Office of Economic Development & Engagement

“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

A Regional Approach to Support Linking Strengths and Resources for Innovation and Growth

We serve as the gateway to the assets and resources of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. As the only four-year public institution of higher education in Virginia’s coalfield region, we exist not only to support employers throughout the area but our economic development professionals as well. We do this the following ways:

  • Linking our community to the faculty, staff and students of UVa-Wise through strategic partnerships
  • Linking the wealth of resources available at the University of Virginia to opportunities in Southwest Virginia
  • Serving as a resource to the economic development community
  • Serving as a source of professional and leadership development

UVa-Wise is committed to two things….student success and serving our community.

Over its 60-year history, UVa-Wise has become nationally-accredited and nationally-ranked among top public liberal arts colleges in the U.S.  Since its founding in 1954, the College has been committed to improving the quality of life and economic vitality of Southwest Virginia, and it serves as a major economic engine to the region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2016, an independent research firm, Trip Umbalch, conducted a study of the economic impact of the University of Virginia on Virginia’s economy.  As the only off-grounds division of UVA, UVa-Wise was included in the study.  The impressive findings are highlighted in the document.  View the full study.

OED&E Welcomes New Staff Members

Daniel Pinard

Community Builder

Ashley Huffman

Community Builder

Andrew Barnes

Community Engagement Coordinator

McKenna Blevins

Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator

Martha Necessary

GO Virginia Coordinator

If you are interested in learning more about how we can support you and your organization, please reach out to us.  We are eager to find ways to encourage economic development in Southwest Virginia!

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