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Bluefield Economic Official Speaks To Concord University Students

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405





ATHENS, W.Va. – Jim Spencer, the Community and Economic Development Director of the City of Bluefield, WV, spoke to students and faculty in the College of Science, Mathematics and Health at Concord University, on Friday, Dec. 1. His talk focused on a number of topics: the Economic Development Plan for Bluefield, entrepreneurship, and economic development in neighboring Virginia counties.


The Economic Development Plan for Bluefield focuses on creating a positive business environment, targeting business and industry that would be a good fit for the city, workforce development, developing infrastructure for economic development projects, diversifying the local economy, partnering with existing businesses, and developing the historic downtown.


Bluefield is encouraging entrepreneurship through two activities: an entrepreneurial workshop taught by VT Knowledge Works and an event called the Meet the Millennials, which brings together college students and creators of small to midsized businesses. Concord’s students were invited to participate in the Second Annual Meet the Millennials event.


Economic development in neighboring Virginia counties has had some successes with technology companies such as the CGI facility in Russell County and Bluefield is hoping to replicate those successes. This is of particular interest to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students at Concord and other local schools.


In addition to his prepared remarks, Mr. Spencer had detailed discussions with several faculty.



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