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  • Advanced Manufacturing and IT in the New River Valley: Impacts of COVID-19 and Supply Chain Shocks 

    Ferris, William N.; Travis, Elli; Tate, Scott; Boswell, Katie (Virginia Tech, 2022-08)
    In 2020, Onward NRV partnered with the Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) to determine how Advanced Manufacturing and IT firms in the region were affected by COVID-19 and how these firms felt ...
  • IT and Emerging Technology in GO Virginia Region 2: Situation, Challenges, and the Road Forward 

    Ferris, William N.; Travis, Elli; Quina Weber-Shirk (Virginia Tech, 2022)
    In this short whitepaper, we discuss the present conditions and performance of the IT and emerging technology industries in Region 2. We begin with an overview of the sector, discussing both IT occupations, and IT companies. ...
  • Mount Rogers Outdoor Asset Analysis & Development Plan 

    Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement; Arnett Muldrow & Associates; Hill Studios (Virginia Tech, 2022)
    Outdoor recreation has become increasingly recognized as a tourism driver, quality of life asset, and growing economic sector. Communities in the Mount Rogers region, a hub of outdoor tourism, enlisted a research team—comprised ...
  • Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement 2021-2022 Annual Report 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2022)
    Virginia Tech’s Center for Economic and Community Engagement, formerly the Office of Economic Development, completed its first full year as a university-level center in 2022. Under its new name, CECE expands the range of ...
  • Regional Economic Recovery and Resilience Toolkit 

    Ashqar, Huthaifa; Chon, Chris; Gilmer, Lydia; McMillan, Alexis; Nagorniuk, Anna; Walbridge, Tia; O'Connor, Ryan; Woodson, Cat; Lyon-Hill, Sarah; Provo, John; Tate, Scott; Jackson, Zach; Posthumous, Ashley (Virginia Tech, 2022-03)
  • Roanoke County Economic Development Strategic Plan: Elevate 2026 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2021-12)
    The Roanoke County Economic Development Department engaged the Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement to lead a strategic planning process to shape and define Roanoke County’s future economic development ...
  • Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement 2020-2021 Annual Report 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2021)
    This magazine covers the Center for Economic and Community Engagement’s work, featuring economic recovery efforts, initiatives such as Vibrant Virginia and GO Virginia, and projects that are making a difference in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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