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In 2018, Northern Virginia became the envy of the nation when Amazon announced that it would build HQ2 at National Landing – a newly-named neighborhood that crosses the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. The region was successful for a myriad of reasons but the single most important factor, according to Amazon, was the talent pipeline that Virginia Tech (VT) would facilitate through their new Innovation Campus, located in the Alexandria portion of National Landing. Although VT is located hundreds of miles away in southwestern Virginia, their satellite location was a lynchpin for the success of the HQ2 project. The speakers will discuss how local and state officials can leverage higher education institutions and establish a talent pipeline to attract new employers.
- Stephanie Landrum, President & CEO, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
- Stephen Moret, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
- Brandy Salmon, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships, Virginia Tech