Business Facilities Magazine Presents VEDP and CCAM with Achievement in Innovation Award

Business Facilities magazine recently announced its 2015 Economic Development Awards, and VEDP was a recipient of one of five Achievement in Innovation Awards for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The Business Facilities article mentioned how difficult it was to narrow down candidates this year because best practices are being implemented across the country, making CCAM’s recognition all the more meaningful.

According to the Business Facilities’ editorial staff, "The states that are ahead of the curve have developed innovation hubs for targeted growth sectors and created an environment that makes their locations fertile ground for emerging businesses. This year, we’re focusing our spotlight on five programs that have exhibited consistent excellence in the development of innovation hubs and three successful initiatives targeting entrepreneurs."

CCAM is an applied research center that brings together Virginia’s leading manufacturing companies and educational institutions to turn research into real-world technologies and solutions. It operates out of a 62,000-square-foot facility located adjacent to the 1,000-acre Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Campus in Prince George County, Va.

Operating as a public-private partnership, its roster is made up of five university members and 33 corporate and industry members, including globally recognized leaders Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Alcoa, Canon, Chromalloy, NASA, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon Metco, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant and Siemens.

This award highlights what the more than 5,600 manufacturing companies located in Virginia already know — that the Commonwealth is a hub of advanced manufacturing and offers companies the innovative environment to grow. To learn more, click here.

MONEY Magazine Gives Strong Marks to Virginia's Colleges and Universities

Once again, Virginia’s higher education institutions made a strong showing on MONEY Magazine’s 2015 Best Colleges List.

10 Virginia institutions made the Top 200 overall:




  University of Virginia


  Washington and Lee University


  Tie – Virginia Military Institute and
Virginia Tech


  James Madison University


  College of William and Mary


  University of Richmond


  University of Mary Washington


  George Mason University


  Hampden-Sydney College

The Commonwealth had seven schools make the Top 50 Best Public Colleges list:






  Tie – Virginia Tech and VMI


  Tie – JMU with another school


  Tie – College of William and Mary with 2 other schools


  Tie – University of Mary Washington with  another school


  Tie – GMU with 2 other schools

Virginia also had strong results in the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges list with four schools:




  Washington and Lee University




  Tie – University of Richmond with  another school


  Hampden-Sydney College

Bridgewater College was counted among the Top 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges. Hampton University was included in the Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value list.

The editors at MONEY Magazine only included the 736 schools with an above-median graduation rate from the list of 1,500 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The schools were then ranked on 21 factors falling into the three categories of quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Virginia’s strong rankings in both the public and liberal arts categories show the breadth of the Commonwealth’s premier education offerings. Virginia has more than 575,000 students enrolled in 230 campuses across the state ensuring the workforce of tomorrow is prepared to meet industry needs. To learn more, click here.

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