Education is a Priority in Workforce Preparedness

Drone technology, mechatronics, 3D printing, robotics, software engineering.  

Educational programs and training in these fields and more is available in Virginia’s e-Region where we place emphasis on educating our regional workforce for today and jobs of the future.

Starting in elementary school, e-Region students are exposed to technology resources, distance learning, robotics and math competitions, as well as STEM programs – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. And more than 75,000 students are attending college classes within a 125-mile radius.

Working cooperatively with the region’s community colleges and universities and the industry-driven Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), companies that locate in Virginia’s e-Region have access to tailored training such as fast-track software programming,  IT help desk training or advanced manufacturing technology. Students are exposed to the latest technologies in modeling and simulation, robotics, 3D printing, drone technology, cyber security, environmental technologies as well as software engineering.

Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community colleges also provide training for Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.

Virginia’s e-Region is also home to three professional schools, the Appalachian School of Law, the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and Lincoln Memorial University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Drone Technology in Virginia's e-Region

Educational Highlights





Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority 

P.O. Box 1060
527 East Main Street
Lebanon, Virginia 24266
Phone: 1-800-735-9999


VCEDA Awards Seed Funding to 18 New Small Businesses

VCEDA Awards $3.37 Million Loan to Russell County IDA for New Manufacturer Locating in Lebanon

VCEDA Closes Loan for Sugar Hill Cidery, LLC in Norton

VCEDA Awards Grant Funds to SWCC Foundation for Events Center Feasibility Study

VCEDA Closes Loan on Scott County Business Site

VCEDA Closes Loan to Lawrence Brothers, Inc.

VCEDA Closes Loan to Carbon Research and Development Co. Project at Graphene Research Center

VCEDA Approves $15 Million for Projects in 2018, Most Active Year in its History

A meeting of the VCEDA Projects Review Committee is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 5, 2019 at the VCEDA Office, 527 East Main Street, Lebanon, Va.

Next meeting of the VCEDA Board is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 18, 2019  at the VCEDA Office, 527 East Main Street, Lebanon, Va.

Committee Meetings: Executive - Noon; Business Development - 1 p.m.; Finance - 1:30 p.m.; Project Review - 2 p.m.; Full Board - 3 p.m. 



Virginia's e-Region is marketed by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority - VCEDA - a regional economic development organization created by Virginia's General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the economic base of the seven-county, one-city, coal-producing region in southwestern Virginia.  Since its creation, VCEDA has helped create more than 20,000 jobs.