Virginia Tech Announces New Veterans Program at Alexandria Innovatio…

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun begins the press conference. (Photos Grace Billups Arnold)

ALEXANDRIA, VA–On Monday, June 13, Boeing announced two important milestones. First, it will move its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia. Second, it will help establish a transition center for veterans and military families in Virginia Technology Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President Joe Haggerty stands next to Alexandria City Manager Jim Paragon and Alexandria Vice Mayor Amy Jackson
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President Joe Haggerty attended along with Alexandria City Manager Jim Paragon and Alexandria Vice Mayor Amy Jackson.

The partnership between Boeing and Virginia Tech dates back seven decades, but recent years have seen many major investments. On May 4, 2021, Boeing announced a $50 million donation for the development of the Innovation Campus. Virginia Tech allocated a portion of this donation to fund the Veterans Center, as well as other K-12 and scholarship programs.

The Veterans Transition & Military Families Center at Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will provide workforce development and education resources, as well as support for military families transitioning to civilian life. The Center will be located on the second floor near the Hokie One-Stop.

With the diversity of student backgrounds and ages and the variety of educational opportunities, the Innovation Campus will foster a culture of diversity.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands stands on the podium with the American Flag, Virginia Flag, Virginia Tech Flag, and Boeing flags behind him
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands talks about the partnership.

The idea of ​​creating a transition center for veterans and military families was generated about six months ago, so Virginia Tech is still in the early stages of development, but they have big plans. To achieve this, the campus will conduct outreach to potential staff and veterans in addition to constructing the physical structure. The entire Innovation Campus is scheduled to open in September 2024. When the campus opens next year, the Veterans Center will open at the same time, ready to assist, enlist or certify military families in transition to civilian life.

With Boeing’s new headquarters in Arlington, the Alexandria Innovation Campus will benefit from closer and faster contact with its long-time partner to ensure the success of future efforts together and across the Commonwealth.

Boeing isn’t the only aerospace company to choose an Arlington-based headquarters. Raytheon Technologies recently announced that it will also be moving its headquarters to Arlington, and Virginia Tech is ready to collaborate.

US Congressman from Virginia's 8th District, Don Beyer, was in attendance, with a smile on his face in the crowd
US Congressman Don Beyer was also present.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine stand in front of a Boeing sheet with cameras and microphones pointed at their faces, Senator Kaine raises his hands in front of him, palms outward
Senators Mark Warner and Time Kaine also made comments.

“We’re really interested in working with all companies,” Collins says. “Boeing is ahead of the others, but we are in talks with many different companies. We received another gift from Northrop Grumman recently; we are interested in a multitude of companies and federal agencies.

Northern Virginia has been hailed as the nation’s new tech hub, and it certainly proves it’s earned that accolade with these latest announcements. However, this new Veterans Center, along with the innovation campus and headquarters of Boeing and Raytheon, will not only benefit the Northern Virginia area. Their effects will be felt in many sectors across the Commonwealth.

Governor Glenn Youngkin says, “How exciting is that? Virginia is open for business. I think we will have 4 of the top 5 aerospace and defense companies right here in Northern Virginia. They are able to draw on talent from across the Commonwealth. I think the connectivity will only be enhanced by their presence here, so that’s great for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin stands in front of the Boeing sheet with cameras and microphones pointed at his face
Governor Glenn Youngkin underlined the importance of this partnership for the Commonwealth.

For more information on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the new Veteran Transition & Military Families Center, visit vt.edu/innovationcampus.

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