Virginia Tech memorials on campus

I took the opportunity yesterday to head over to campus. Day one was absolute shock. Day two was horrible grief and sadness. Yesterday, I finally felt that I needed to deal with my mourning and visit campus to see the memorials and pay my respects. I found the overall scene to be surreal and a somewhat different picture than most are seeing on the news. On a beautiful spring day that would normally have been crowded with students and full

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Virginia Tech Tragedy

What a horrible day. I’ve received several inquires today from a couple mainstream media outlets (CBS Evening News, Washington Post) regarding the tragedy that has unfolded today at Virginia Tech. A blog post I wrote on the last shooting that occurred in August 2006 has been getting a lot of traffic today as everyone has been scrambling for news as the events unfolded in Blacksburg. I was unable to provide any additional information today as luckily I wasn’t on campus.

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Regional sites using Internet marketing to promote area

MyRetailRoanoke.com launched yesterday with the goal of aggressively seeking and attracting retailers to Roanoke, Virginia. The City of Roanoke, with the efforts of Stuart Mease, have done an excellent job recently of implementing a Internet based strategic marketing plan to promote the region’s opportunities and economic development efforts. From blogging to MySpace to videos on YouTube, the city is making great strides in highlighting the area’s attractive qualities for businesses, residents, and visitors. I’d also like to note that these

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Google CEO gives $2 million to Virginia Tech

The Roanoke Times reports that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has given Virginia Tech a $2 million gift to the College of Engineering. Apparently, Schmidt grew up in Blacksburg and was the son of a professor. The longer I live here, the more successful former residents and alumni I read about. Schmidt, who received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, spoke at Tech’s commencement in 1999 at Torgersen’s request. He’s given to Tech before, establishing the Wilson

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Two local companies going public

Two local (southwest Virginia) companies announced last week they will be publicly traded – nTelos (Waynesboro, Va) and Luna Innovations (Roanoke, Va). Luna has filed for an IPO, while nTelos priced their IPO at $12/share and raised $144 million last week (NTLS). This is great news for the whole region and will provide more exposure to all the technology companies coming out of here.

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