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IALR County Footprint

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) serves as a regional catalyst for economic transformation. Core focus areas include research that provides a clear path to commercialization, advanced learning opportunities where education meets experience, and economic development through conferencing and a partnership with the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. 

Footprint served: counties of Patrick, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville 




Interview with Kantis Simmons

Kantis Simmons

  As the nation’s leading academic success strategist he’s aiming to put an end to the academic failure epidemic sweeping...

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  • IALR Launches Dan River Plants

    The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has launched its first official commercial venture, Dan River Plants, as a limited liability company. The lab uses tissue culture technology to replicate high value horticulture and grasses that can be converted into bio-energy. Dan River Plants has secured propagation contracts with several wholesale growers and nurseries, and has expanded its product list to nearly one hundred...