Julia Kell

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…

Using Story and Media to Help Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs in Southern Virginia: A Conversation with Natalie Hodge

Natalie Hodge has worked in the film and television industry for a decade. She owns a multimedia company, which she started in Martinsville, VA, called Rudy’s Girl Media, where she writes, does production consulting, and creates multimedia content. She has released two films including Sell, which follows the journey of a man recently released from…

Making Connections: Cumberland Plateau PDC Spurs Economic Recovery by Expanding Broadband and Helping Businesses

Facilitating economic recovery and business resiliency measures remain paramount goals for the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission (CPPDC) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as the organization prepares for community response activities in 2021. Since the start of the 2020 pandemic, CPPDC has worked to connect businesses within the region to important economic recovery…