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Media Advisory: Gov. Warner To Visit Southside Collaborative Economic Development Project; Virginia Tech And Local Leaders To Announce New Assistance


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 22, 2003 – Virginia Governor Mark Warner will be the guest of honor at a Partners' Pre-Opening Preview for the new Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, Va. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Minnis E. Ridenour will announce a significant university research commitment. Ben J. Davenport Jr., vice chairman of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation, will announce major private contributions for furniture and fixtures at IALR.

The event, open to the media, will bring together invited local and state officials and representatives of project partners, including the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, the Future of the Piedmont Foundation, Virginia Tech, Averett University and Danville Community College.

An agenda for the Oct. 23 event is attached.

Partners' Pre-Opening Preview

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville, Va.

Oct. 23, 2003

Schedule

1:30Reception Begins
2:00Partners Pre-Opening Preview Program
2:45Tours of Facility, Reception - Partners, Media
2:45Private Briefing with Governor Warner - Designated Individuals
4:00Conclusion

Partners Pre-Opening Preview Program

Greetings, IntroductionsE. Linwood Wright, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Welcome from City and CountyJohn C. Hamlin, Mayor, City of Danville; Michael Irby, Chairman, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors
Institute Update, Partner Recognition, Research PlansTimothy V. Franklin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Virginia Tech Research Video 
The Tobacco Commission Commitment and Introduction of Governor WarnerThe Honorable Charles R. Hawkins, Senate of Virginia, 19th District
Building a 21st Century Economy in SouthsideThe Honorable Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia
New Investments
Private Fundraising Announcements
Ben J. Davenport Jr., Vice Chairman, Future of the Piedmont Foundation
Research Equipment AnnouncementMinnis E. Ridenour, Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Technology and Community PartnershipsNancy E. Franklin, Senior Director, Technology and Community Development
SCALE-UP AnnouncementKelvin Perry, Chairman, SCALE-UP Advocacy Group
Academic Partner InitiativesE. Linwood Wright


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