The ripples from the splashy new campus will be felt in Southwest Virginia, Tech officials said.
Sands said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the new campus will feature graduate students working in technology and will boost Northern Virginia's innovation economy. Start ups and other companies will have a presence on the campus in an effort to create a synergistic environment.
About 50 faculty will be hired at the new campus, but that number will likely grow "dramatically," in the coming years, he said.
Tech's Blacksburg campus will also see growth from the announcement, Sands said.
The university plans to add 2,000 undergraduate students who will work in software engineering and computer science to add to a pipeline from Tech to Amazon. The company is already a top 10 recruiter of Virginia Tech students, said Julia Ross, the College of Engineering dean.
“This is an expansion of our operations," Ross said. "It’s an accelerant. We're going to be ramping up our trajectory."
“We’re talking about an opportunity to leverage Northern Virginia to grow Roanoke and Blacksburg and vice versa," Sands said. “We’re one of the only institutions that spans the urban-rural divide and we use that to make sure prosperity is shared.”
— The Roanoke Times