Working Group Purpose Statement:

Examine the economic footprint of JMU within Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. Examine business relationships with SWAM owned companies (Small, Women and Minority-owned businesses) and the correlation with supplier diversity. Information and connectivity for students, faculty, administrators, alumni pursuing business ownership, particularly in Harrisonburg-Rockingham community.  Review and explore the role of student entrepreneurship and economic engagement (especially by race).


Gilbert Bland

Gilbert Bland

Alumnus, President & CEO - Urban League of Hampton Roads


Towana H. Moore

Associate Vice President for Business Services

Working Group Members:

Justin Carlton Banks - Community Member

Nicole M. Copeland - Alumna

Devena McLaurine - Alumna

Huy Nguyen - Student

Kathleen Overfield-Zook - Operations Assistant, College of Business

Shonta Sellers - Director of Communications & Marketing, Professional & Continuing Education

Katie Weaver - Procurement

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