The JMU Office of Economic and Community Development embraces a framework of university economic engagement promoted by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the University Economic Developers Association, which describes universities’ economic engagement actions falling into three realms – talent, innovation and place.

We seek to use a service orientation to:

  • Communicate JMU’s economic engagement in the region and Commonwealth
  • Foster collaborations that advance the talent pipeline, innovation support and community quality of life
  • Connect partners to expertise, research and scholarship
  • Identify opportunities to resource economic engagement initiatives
  • Support JMU’s connection with Commonwealth and regional initiatives
Mission & Vision

The mission of the JMU Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) discovers opportunities for partnership, develops connections, and activates networks with resources and creativity to promote economic and community vitality. 

The vision of the JMU Office of Economic and Community Development is to serve as a catalyst for collaborations that support economic vitality and vibrancy in our community.  

Our Values
  • Opportunity Mindset - We value creativity in discovering ways to address needs and opportunities present in the community and economy.

  • Wellness – we value wellbeing and inclusivity as building blocks of a healthy community.  
  • Stewardship - we value being a good neighbor who is a trusted member of the community and seeks mutual benefit for our partners.

  • Relationships - We value the power of networks to support a vibrant community and economy.

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