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Erin Burcham

The “Go Virginia” initiative in Region 2 – 18 jurisdictions including Roanoke, Lynchburg and the New River Valley – released the results of a study today it calls “Stopping the Brain Drain.” Erin Burcham with the Roanoke Regional Partnership says the study reveals there are assets that can help retain and attract talented professionals – but there’s also more work to be done.  Common themes of the Go Virginia Region 2 study included calls for access to a larger talent pool, entry level applicants with more employable skills and specialized skill-sets like IT and engineering.