Julia Kell

An EDA Conversation with the West Piedmont Planning District Commission

The West Piedmont Planning District Commission serves the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania, the cities of Danville, Martinsville, and the town of Rocky Mount. The West Piedmont PDC provides a variety of regional planning, technical assistance, and program services to member local governments, including regional planning/visioning activities; grant application assistance; land use planning;…

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…

Vibrant Virginia Virtual Forum: Broadband access, higher education partnerships key in economic recovery

Among the keys to lifting Virginia’s economy from the coronavirus pandemic: increased broadband access across the commonwealth and higher education partnerships with communities, nonprofits, and other universities and colleges. Those were some of the points emphasized by panelists during the first Vibrant Virginia Virtual Summit. Organized by the Office of Economic Development, the forum examined…

MITRE Program to Fund Four Virginia Tech Research Projects

MITRE works across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation. Headquartered in McLean, VA and Bedford, MA, MITRE manages seven federally funded research and development centers. MITRE strives to augment internal staff capabilities with academia’s creative ideas and resources to deliver innovative solutions to…

Vibrant Virginia Initiative Marks Accomplishments Of Past Two Years in Recent Report

For two years, the Vibrant Virginia initiative has brought together university faculty, researchers, and community stakeholders to further economic development in urban and rural Virginia. The program, which began in 2018, works to grow a network of Virginia researchers and practitioners, enhance university projects and initiatives related to Virginia and urban-rural regional concerns, and strengthen…