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Blevins receives Southwestern Virginia Technology Council President’s Award for economic development work

Shannon Blevins accepting the President's Award
Shannon Blevins accepting the President's Award

Shannon Blevins, director of economic development at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, is the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council’s President’s Award recipient for 2014. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the council and the 13 counties it serves.

Blevins, who also supports UVa-Wise teams at the Southwest Virginia Development Center in Lebanon and at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, has played a significant role in the economic development work of two blueprint projects, the Blueprint for Attracting and Sustaining Advanced Manufacturing in Southwest Virginia and the Blueprint for Entrepreneurial Growth and Economic Prosperity. These regional strategic plans, along with the Healthy Appalachia Institute as part of the Blueprint for Health Improvement and Health-Enabled Prosperity, are initiatives of the Appalachian Prosperity Project, a collaborative effort by the University of Virginia, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the Virginia Coalfield Coalition.

“I was both humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Blevins. “This award represents the results of many talented and professional people with whom I work.”

Tim Mullins, Southwestern Virginia Technology Council president presented the President’s Award June 12 at the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council’s Awards Banquet and Gala at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.

Blevins was selected "for the work performed to create opportunities for government, non-profit organizations, big business, small business and higher education to work together to improve the region, for the work performed to provide economic development opportunities for the region and for the work performed for the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council,” said Mullins during the ceremony.

The Southwestern Virginia Technology Council board selects award recipients.

The Southwestern Virginia Technology Council addresses technology issues for business, education and government with the purpose of enhancing the vitality and social well being of Southwestern Virginia. Council membership includes businesses, institutions and individuals from the region’s 13 counties.

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