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April 07, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Four SW Virginia community colleges join forces on advanced manufacturing initiative

Here are a couple of newsworthy items from our neighboring state to the northeast – the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • The presidents of four community colleges in Virginia’s Southwest have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on training and development actions in the offshore wind energy manufacturing supply chain. The agreement fulfills one of the recommendations for economic development from research commissioned by InvestSWVA, specifically an initiative named “Project Veer.” The four two-year institutions are Mountain Empire, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, and Wytheville Community Colleges.
  • Two Virginia companies came away from the recent “Covintus Tech Tank” pitch competition with $35,000 in cash. The competition came at the end of the 10-week technology-focused accelerator designed to “savify” start-up founders on leveraging their technology to maximize their valuation and their overall tech strategy. Founders receive tech-focused instruction, advice and real-time application. They in turn share ideas and resources to the Tech Tank community. The winners were: (1) Richmond-based EDai, an advanced analytics solution enabling businesses and economic developers to make better, faster location decisions, that won $25,000; and (2) Norfolk-based Frontline, an on-demand gig work platform for green jobs, that received the $10,000 runner-up prize.

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