John Provo is the director of Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development. Provo provides leadership for the university in the design and implementation of its economic engagement mission.
A “pracademic” with almost 20 years of experience in higher education and government, he is active in state and national organizations defining the practice of university-based economic development. Provo and his team work annually with hundreds of companies, government agencies, and community partners to construct strategic alliances and deliver cutting edge applied research projects, identifying and building paths to prosperity. This includes managing a US EDA I6 grant focused on developing proof of concept services in Southwest Virginia.