Economic Development


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The University of Virginia is committed to being a strong economic development partner for the region and the Commonwealth. Our role in economic development is to:

1. educate students and provide them with the skills needed in a rapidly changing world,

2. fuel growth through research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and

3. collaborate with local and state partners to recruit and retain industry in Virginia.

The University promotes economic prosperity through a broad array of programs, services, and activities, improving the lives of Virginia citizens and creating a competitive and attractive environment for new and existing businesses. We work closely with our partners in Southwest Virginia to bring the resources of UVA to bear on economic development priorities.


To learn more about ways UVA can support economic development in your area, contact Pace Lochte, Assistant VP for Strategic Initiatives & Economic Development.