Julia Kell

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…

Virginia Tech Newport News Center Celebrates Opening

On February 5, the Virginia Tech Newport News Center celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted in partnership with the Hampton Roads Chamber and VA Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. With an estimated 70 attendees, the event showcased the newest Virginia Tech Commonwealth Campus Center to industry partners, economic development professionals, partner higher education institution…

GO Virginia Region 2 Council Approves Projects Centering on Entrepreneurship and Business Development

On February 4, 2020, GO Virginia Region 2 council members gathered at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia for their full council meeting along with GO Virginia staff, grantees, and the public. Agenda items included discussing new and updated proposals, reporting on project metrics, discussing state board broadband, and updating council members on the January…

City of Galax Moves Forward With Revitalizing Historic Vaughan Furniture Building

In Spring 2019, graduate students in the economic development studio class completed a semester-long planning project for the city of Galax, investigating redevelopment options for a large industrial building within the city’s boundaries. The building, known to Galax residents as the T.G. Vaughan Building, was a former furniture factory and once an important part of…

OED Graduate Assistants Help NRV Children’s Museum Plan For The Future

Children’s museums are important for a child’s early growth and development, as graduate assistants from Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development (OED) discovered while performing an organizational analysis of the Children’s Museum of Blacksburg. The museum has relocated to Christiansburg’s New River Valley Mall and will reopen soon under the new name Wonder Universe. The…