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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 




STEM-H Summit Interview with Dan Waters

STEM-H Summit Interview with Dan Waters

In partnership with the New College Institute, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and the Virginia Secretary of Education, the Institu...

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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...