Promoting community economic competitiveness through technical input and applied research.

Virginia Tech's engagement with communities is a critical part of its land grant mission. Groups across the university from Cooperative Extension to the College of Architecture offer important services to communities wrestling with economic development questions.  The Office of Economic Development, working with faculty experts from around the university, provides communities with sound technical advice and a trusted venuefor policy discussions. 


Key Partners

We work in large and small communities and anything in between. Our projects range from working with local, regional and state-wide government officials and planning commissions to trade associations and community organizations.


Key Projects and Initiatives

Projects areas include economic impact and feasibility studies, market analysis, strategic planning for communities, and the design and evaluation of economic development programs.

Want to talk about Community Economic Development? Contact: John Provo, Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (540) 231-5278.


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Virginia Tech Wine Industry Study

A Virginia Tech team surveyed owners and managers of more than 100 wineries and vineyards in Northern Virginia who identified a need for better marketing acumen to promote the industry. The industry representatives also wanted to see improved quality of grapes to boost Virginia wines' appeal to aficionados beyond the commonwealth.

The team, led by the Office of Economic Development, included experts from Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the university-affiliated VT KnowledgeWorks, as well as Bruce Zoecklein, Virginia Tech professor emeritus.

The study confirmed that a workforce education center would give a needed boost to the wine industry in Loudoun County, near Washington, D.C. read more