Radiating outward from Charlottesville, the University of Virginia’s presence creates a comprehensive, stable economy for the surrounding region and for the entire state.

The office of Economic Development works with a variety of partners to leverage UVA resources in support of economic development priorities across Virginia. Joining forces with public and private partners throughout the Commonwealth, UVA spans multiple sectors to conduct innovative research, educate citizen leaders, and foster collaboration among academia, government, and industry.

Learn more about some of our key partners. 

Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development

The Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development (CVPED) is a not-for-profit public/private partnership that serves as the regional economic development organization for Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange. CVPED partners with business, academia, and government to foster job creation and new capital investment in the region.

CVPED partners with Central Virginia Small Business Development Center, Virginia Career Works - Piedmont Region, and GO Virginia to provide five core services for clients: research and analytics; site selection assistance; support for entrepreneurs and existing companies; and workforce development solutions. The Office of Economic Development and CVPED work together to create economic development opportunities that result in a vibrant, prosperous community with unparalleled quality of life.


GO Virginia

GO Virginia is a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative that is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate on economic and workforce development activities.

The University works with regional economic development officers to support their GO Virginia proposals and offer additional resources or connections that align with regional priorities.

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

UVA-Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. It is nationally accredited and has been nationally ranked among top public liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Through our long history with UVA-Wise and strong partnership with the Appalachian Prosperity Project, the Office of Economic Development works to leverage and connect the University’s assets in support of growth and prosperity in Southwest Virginia.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Created by the General Assembly in 1995, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership serves those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities to expand the Commonwealth’s economy.

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Formed by the General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body focused on promoting economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities. To date, the commission has awarded more than 2,102 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across Virginia’s tobacco region.

The University identifies ongoing research that reinforces the Commission’s priorities and companies within the tobacco region that are ripe for Commission support.

Get in touch with Pace Lochte, assistant vice president for economic development, to learn more about how UVA can join you in advancing economic prosperity in the Commonwealth.