This fall graduate students from planning, public administration and forestry departments are participating in the Economic Development Studio @ Virginia Tech. The class is working with leaders of Sustain Floyd, a community based non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainable development of Floyd County, a rural county off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the New River Valley.
As many of you know I teach this hands on graduate course as a part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program. It is a final pre-professional experience for the students. This year students are working to identify opportunities for green or sustainable business in Floyd County. The class will begin their project with an analysis of Floyd County's assets and will subsequently assess the feasibility of specific business and industry opportunities.
I've seen their preliminary recommendations which include looking at micro-dairies, wood pellet manufacturing, green interior furnishings production, and a sustainable living education center. Any thoughts?