|John A. Provo, PhD
Director, Office of Economic Development
Phone: (540) 231-4004
John Provo is Director of Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development. Provo provides leadership for the office in the design and implementation of applied research and technical assistance projects that link university and community resources to address the economic development needs of the Commonwealth. He builds program partnerships and secures funding as a major point of contact between the office, academic departments within the University, federal, state, and local governments, as well as other public and private sector leaders.
Provo develops and manages projects with communities, agencies, and companies around Virginia, on a range of topics. He has developed partnerships between Virginia Tech and entities in the public, private and non-profit sectors to address economic development needs of communities around the Commonwealth. Recent accomplishments include securing more than $10 million in three large federal grants for western Virginia in green jobs and health IT training and curricular development and engineering technical assistance for transportation manufacturing equipment firms.
Provo received his Ph.D. from the School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He received a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and a bachelor's degree in government from the College of William and Mary in 1989. While in Richmond, he worked for Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade on implementation of revisions to the state's workforce development system. He presents regularly before scholarly and professional associations, and maintains affiliations with the American Planning Association, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, University Economic Development Association, and Virginia Economic Developers Association.