Amazon arrival spurs Virginia Tech to build technology campus in Northern Virginia

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Virginia Tech plans to build a $1 billion graduate campus within walking distance of Amazon’s new headquarters in Northern Virginia, the keystone in an expansion of technology education in the state designed to lure the company to the region and then to address the long-term impact of Amazon’s decision.

Virginia Tech’s president, Tim Sands, called it a watershed moment for the school, one that will drive economic development in Virginia. It’s also a moment of change for other universities in the commonwealth.

The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will be the most visible sign of that shift, with a 1 million-square-foot campus in Alexandria expected to educate hundreds of graduate students. But an infusion of money and an anticipated increase in demand for technology education is expected to be felt at schools across Virginia.
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