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Dr. Scott Tate joined the Office of Economic Development as senior economic development specialist on August 1, 2014, and was promoted to Associate Director in June, 2016. Tate comes to the office from Virginia Cooperative Extension, where he served as a community development extension specialist for nine years.
Tate’s new role connects Virginia Tech faculty and resources with businesses and communities in ways that help create, retain and enhance jobs and economic opportunities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. Tate’s specific areas of expertise include: regional development, community economic development, strategic planning and process facilitation, urban change and development, policy analysis and implementation, arts and culture-based development, and entrepreneurship and innovation.
Tate has conducted field research on urban change dynamics in the United States and Northern Ireland and his work has appeared in journals and edited volumes published by Ashgate, ABC-CLIO, and Zeta Books. He has also researched and written on cultural development and is co-editing (with Virginia Tech faculty member Max Stephenson) and contributing to a forthcoming Routledge volume titled, Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas.
Dr. Tate is passionate about place-based development. “While every community faces challenges and benefits from external knowledge and resources, places are idea-rich and possess a wealth of assets. What excites me about my new role is the opportunity to discuss ideas, develop projects, and provide expertise to help regions and communities thrive.”
Tate has directed regional economic development planning efforts, assisted start-up businesses, and consulted for non-profit organizations. He developed the Extension publication, Question and Answer Guide for Starting & Growing Your Small Business in Virginia, now in its second edition. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Virginia Tech Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.
Tate and his family live in Roanoke, where he has been active in development concerns, and completed a three year term as an appointee to the city’s neighborhood commission.