Southwest Virginia Agriculture Summit
Southwest Virginia Community College in partnership with the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority will host a regional agriculture summit on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 to noon at the Charles King Community Center. The purpose of the gathering will be to announce the findings of the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development strategic planning study for agricultural economic development opportunities in the region.
The summit will be open to local and regional agricultural stakeholders, including farmers, landowners, capital investors and funding providers, economic development specialists and educators. In addition to the presentation of the Virginia Tech analysis, a final round of data collection based upon round table discussions during the event will be captured to complete the Virginia Tech study.
The study is the result of a VCEDA commission to the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development to help develop an agricultural strategic plan for the region. The purpose of the study is to assist in identifying opportunities for further economic and workforce development and job creation within the agriculture industry in the region.
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About VCEDA: The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), formed in 1988 to help enhance and diversify the coalfield economy, is a regional economic development organization serving the seven-county and one-city coalfield region of Virginia which includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton.
About the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development: The Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED) connects companies and communities in ways that help create, retain, and enhance the quality of jobs and economic opportunity. OED has experience in leading community engagement processes, conducting industry analyses and creating collaborative networks for prescribed projects. By matching a grassroots stakeholder engagement process with economic data, OED helps regions in economic development planning, cluster-based analysis, and the identification of regional strategies, goals, and action plans.