Conaway B. Haskins III
Conaway B. Haskins III is currently the statewide Extension Specialist for Economic Development in the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He initiates and leads a number of partnerships and programs for Virginia Cooperative Extension supporting entrepreneurship, placemaking, social innovation, and sustainable development. He is a faculty affiliate in the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development.
Haskins previously served as Executive Director of the Virginia Community Economic Network and has over 15 years of practitioner experience in the higher education, nonprofit and government sectors at the local, state, and national levels. He earned a Masters of Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a B.A. in Government & Politics with honors and distinction from George Mason University, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for a Better South, is an Innovation Facilitator for the National eXtension Foundation, and is an active volunteer with the Virginia Economic Developers Association.