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Blacksburg Young Professionals (YPs) are typically anyone in their 20’s and 30’s working, living and playing in Blacksburg. The YP scene in this area is unique. Maybe you're a recent college grad starting your career at one of our up-and-coming technology companies and are adjusting to the non-student life. Maybe you've been here a while and are looking to connect with other young families and advance your career. Whatever your situation, we strive to create a unified community of young professionals and become an advocate of this area's future leaders. We round out the YP experience by focusing on the Social, Professional, and Economic Impact of ensuring that YPs have the tools to make and enjoy Blacksburg being their home.
Whether you're more concerned with lining up play dates for your kids or scoping out dates for yourself, there are a number of social events in the area that can connect you with other YPs. Explore all that Blacksburg has to offer and check out our calendar for upcoming events.
Ready to take your career to the next level? You'll find a plethora of professional development opportunities in the area, stemming from like-minded individuals. See why entrepreneurship in this region is among the highest in the nation and why so many young professionals are calling Blacksburg home. Work in Blacksburg
Are you a business owner looking to attract or retain the next generation of your company's leaders? Let us be a resource in your recruitment efforts. There are more YPs living and working in the area than ever before and they have a lot to offer the local business climate.
What YPs Are Saying
“I was drawn back to Blacksburg seven years after graduating from Virginia Tech because of an incredible job opportunity in the area and also because of the quality of life that the town provides me as a professional and to my growing family.” – Justin Y. (VT ‘05)
"As a native of the New River Valley and having attended Virginia Tech, I initially had the urge to start my career in a larger city. However, there truly was no reason for me to leave. Blacksburg has all I need, and there's no replicating the natural beauty of the area or the incredible sense of community." – Traci C. (VT '07)
“I think Blacksburg is a really welcoming community with a lot of opportunities for young families to work and enjoy the area whether it’s Virginia Tech, the Huckleberry Trail or fun events for my son.” – Jessica W.
Take a look around our stepintoblacksburg.org website where we've compiled information on nearly all the facets of living in, working in, and visiting Blacksburg. Another great resource is nextthreedays.com, where you’ll learn about even more events throughout the New River Valley, including daily restaurant deals. If you still can't find what you're looking for or have a great idea for YPs in our area, email us or give us a call at 540-443-2008.
Did You Know?
In 2010, Virginia Tech ranked 10th among universities globally on the “IEEE Spectrum Patent Power Scorecard,” which analyzed the strength of patent portfolios for calendar year 2009. During fiscal year 2010, 37 U.S. patents and 7 foreign patents were awarded to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and 44 license and option agreements were signed.