VIP Media Day @ the VTCRC

Sep 18, 2018 -

Space is limited!

Media Day

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Weather statement: VIP Media Day will still take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
We look forward to hosting media and guests.

Media MUST confirm attendance by Friday, Sept. 14 in order to participate.
Media may contact Melissa Vidmar for any questions.

VIP MEDIA DAY is an opportunity for local, regional and national media outlets to get a first-ever exclusive look into the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC), located in Blacksburg, VA, and adjacent to Virginia Tech.

Invited media will be paired with companies whose research and development interest you the most and media will leave with exclusive content and expert contacts for future editorials, video, blogs, etc. The VTCRC looks forward to your presence as we showcase our national and global footprint. Plus, complimentary helicopter flyovers provided by Summit Helicopters, Inc., so that you may get a rare bird's eye view of the 230-acre research park, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

  • Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
    Blacksburg, VA 24060 {Google Maps} {Campus Map}
  • Location hub for VIP Media Day: Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport
    540-231-4444 | 1601 Research Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060


  • ATTENDANCE/INQUIRIES: If you have questions or want to inquire how your media outlet might obtain a press pass, please contact Melissa Vidmar, Business Development & Communications Manager, by email. *** Video conferencing to conduct interviews is available.
  • LODGING: For media who may require lodging 9/17, 9/18 or 9/19, please call the Courtyard Marriott Blacksburg at 540-552-5222 and reference VTCRC Media Day or reserve online. Rate is $99 + tax.

Air: The closest major airport is the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, located about 38 miles northeast of Blacksburg. It is serviced by Allegiant Air, American, Delta, and United Airlines, which connect to leading metropolitan cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, NYC/LaGuardia, Orlando/Sanford, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Washington, DC.

Ground Transportation: For any ground transportation you may need after your flight arrival, visit:

  1. Roanoke Airport Ground Transportation
  2. Roanoke Airport Transportation Service
  3. Smart Way Bus Service
  4. Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National
  • The following cab service is available from the Roanoke Regional Airport: City Cab: 540-815-5050
  • By train: Amtrak Train


LOCATION HUB FOR VIP MEDIA DAY: Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport @ the VTCRC

10:00 a.m.

  • Media, guests and dignitaries arrive
    Media will receive VIP Media Day pass, press kit, personalized schedule, new exclusive press releases announcing new research, products and/or news, and meet your VIP Media Day Ambassadors

10:30 a.m.Doug Juanarena

  • 10:30 a.m. - Joe Meredith, Ph.D. (President & CEO - Download bio) and Dawn Myers CPM (Chief Operating Officer) welcome media, guests and dignitaries
  • 10:40 a.m. - Brief remarks from Doug Juanarena, Serial Entrepreneur (pictured) - {Download bio}

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • A complimentary lunch will be provided and available anytime during this hour

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Media will depart for their exclusive interviews and tour(s) with companies they have been partnered with, plus complimentary helicopter flyover.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Media Mingle: Please enjoy complimentary wine, beer with appetizers as you mingle with local, regional and state dignitaries, VIP guests and research park company representatives
  • Swag bags will be distributed


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Invited media are responsible for their transportation and lodging to the research park. Lunch, media mingle appetizers, shuttle within the park, and helicopter flyover are complimentary. The VTCRC is providing opportunities for media to obtain content for editorials, blogs, etc. and will not pay for stories or interviews by media who attend.


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