OED Weekly Roundup: Week of March 21, 2016

This week in economic development news in Southwest Virginia and beyond:

Virginia Tech and Carilion are looking to further strengthen their relationship and their international reputation by creating a medical hub in Roanoke and continuing to invest in medical science research at Tech as a whole. The goal is to elevate Tech’s focus in medical sciences while taking the research further outside of the university. For more on this story, see The Roanoke Times’ article “Focus on innovation: Virginia Tech and Carilion to build research hub in Roanoke,” here.

For a follow-up story on the same topic that further discusses the implications of the new medical hub, see The Roanoke Times’ story, “Focus on innovation: Roanoke’s role in ’21st-century economic development,’” here.

For Botetourt, even more exciting news this week: the Virginia Community College System has taken on an almost $10,000 a month lease in Daleville for a building that will house administrative services for the state’s 23 community colleges. This development could bring in up to 200 jobs. Check out The Roanoke Times’ full story, “Botetourt chosen for 200-employee community colleges’ services center,” here.

For a motivational take on all the recent economic development happening in the region, check out this editorial by The Roanoke Times, “Our view: Transformational times in the Roanoke Valley,” here.

Know of any other economic development news going on in SWVA? Leave a comment below or tweet at us, @VT_EconomicDev.

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