The division of Economic Development and Corporate Education fosters connections to the programs, services and networks that create a strong talent pipeline, support innovation, and drive economic growth throughout the region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our economic development initiatives are designed to actively engage corporations and communities to provide expertise and business solutions in today’s dynamic economy. The University and our world-class faculty are uniquely positioned to provide expertise and services to support the diverse needs of industry partners. The division serves faculty, student, alumni, corporate and community partners by fostering connections to the programs, services, and networks that support innovation and economic growth, both within and outside the University.

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The office also provides relevant workforce training and development solutions in high demand areas. Through the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab, organizations can upskill their workforce and employees can accelerate their careers via our innovative online, self-paced, competency-based education offerings.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss collaborative partnerships, work-based learning opportunities and economic development pursuits that can advance the mission of Radford University and drive economic growth.

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Economic Development News

  1. Radford University's Economic Impact Study Unveils Pivotal Role in Driving Virginia's Prosperity »


    The total economic impact of Radford University on the Commonwealth of Virginia was a staggering $421.7 million in FY2022, with $390 million remaining within the region.

  2. University president’s 2023 homecoming address defines his central goals for next two years  »


    President Bret Danilowicz put forth his two-year plan in the Bondurant Auditorium on Oct. 20. The primary components of his strategy include defining Radford’s distinctive nature, driving regional economic development, stabilizing student enrollment and repositioning resources.  

  3. University hosts economic development listening sessions with New River Valley stakeholders »


    Representatives from area chambers of commerce, localities and regional organizations in the New River Valley attended. The meetings, held Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, were designed to spark a dialogue between the university and local businesses and communities. 

  4. The HUB at Radford for Economic Development officially opens »


    The HUB at Radford for Economic Development officially opened following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17, 2023, hosted by the Radford University Division of Economic Development and Corporate Education and the Radford Chamber of Commerce.