Virginia Tech and Council on Virginia's Future host Virginia Futures Forum

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 29, 2005 – Virginia Tech and the Council on Virginia’s Future will host the first annual Virginia Futures Forum Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the downtown Richmond Marriott.

The inaugural program, “Competing in the 21st Century: Moving Virginia’s Human Capital Meter,” will look at the issues facing the Commonwealth as it seeks to prepare its citizens for a 21st century economy.

More than 160 people, representing a broad array of business, education, state government and local officials from across the state have registered for the forum. The conference begins at Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. with opening remarks by Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and Council on Virginia’s Future Vice-Chair John “Dubby” Waynne, retired president and CEO of Landmark Communications.

Gov. Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the forums dinner program Wednesday evening. Richard Florida, author of the ground-breaking book, The Rise of the Creative Class, will speak. Then Governor Warner will facilitate a business leaders’ panel discussion on the creative potential of the Virginia economy.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Marge Connelly, chair of the Virginia Workforce Council and executive vice president of Capital One will lead a review of state economic trends.

Governor-Elect Tim Kaine will give the concluding luncheon’s keynote address beginning at 12:30 p.m. The forum will conclude at 2 p.m.