Coalition Touts Impact of Higher Education on Economy

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Business and community leaders call for sustained funding and 70,000 more degrees by 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – June 22, 2009 – Grow By Degrees (, a campaign initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) to promote economic growth through high-impact investment and innovation in Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges was formally launched today in a series of press events throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Grow By Degrees advocates a sustained, long-term program of higher education investment and reform, embodied in state law, to ensure affordable access for Virginia students and to generate strong economic activity and growth revenues for the Commonwealth.