Virginia Economic Review Podcast
Behind the Love: A Conversation With Rita McClenny

Behind the Love: A Conversation With Rita McClenny

January 19, 2021

Rita McClenny is president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), the agency tasked with expanding domestic and international inbound travel and motion picture production in Virginia. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with McClenny about Virginia’s top tourist destinations, marketing tourism during a global pandemic, and what it’s like overseeing one of the most enduring brands in tourism marketing, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

Making AI Serve Us All: A Conversation With Kevin Scott

Making AI Serve Us All: A Conversation With Kevin Scott

January 19, 2021

Kevin Scott is chief technology officer and executive vice president, technology and research, at Microsoft, and the author of “Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley — Making AI Serve Us All.” VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Scott about his journey from rural Virginia to one of the biggest tech companies in the world and how artificial intelligence is poised to transform the U.S. economy.

‘We Go to Space to Improve Life on Earth’: A Conversation With Peter Beck

‘We Go to Space to Improve Life on Earth’: A Conversation With Peter Beck

October 7, 2020

Peter Beck is CEO, CTO, and founder of Rocket Lab, a private space company with commercial launch sites in New Zealand and at Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. VEDP Executive Vice President Jason El Koubi spoke with Beck about Rocket Lab’s evolution, its decision to locate in Virginia, and the future of commercial space flight.

Virginia’s Place in Space: A Conversation With Dale Nash

Virginia’s Place in Space: A Conversation With Dale Nash

October 7, 2020

Dale Nash is CEO and executive director of Virginia Space, owner and operator of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Nash about the mission and history of Virginia Space and the opportunities for commercial space flight at Wallops.

Range: The Case for the Liberal Arts - A Conversation With Katherine Rowe

Range: The Case for the Liberal Arts - A Conversation With Katherine Rowe

July 23, 2020

Dr. Katherine A. Rowe is the 28th president of William & Mary. She also founded and serves as CEO at Luminary Digital Media and has published three books. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Rowe about integrating digital literacy with a classic liberal arts education, running a university during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

 

Beyond One-Size-Fits-All College Dreams: A Conversation With James Rosenbaum

Beyond One-Size-Fits-All College Dreams: A Conversation With James Rosenbaum

April 1, 2020

James Rosenbaum is a professor of human development, social policy, and sociology at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Rosenbaum about how the traditional college model fails some students and what can be done to make it work better.

What’s Next for the Food & Beverage Industry?

What’s Next for the Food & Beverage Industry?

April 1, 2020

VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with leading site consultants Brian Corde (Atlas Insight), Scott Kupperman (Kupperman Location Solutions), and Brandon Talbert (Austin Consulting) about the factors that make states and localities successful in attracting projects in an industry where even the most successful companies depend on low margins and economies of scale.

Preparing Students for Sustainable Jobs: A Conversation With Steven Brint

Preparing Students for Sustainable Jobs: A Conversation With Steven Brint

January 10, 2020

Steven Brint is distinguished professor of sociology and public policy at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of “Two Cheers for Higher Education.” VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret caught up with Brint on a recent trip to the West Coast to discuss his work in, and analysis of, higher century education in the 21st century. 

Connecting Southern Virginia to the World: A Conversation With Tad Deriso

Connecting Southern Virginia to the World: A Conversation With Tad Deriso

January 10, 2020

Tad Deriso is president and CEO at Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, a South Boston-based nonprofit organization that has built an advanced open-access fiber optic network in Southern Virginia. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Deriso in Danville about his work creating world-class fiber infrastructure in a rural region.

The Evolution of Cloud Computing: A Conversation With Susie Adams

The Evolution of Cloud Computing: A Conversation With Susie Adams

January 10, 2020

Susie Adams is chief technology officer (federal government business) at Microsoft, where she oversees and implements the technical strategy for the technology giant’s Department of Defense, civilian, and intelligence community businesses. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Adams about data centers, Big Data, and the future of cloud and edge computing.

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