Building a bright future together
The Office of Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives at UVA Wise supports Southwest Virginia by:
- Connecting the wealth of resources available at the University of Virginia to opportunities in Southwest Virginia
- Linking the community to faculty, staff and students through strategic partnerships
- Serving as a source of professional and leadership development
- Supporting the economic development community
“Being the only four-year public school located in Southwest Virginia, we have a unique opportunity to leverage the strengths of the College to impact our region.” — Chancellor Donna P. Henry
SWVA Economic Forum
The Ninth Annual Southwest Virginia Economic Forum will be held May 23, 2024.
GO Virginia Region One
GO Virginia is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate. Learn more about upcoming events and application deadlines.
We are committed to helping students reach their full potential as they plan to start new ventures or act as drivers of innovation in their careers.
- The Nest: Dedicated to serving aspiring entrepreneurs in Southwest Virginia.
- Opportunity SWVA: A collaborative effort to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region.
- Entrepreneurship Cup: An annual competition that encourages new ventures.
Contact McKenna Blevins to learn more about entrepreneurship at UVA Wise.
Outreach and Partnerships
We are pleased to work closely with other organizations dedicated to making Southwest Virginia a great place to live and work.
- UVA Wise Abingdon Campus at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
- Virginia’s e-Region
- Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (VTOP) – Region 1
- Virginia: The Best State for Business
Technology Partnership Program
UVA Wise establishes strategic partnerships with businesses and industries throughout Southwest Virginia, including:
- Northrop Grumman
- Virginia Department of Energy
- Russell County Industrial Development Authority
- Southwest Virginia Community College
Request a Project
If you would like to learn more about how we can support you and your organization, please get in touch!
Contact Shannon Blevins, Vice Chancellor for Administration, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, to learn more about becoming a strategic partner.
Healthy Appalachia Institute
Learn more about how we are working to restore health through community.