Officials to discuss effects of immigration policy on business

Del. Joseph Yost

Virginia Del. Joseph Yost will be a member of the panel.

A Radford University business class will host a free public panel discussion on Wednesday, May 8, focusing on the potential effects on local and national economies of deporting professionals with degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Panelists will be Virginia Del. Joseph Yost '06, M.A. '08; Basil Edwards, City of Radford economic development director; Shawn Utt, Pulaski County economic development director; John White, Town of Pulaski economic development director; Alan Hawthorne, director of the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County; and Orion Rogers, dean of RU's College of Science and Technology.

Sponsored by the College of Business and Economics, the discussion will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in Room 204 of the COBE building on the RU campus.

Two students in Professor Bruce Brown’s organizational behavior and organizational development course, Donald R. Jones and Suzanne Stoffel, organized the event as part of a class project on building a better business climate.

Jones said the intent is to focus attention on how national policies affect local development authorities and business leaders. He said the panel discussion, titled "Negative Impact of Deporting STEM Graduates on Local and National Economies," is relevant to everyone involved in economic development on the local, state or national level.

For more information about the panel discussion, contact Jones at

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Apr 30, 2013
Chad Osborne
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