Through this new programming and leveraging of expertise and infrastructure, we have the opportunity to drastically increase domestic seafood and produce production within the state, region, and country, enhancing food safety, security, sustainability, and most importantly, socioeconomically within our agriculture economies.
- Michael Schwarz / Virginia Tech Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center
We are excited to house this facility on the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s campus and to benefit from both the technology developed and the associated economic development opportunities it provides for the region. Consumer demand for healthy, local and pesticide-free produce is high, and will continue to increase in the coming decades. We look forward to serving this need through controlled environment agriculture.
- Scott Lowman, Ph.D / Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
We are excited to partner with Virginia Tech, a fellow champion of cutting-edge innovation, to expand the impact of agriculture in promising new ways. While agriculture is a longtime industry of Southern Virginia, economic factors have demanded a new identity. We believe controlled environment agriculture is one of the defining solutions, and we are proud to work with Virginia Tech to introduce the concept to our region’s growers and attract industry.
- Mark Gignac / Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
We are delighted that the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have combined their expertise to create a top program in controlled environment agriculture. This collaborative effort is creating tremendous energy and excitement because of its potential to provide innovative solutions to the agricultural community. Partnerships like this will help us realize the vision of the SmartFarm Innovation Network Initiative to support the agriculture industry.
- Alan Grant / Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The quality of the [Industrial Hemp Summit] event, the information shared, and the people in attendance were incredible.
- Tyler J. Russell & Allen N. Trask III / Ward and Smith Attorneys
As a proud leader in agriculture, it is important for Virginia to continue to set the pace with premier technology and support to bring new crops to market. I am pleased to help the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research remain a cutting-edge facility with the services to meet and exceed the needs of our area’s hard-working agriculturalists.
- Delegate Danny Marshall
As the leading industry sector for the Commonwealth of Virginia, agriculture continues to grow and evolve in exciting new ways, including the introduction of new crops, which require and deserve accurate, reliable testing. We appreciate the support of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and champions across our state who help IALR serve our agricultural stakeholders.
- Mark Gignac / Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Applied at the correct time, biostimulants can significantly improve plant health, which ultimately leads to higher harvestable yields and better quality for a more profitable crop.
- Simon Hendry / Agrinos
Partnering with leading research institutions such as IALR is key to delivering on our commitments to farmer profitability and environmental sustainability.
- Virginia Ursin / Indigo
Goodyear-Danville is so grateful for all United Way does for our community, and we're glad to be able to support them in a meaningful way. (Regarding IALR's Decorating the Trees for a Cause program, an annual fundraiser benefiting charitable organizations that is organized by the Institute Conference Center)
- Laura Singleton / Goodyear-Danville
Thank you for hosting us at your incredible facility! Between the logistical and technical support that you provided before and during the event, to offering nutritious meals and refreshments for participants and volunteers, and especially your amazing hospitality -- we were so very fortunate to partner with your team and are so very impressed by what you're doing to support the workforce of today and of tomorrow.
- Team Leader / Capital One
I want to thank everyone who made our holiday luncheon a success. The food keeps getting better and better. I ate some of everything, and it was delicious. Compliments to the chef. Everyone has been telling me how great the food was and how much they enjoy having the luncheon at your facility. Thank you for all you do. Please thank everyone who worked so hard for CIT to have a wonderful lunch.
We hope to be back next year.
- June Conner / CIT
Thank you for being so accommodating to our staff and volunteers during our recent Benefit Banquet.. IALR is a beautiful venue and the staff is truly committed to ensuring each visitor is given their utmost attention.
- God's Pit Crew / God's Pit Crew
I was thrilled with the beautiful room and decor! The food was delicious and the wait staff was amazing! We will be back very soon for our next meeting!
- Christy Oakes
“The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has proven to be invaluable to the Town of Altavista by helping to bring about a possible closure to the problem of PCB contamination in our communities’ waste water treatment pond. They are truly an asset to our region.”
- Mike Mattox / Mayor of Altavista
“The meeting rooms are spacious and equipped with state-of- theart presentation and audio visual needs. The food and beverage were exceptional, and the staff was very kind and friendly assisting us. Having meetings at IALR is a great setting for any company that ants to have an offsite meeting. I highly recommend IALR.”
- Cindy Bennett / Essel Propack
“The word “opportunity” epitomizes the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. IALR is a place where students, faculty, researchers, and entrepreneurs are actively working together to reach their full potential. IALR provides the ecosystem where discovery, innovation and commercialization is nurtured and celebrated. The leadership of IALR are invested in providing opportunities for community, K-16 and corporate engagement that will lead to the transformation of the region. Virginia Tech is proud to partner with the Institute in this bold endeavor.”
- Dr. Guru Ghosh / Virginia Tech
I am beyond amazed with the staff and impressed with the technology the research facility has to offer.
- Emily Barbour / PHCC
I love that scientists work together to solve problems
- Gavin Maxey / Sacred Heart
“My students enjoy preparing for this program every year. Our hope is to inspire younger students to enjoy learning about science by showing them how it relates to everyday fun activities."
- Susan Propst / PGSMST
We are grateful for the continued investment of the Haas Foundation in our students and workforce.
- Dr. Bruce Scism / Danville Community College
Goodyear sets a gold standard for supporting community service work. United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County greatly appreciated all their hard work as Campaign Chair for 2016-2017.
- Traci Petty / United Way
“What a wonderful experience we had working with your staff as they helped us prepare and present the Danville Master Gardener’s Spring to Green this year! From the evaluations and feedback from everyone there, this was the best year ever! It was wonderful knowing the staff at The Institute were always available if ever there was an issue that needed to be addressed! The food and beverages were at hit! Please let your entire staff know how much we appreciated their attention to every detail to insure the event was a wonderful success!”
- Pat Morgan / Danville Master Gardeners Association
This is a worldwide problem. If this project is successful, it would not only benefit the town of Altavista but many other localities as well. It also represents IALR's commitment to the health and prosperity of the region.
- Scott Lowman, Ph.D. / Scientist, The Institute
The support and investment the elected officials have demonstrated complement the emphasis they have placed into developing a skilled workforce starting at the high school level, networking world class university level engineering programs, and supporting industry changing research at facilities such as CCAM and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This provides us with complete confidence that our only option is success in Virginia.
- Jason Wells / KYOCERA SGS Tech Hub
The City of Danville is thrilled to have KYOCERA SGS Precision Tool locating in Danville’s Cyber Park and to provide employment opportunities for the highly skilled graduates of the Integrated Machining Technology program at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. This announcement demonstrates the impact of City and County elected officials, community leaders, and educational institutions all working together for the good of the region.
- Telly Tucker / City of Danville
The workflow cell training lab at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will put Southside Virginia on the map for advanced learning. This unique center’s one-of-a-kind workforce training approach is positioned to garner well-deserved national attention from employers and potential industry prospects. The partnership between Gene Haas Automation Inc., The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and Danville Community College is a collaborative effort that will pay off now and in the future for the region and state.
- The Honorable Terry McAuliffe
To support our RemRX™ Environmental Solutions’ needs, we have been working with the IALR. IALR’s excellent facilities, equipment, and people are extremely easy to work with extending our value proposition to our current and future customers.
- Charles Gause / AxNano & Triad Growth Partners
The fruit that came out was beautiful and so we’re very interested in this. We do have a lot of customers asking for pesticide-free fruit. This may be a practice we can adopt and do well with.
- Bennett Saunders / Saunders Brothers Farm
It has given me a large increase in my pool of knowledge. It has also given me a meaningful experience that will follow me for my entire life. It has helped me to solidify my passion for science and my desire to pursue a career in the STEM field.
- Lance Hardcastle
I am pleased with the opportunities the Foundation has provided to students and educators in our footprint. We believe these opportunities are a significant investment in IALR’s workforce and economic development efforts.
- Kris Willard / IALR
Working as a team, our staff works within our mission to be a regional catalyst for economic transformation in four key areas: advanced learning, applied research, workforce development and economic development.
- The Honorable Mr. Don Merricks / IALR
IALR is the type of education facility that can transform a region.
- Barry DuVal / Virginia Chamber
IALR is excited to partner with the Tobacco Commission. This grant will allow IALR to solidify its commitment to improve agricultural production in our area.
- Mark Gignac / IALR
This year’s nominees and award recipients represent the creativity and STEM-H leadership in our region. Their commitment to STEM-H in the region ensures we have a vibrant workforce equipped with the skills needed to participate in an innovative economy
- Jessie Vernon / IALR
For some youth, this is the first time they have been exposed to how STEM topics can integrate into traditional trades, like agriculture. It gives youth the vision to revolutionize the way precision agriculture is done, and expand their field of view to the variety of STEM careers they can pursue.
- Daniel Hale / Danville 4-H
Pittsylvania County Public Schools greatly appreciates the partnership established with the Advanced Learning Department of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. This department provides many STEM opportunities for teachers and students to extend learning and explore new areas. The Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) is one example of the impact that is being realized. Sixteen seniors from Pittsylvania County Schools completed the AET program this year and earned college credits in engineering, math, and English.
- Dr. Mark Jones / Pittsylvania County Public Schools
I firmly believe that through our efforts, we have positioned the Institute as a prime force in the region and solidified it for the future.
- Jerry Gwaltney / IALR
AxNano has been working with the Institute since April 2017 on a National Science Foundation-funded program to evaluate the efficacy of AxNano’s groundwater remediation technologies. Yimeng He performed advanced analytical chemistry work, analyzing samples and processing data that was critical to the success of our program. Yimeng was very professional, delivering quality work product on a timely basis, with open and easy communication and collaboration.
- Dr. Alexis Wells Carpenter / AxNano
When Tyton needs additional assistance with analytical work across our many areas of tech development, we turn to Yimeng He at the Institute. Our team at Tyton has been impressed with the quality of the work and reports and we will continue to rely on his capabilities as we expand the reach of our technology.
- Conor Hartman / Tyton BioSciences
We were fortunate to have a talented and passionate group of interns. Their dedication to learning was contagious, and is an indicator of the community's future success.
- Jennifer Atkins, M.S. / Tyton BioSciences
With the information gained from the technology offered by the Institute, it will improve our yields, improve our profit, and make it worthwhile we are staying on the farm.
- Jesse Williams / Homeplace Vineyard
It is great that House of Delegates Speaker, Bill Howell, appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. As a very successful business person, she brings excellent judgment and insight to the table. Connie has a personal knowledge of our region, its strengths and its educational needs. Her entrepreneurial spirit will offer the enthusiasm that is characteristic of the IALR programs and she will hit the road running, as she always does at VIR.