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Vol. 12 No. 3

Answering the Question of How: Out-Of- Region University Engagement with an Economically Distressed, Rural Region

  • Timothy V. Franklin
  • Lorilee R. Sandmann
  • Nancy E. Franklin
  • Theodore J. Settle
July 23, 2010


How can universities engage their critical capabilities in out-of-region efforts that enhance the viability of rural regions in an innovation-based, global economy while simultaneously benefiting the university’s discovery, learning, and outreach missions? This article describes Virginia Tech’s program activities and how they were implemented as the university embraced a broad-scale engagement partnership with Southside [central southern] Virginia, bringing together good science and good politics to partner in transforming this economically distressed