Recent Submissions

  • Measuring the Effects of Drone Delivery in the United States 

    Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Tilashalski, Melissa; Ellis, Kimberli; Travis, Elli (Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, 2020-09)
    OED, the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) studied the impact and benefits of drone delivery in three metropolitan communities, Christiansburg, VA; ...
  • Hillsville Farmers’ Market Feasibility Study 

    Dowd, Frances; Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Mawyer, Adam; Gould, Maeve (Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, 2016)
    OED conducted a feasibility study for a proposed farmer's market in downtown Hillsville, VA, with the goal of promoting healthy eating and making sure healthy foods are accessible to all community members. In 2020, Downtown ...
  • Downtown Christiansburg Inc.: Recommendations for achieving a more vibrant Downtown Christiansburg 

    Olberding, Beth; Gupta, Khushboo; Hammes, Ross; Stephenson, Ronnie (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2018-05)
    Christiansburg was established in 1792 and became an incorporated town in 1833, with its downtown serving as a commercial center and heart of the town until the rise of big box stores in the 1990s. Today, a local, ...
  • Vibrant Virginia Final Report 2018-2020 

    Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, 2020)
    This report details the accomplishments of the Vibrant Virginia initiative in 2018-2020, including grants, publications, community outreach, and future steps.
  • GO Virginia Region II Snapshot: People, Industry, Common Targets and Themes 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, 2017)
    The Office of Economic Development presented a growth and diversification plan for GO Virginia Region II, a statewide initiative designed to encourage southwest Virginia's economic growth.
  • GO Virginia Region 2 Growth and Diversification Plan, July 2019 

    Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (Virginia Tech, 2019-07)
    This Growth and Diversification plan, originally written for GO Virginia Region 2 in August of 2017, provides a roadmap for utilizing GO Virginia funding for projects across this region, which includes the Lynchburg, New ...
  • GO Virginia Region 2 Growth and Diversification Plan, August 2017 

    Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (Virginia Tech, 2017-08)
    GO Virginia’s objectives, as set by the state, are simple and provide a clear path for action. The program seeks to grow jobs that pay higher than the regional median wage, primarily through investment that is new to ...
  • The Future of Unmanned Systems in Virginia 

    Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science; Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (Uncork-It Communications, 2014)
    Through this report, Virginia Tech became a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test site. OED provided an overview of the issues and opportunities concerning autonomous vehicles in order ...
  • Virginia small satellite initiative investment could return millions 

    Unknown author (Office of Economic Development, 2016-10)
    The OED evaluated a proposal by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium for the Small Satellites Virginia Initiative program and found the program could bring up to $16.2 million to the state.
  • Tertiary Workforce Services Analysis in Southwest Virginia: Childcare 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2018)
    There are many layers to a thriving workforce. According to the three sector economic theory, there is a need for “primary sector” raw materials, “secondary sector” manufacturing and production of goods, and “tertiary ...
  • Tertiary Workforce Services Analysis in Southwest Virginia: Behavioral Health 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2018)
    There are many layers to a thriving workforce. According to the three sector economic theory, there is a need for “primary sector” raw materials, “secondary sector” manufacturing and production of goods, and “tertiary ...
  • Examination of Economic and Community Development Opportunities Resulting from the Creation of a Community Kitchen 

    Bonham, Whitney; Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Erickson, Julie; Sirmons, Clarence (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2013)
    The Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED) was contracted by the City of Roanoke’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Freedom First Credit Union to evaluate community and economic development opportunities ...
  • The Crooked Road Economic Impact Factsheet 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2016)
    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail promotes Southwest Virginia’s music and culture by marketing over 60 cultural music venues to tourists from around the world. During summer 2015, the Virginia Tech Office ...
  • Rural Retreat Train Depot Stakeholder Visioning 

    Gould, Maeve; Hesenjan, Faruk; Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Mawyer, Adam; Onopa, Nick; Provo, John (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2016)
    In spring 2016 the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation commissioned the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development to assist in the visioning of the historic Rural Retreat Train Depot. This technical assistance included ...
  • Economic Impact Analysis of Virginia Tech Football 

    Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Alwang, Jeffrey R.; Mawyer, Adam; Burke, Patrick; Budzevski, Leeann (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2015-02-20)
    This report estimates the economic contributions of Virginia Tech football to the New River Valley MSA and the Roanoke Valley MSA (NRRV). Virginia Tech football contributes economically to the NRRV in two ways. First, the ...
  • Assessing Opportunities for Agriculture and Agritourism at Montpelier 

    Mayer, Adam; Burke, Patrick; Ononpa, Nick; Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Travis, Elli; Daugherty, Dick; Tate, Scott (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2015)
    Orange County, with a planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), engaged the Virginia ...
  • An Economic Impact Analysis of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail 

    Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Dowd, Frances; Burke, Patrick (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2016-03-01)
    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail promotes Southwest Virginia’s music and culture by marketing over 60 cultural music venues across 19 counties, four independent cities and over 50 towns. Since 2003, The ...
  • Economic Impact Analysis of the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport 

    Travis, Elli (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2016-12-22)
    This report estimates the economic contributions of the Virginia Tech – Montgomery Executive Airport (VTMEA) to the New River Valley (NRV). The current operations of the VTMEA contribute to the local region in three ways. ...
  • 2017 Quarter 4 New River Mount Rogers (WDA II) Quarterly Workforce Report 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2017)
    Welcome to the 2017 fourth quarter workforce report, produced by the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development on behalf of the New River Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (WDA II). This region comprises the New ...
  • Same Ecosystem, Different Entrepreneurs: An assessment model for measuring diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems 

    Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Tate, Scott; Cowell, Margaret M.; Gupta, Khushboo; Keneshlo, Yaser (Virginia Tech. Office of Economic Development, 2017)
    This paper explores how to measure entrepreneurial ecosystems with an urban-rural mix by using Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s four indicators framework and while accounting for the needs of different types of entrepreneurs ...

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