Opportunity. Discovery. Innovation. Progress. excellence.

Economic transformation lives at the heart of each and every product and service offered at IALR. For that reason, each division works collaboratively to identify, plan, execute and leverage opportunities for revitalization and prosperity. Every decision, every goal and every metric centers on positively impacting the economy of Southern Virginia and beyond. With the support of excellent partners, IALR staff create opportunity, discover breakthroughs, lead collaborative innovation, power progress and serve excellence to enhance Southern Virginia’s economic and social well-being.



Creating opportunity on a daily basis, the Advanced Learning team delivers educational and talent development initiatives centered on meeting the needs of regional employers. As the region’s epicenter for training and educating a skilled workforce, IALR collaborates with numerous partners to support advanced learning opportunities that increase STEM capacity, connect students to careers, and promote lifelong and service learning across the region. 

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Discovering Breakthroughs 


Discovering breakthroughs is not just a goal, but a reality within the labs of the Applied Research division. Our staff focus on industry-driven projects and research, serving as a go-to partner for companies across industries and a hub for growing sectors like controlled environment agriculture and endophyte research. Our diverse and cutting-edge services and facilities contribute to a dynamic economy for new and existing businesses. 

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A go-to partner for the industry thanks to state-of-the-art programs and facilities, the Manufacturing Advancement team enhances the regional economy and facilitates the growth of new and expanding manufacturing operations. IALR provides top-of-the-line manufacturing advancement services, training programs and facilities through unique public-private partnerships. With innovative and flagship programs like ATDM and the Center for Manufacturing Advancement, we employ the latest technology and leverage collaboration to generate a highly skilled workforce and offer extensive resources and services.




Powering progress for our region is a constant focus of the Economic Development team, which works tirelessly to attract, retain and grow industry in Southern Virginia. In partnership with the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) and other economic developers, the division contributes to a dynamic regional economy through the growth of new and existing businesses across Southern Virginia. As a proven partner for economic development efforts across the Commonwealth, we support a multitude of transformative efforts with marketing, space, research, leadership and more.

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Serving excellence is at the core of our Institute Conference Center (ICC) staff’s every move. Thanks to state-of-the-art meeting space, 21st century technology, gourmet cuisine and expert staff, we function as a hub for economic transformation. We contribute to regional growth by attracting event attendees from across the globe to Southern Virginia, hosting various business meetings and attracting frequent guests to our on-site restaurant, Megabytes.

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