Third Wednesday Webinars

University-Based Economic Development

This webinar took place on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Virginia’s colleges and universities offer tremendous resources that support the economic health of the Commonwealth.  Every year, not only do Virginia’s institutions of higher learning serve to educate thousands of students and prepare them for a wide array of 21st Century jobs, they also strategically invest in research infrastructure, collaborate with industry in the sharing of intellectual capital, assist in the commercialization of technology, and stimulate economic growth for the creation of new jobs and capital investment. VEDP recently signed an MOU with Virginia’s public institutions of higher education, for the purpose of intentionally leveraging our partners’ capabilities for economic development outcomes. This webinar is designed to inform you about how policies and practices among Virginia’s colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning are supporting economic development objectives throughout the Commonwealth.

Featured speakers include:

John Provo, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Economic Development at Virginia Tech

Tom Osha, President & CEO, Innovation Research Park at Old Dominion University

Peter Blake, Executive Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Attendees will learn:

  • What policies are in place that enable Virginia's universities to collaborate and take an active role in economic development.

  • Whether there is a correlation or a "cause and effect" relationship between universities and technology, patents, profits, job creation and capital investment.

  • How well Virginia’s universities are positioned to support the needs of business and industry.

  • What Virginia and VEDP are doing to strengthen partnerships between universities and businesses and industries.

  • How universities are currently involved in economic development related activities.

  • How Virginia’s economic developers can leverage university research capabilities.

  • How Virginia’s economic developers can facilitate introductions to serve existing business and industry.

  • What programs and services are available that can help companies tap university resources.

  • Invitations are directed to members of VEDA and selected economic development allies and partners of the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you or someone you know may be interested in registering for this upcoming seminar titled "University-Based Economic Development" please notify . Thank you!

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To see a schedule of webinars in our series of webinars for 2013, please click here.