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Center for Economic and Community Engagement

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Solving Problems    Connecting Resources    Engaging Communities

We provide research and university connections to organizations and communities, helping them to think strategically and find a pathway to economic prosperity.

GO Virginia Region 2

Encouraging Virginia’s economic growth through the creation of high-wage jobs. 

Vibrant Virginia

Engaging faculty and students in place-based community problem solving.

US EDA University Center 

Leveraging university assets to build regional economic resilience.

V-TOP Internship Collaborative

Connecting students and businesses for work-based learning opportunities.

Our Research Program

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Community

Helping towns and cities across Virginia achieve prosperity.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Building support networks that help people turn ideas into action.

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Talent & Workforce

Collaborating with local and state partners to recruit and retain talent and industry in Virginia.

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Technology

Helping industry harness the power of technological advancements for the state’s common good.

CECE Speakers Bureau

Looking for experts? Our faculty members are ready to talk to you on a variety of subjects including economic impact, strategic planning, grant development, entrepreneurship, workforce, and tourism.

Training the next generation of economic development professionals

Through our studio class and student-led projects, graduate students gain hands-on experience helping towns prosper.

Four Locations to Serve All of Virginia