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Economic Development Research Services

Using staff, student, and faculty expertise, OCED has professional resources to assist with research projects for your community or region.  Examples of recent projects include:

  • Virginia's Growth Alliance Entrepreneurial Development Plan
    • Focus groups of 10-12 business owners and stakeholders throughout VGA Region - 7 localities and 13 separate on-site focus groups.
    • Surveys to determine awareness and gaps in service provision for small businesses
    • Results - Action plan to better support and develop entrepreneurial activity in the region
    • Final report, including results and recommendations available here.

 

  • Downtown Farmville Market Analysis
    • Surveys of shoppers, residents, students, and faculty
    • 1217 online surveys collected
    • 385 consumer intercept surveys completed
    • 72 business owner surveys collected
    • Project supported the attainment of and on-going work associated with Virginia Main Street status
    • Final report, including results and recommendations available here.

 

  • Virginia SBDC Needs Assessment of Second Stage (Growth Oriented) Small Businesses
    • Statewide research project including surveys of business owners and five on-site regional focus groups
    • Project initiated to study whether Virginia SBDC could respond to the needs of more established existing businesses that are facing challenges with business growth.
    • Project resulted in addition of consulting services through the Virginia SBDC Network:
      • Internet Marketing and Social Media
      • Export Assistance
      • Innovation and Commercialization Assistance

 

  • Economic Impact of Longwood University
    • Project initiated in 1997 to study the local economic impact of spending by Longwood University as well as it's employees and students
    • Study repeated in 2002 and 2008
    • 2008 study showed that the university had an economic impact of $135.6 million, of which $89 million, or 66 percent of the total economic impact, occurred in Farmville and surrounding counties.

 

  • Other Past Projects include:
    • Crewe, Virginia Consumer Needs Assessment - 2007
    • Educational and Human Services Needs Assessment for Longwood University - 2006
    • Client Satisfaction Survey and Analysis prepared for W.M. Jordan Company - 2001 & 2005
    • Cumberland County Consumer and Business Needs Assessment - 2005
    • Longwood University Continuing Education Needs Assessment - 2004
    • Virginia Economic Developers' Association Membership Survey - 2003
    • Liberty University Economic Impact Study - 2001 & 2003
    • Scottsville, Virginia Consumer Needs Assessment - 2000