When the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) was formed in 2002 as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, its number-one priority, still in place today, was and is to catalyze a regional economy where all can live and thrive. Thanks to committed board members, dedicated leadership and staff, and phenomenal partnerships, much has been accomplished over the years. A new, five-year strategic plan will extend that momentum with six strategic themes designed to continue meeting the needs of the region by capitalizing on the unique strengths of IALR.
“Our FY 2022-2027 strategic plan is a product of collaboration, commitment and creativity – all centered on how IALR can best impact the Southern Virginia region,” said Dr. Betty Jo Foster, Interim President for IALR. “I have complete confidence in the exceptional caliber of staff, leaders and board members to execute this plan to the fullest and realize our mission of economic transformation.”
IALR worked with Deaton Group Consulting to develop the plan. The endeavor engaged the entire IALR board and all employees as well as outside individuals and organizations such as civic leaders, peer organizations, business leaders, economic development, K-12 and higher education centers. Through a methodical process, stakeholders revisited the vision, mission and values. A comprehensive situation analysis was formed and strategic goals were developed. Then, initiatives with specific metrics were crafted. Six strategic themes, outlined above, emerged to guide the organization. Visit ialr.org/ialr_strategy_report_2022-2027 for the full report.