Center for Economic and Community Engagement held an informational webinar on June 3, 2021 about the process for submitting Vibrant Virginia proposals. View the webinar below. Event Transcript View the Vibrant Virginia Impact Fund Call for Proposals Presentation below. View the full Request for Proposals here.

Vibrant Virginia Book Webinar Tackles the Addiction Crisis Across Urban and Rural Regions

During a Vibrant Virginia book webinar focusing on the addiction crisis, panelists discussed the importance of a coordinated, comprehensive approach to substance use prevention and treatment. The online event featured Vibrant Virginia book authors Mary Beth Dunkenberger and Sophie Wenzel, and Executive Director of the Virginia Rural Health Association, Beth O’Connor. A Q & A portion…

First Vibrant Virginia Book Webinar Focuses on Making Entrepreneurship Accessible to All

A theme of the first Vibrant Virginia Book Webinar was the importance of inclusive entrepreneurship and community building. The webinar featured Vibrant Virginia Book authors Erik Pages and Scott Tate and professor and researcher Elsie Harper-Anderson. Pages’ and Tate’s chapter, “Connecting Entrepreneur Ecosystems across Urban and Rural Regions: Lessons from Central and Western Virginia,” focuses…