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Allison Homer joined the Office of Economic Development as an Economic Development Specialist in July 2016. Within the large field of economic development, Allison is particularly passionate about community revitalization, sustainable development, and economic development that takes into consideration the needs of low-income and minority communities.
Allison obtained her BA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and recently graduated from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at Virginia Tech. Her master’s thesis focused on the creation of an environmental justice assessment framework for the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Planning Commission (RVARC)’s Long Range Transportation Plan. She is also currently completing a second master’s degree in Global Natural Resources and a Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability.
Her relevant experience includes revitalization projects for the Town of Gretna through the Danville Regional Foundation, assessment and planning for the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Planning Commission, and skills gap and public utility analyses for Buchanan, VA. Allison also worked on project management for Virginia Tech’s Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, and country development strategy analyses for the Office of International Research, Education, and Development. Her international experience includes community and cultural preservation research in Wales, and international development research in Morocco and India. A native of Blacksburg, Allison looks forward to applying the skills and passion she’s acquired internationally to communities here in her home state of Virginia.