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Vibrant Virginia

Vibrant Virginia is a statewide initiative committed to fostering collaboration between universities and communities, with the goals of building connections between urban and rural, and creating a Virginia full of economic vitality. Virginia Tech and an array of partners, including the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, are working together to identify and share best practices, build new high impact teams, and make higher education a better partner on issues of innovation, talent, health, leadership, and community development.


Seed Funded Projects

“I am so grateful for the funding to devote sustained attention to my legacy business project, and equally important, for the connections to the expertise of the VT Office of Economic Development.” 
Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Arlington Legacy Business Initiative

“With this seed funding, we have been able to propel our project forward. We have leveraged this funding with several other smaller grants to make connections with service provider and volunteers groups. The resources for travel, meeting spaces, and research assistance has made a critical difference in our work, as we continue to plan for the second annual consortium meeting next fall and to submit an external grant.” 
Dr. Katrina Powell, The Refugee and Migrant Partnerships Project

“The Institute for Policy and Governance and the Community Change Collaborative profited strongly from our engagement in Vibrant Virginia. The initiative opened up fresh venues and avenues for inquiry and assistance, prompted a lively deepening of conversation on the dynamics of community change among participating faculty and graduate students and stimulated a number of scholarly efforts. In short, Vibrant Virginia helped us address all elements of the University’s mission while providing needed community development support to locations desiring it.” 
Dr. Max Stephenson, Community Change Collaborative