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Annual Report 2015

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is a beacon for the region. We are setup to leverage and broker resources for Southern Virginia. Several examples of our “catalyst-like” approach during FY 2015 include: the opening of The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining (Capstone), a record number of STEM Mobile Learning Lab participants (over 10,000 in FY 2015), serving as the host site for the Governor’s First AgBio Conference and the U.S. EPA’s National Conference on Phytoremediation, and actively leading multiple research projects with regional growers, entrepreneurs, and existing industry. We serve our region and precipitate positive change while focusing on four key areas: advanced learning opportunities focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), research with clear paths to commercialization, workforce development, and economic development. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) serves Virginia; however, most of our efforts are focused within the region we serve which includes the counties of Patrick, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, and Mecklenberg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.



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The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves as a regional catalyst for economic transformation. Core focus areas include research that provides a clear path to commercialization, advanced learning opportunities where education meets experience, and economic development through conferencing and a partnership with the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.



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The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will be recognized as a valued regional leader by successfully leveraging resources and partnerships.

Don Merricks, board of trustees chairman

2015 has been a year of progress and excitement at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). Under the leadership of Executive Director Jerry Gwaltney, IALR continues to focus on four key areas specific to positive transformation for our region: Advanced Learning, Applied Research, Economic Development, and Workforce Development. Through a team effort, each member of IALR’s staff is focused on IALR’s mission to be a regional catalyst for economic transformation. The Advanced Learning Department continues to provide educational resources

and programs to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities to students and adults. Activities include our STEM Mobile Learning Lab, internships for high school and college students, summer camps, computer training workshops, STEM-H Summit, and continuing to support and host the Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET) and the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology for students from Danville and Pittsylvania County. The Applied Research Department works with regional growers, entrepreneurs, and existing industry in the areas of agriculture, biotechnology, and polymers. These collaborations have resulted in grant-funded opportunities and research projects highlighting IALR’s work. IALR hosted Governor Terry McAuliffe’s First Agriculture and Industrial Biotechnology

Conference and also hosted the First U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Conference on Phytoremediation. IALR has a strategic partnership with the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA). This partnership is beneficial to both organizations as they both share a common goal of positively contributing to the economic development efforts of Southern Virginia. I am proud to be a part of the excitement and progress at IALR. We are strategic in our efforts and understand our role as a regional leader to successfully leverage resources and partnerships that will continue to move our region forward.

The Honorable Mr. Don Merricks Chairman, IALR Board of Trustees

Kris willard, foundation board president

The IALR Foundation impacted a significant number of individuals through its continued support of Advanced Learning programs during fiscal year 2015. The 2015 Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit was a success with more than 250 attendees. The Summit was supported with Foundation funds and numerous other regional sponsors. The Summit also recognized regional STEM leaders with the first Southern Virginia STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement awards. The Foundation awarded $3,500 in scholarships to graduating

seniors from across the IALR footprint. Recipients were chosen based on their strong applications and interests in pursuing a STEM discipline, furthering IALR’s Advanced Learning Departments’ STEM efforts. Three students enrolled in the first cohort at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining received scholarships from the Foundation totaling $10,000. The Gene Haas Foundation donated $10,000 to the IALR Foundation to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the Capstone Integrated Machining Technology (IMT) Program through Danville Community College at IALR.

The Foundation also provided funding support for eight summer interns at IALR. The interns worked with IALR’s Advanced Learning, Information Technology, and Applied Research Departments. The internship experiences were beneficial to the students, IALR mentors, and ultimately IALR’s economic development efforts in hopes of preparing and attracting highlyqualified workers to our region. I am pleased with the opportunities the Foundation has provided to students and educators in our footprint. We believe these opportunities are a significant investment in IALR’s workforce and economic development efforts.

Kris Willard President, IALR Foundation Board of Directors

Board of Trustees

The Honorable Mr. Donald Merricks, Chairman • Owner/President of J.W. Squire Co. Inc. Mr. Ben Davenport, Vice Chairman • Chairman of Davenport Energy and First Piedmont Corporation Mr. Jim A.L. Daniel • Attorney with Daniel, Medley, and Kirby Dr. Betty Jo Foster • Consultant and part-time Danville Community College Faculty Dr. Tiffany Franks • President of Averett University D.Min. Roy Ford, Jr. • Minister, Retired Business Owner Dr. Guru Ghosh • Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech Dr. Angeline Godwin • President of Patrick Henry Community College Dr. Frank Grogan III • Dentist Mr. Charles Haynsworth III • President of Office Plus Business Centre Mr. Chris Lumsden • President of Halifax Regional Health System Mr. Charles H. Majors • Chairman of the Board, American National Bank & Trust Company Mr. Joe May • Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, EIT Dr. Bruce Scism • President of Danville Community College Ms. Joyce Wright • Retired Educator

Foundation Board

Ms. Kris Willard, President • President of Interiors by Kris Mr. Charles Haynsworth III, Vice President • President of Office Plus Business Centre Ms. Barbara Bass • Retired Educator Mr. Jim A.L. Daniel • Attorney with Daniel, Medley, and Kirby D.Min. Roy Ford, Jr. • Minister, Retired Business Owner Mr. Jerry L. Gwaltney • Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research The Honorable Mr. Donald Merricks • Owner/President of J.W. Squire Co. Inc. Mr. Lott T. Rogers, Jr. • Financial Consultant Dr. Bruce Scism • President of Danville Community College


Mr. Jerry L. Gwaltney

Board of Trustees and Foundation Board Officers

Ms. Nina Thornton • Secretary Ms. Patricia Chatt • Treasurer

The Research Department has shifted its focus over the past year, from basic and fundamental research to more applied research projects based on feedback from regional growers, entrepreneurs, and existing industry. Collaborations include:

• Atlativista Phytoremediation Projects and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Conference • VDACS grant to help improve grape health and growth for the growing viticulture industry • Task Order with Dr. Bob Moore at Virginia Tech specific to the development of a packaging polymer • The development of a mosquito repellent in Impatiens through a collaboration with Baylor University The Department has also worked hard to increase awareness of our organization by actively participating in statewide and national organizations.

development of novel consortia for biostimulant and biopesticide applications • Virus-free purple sweet potato root stock • Hosted Governor’s First AgBio Conference (September 2015) • Hosted first ever U.S. EPA Conference on Phytoremediation highlighting IALR’s research efforts in Altavista

• Disease-resistant cucumber root stock • Development of new tomato germplasm with increased nutritional content

Current Projects:

IALR scientists are working on a variety of projects that could have beneficial impact on the region through new produce to grow, new products to manufacture or new products to research. • Development of endophyte library to use in the

Dr. Scott Lowman and Dr. Chuansheng Mei field test grape vines throughout the region.

The Advanced Learning Department supports IALR’s mission to drive positive change in Southern Virginia through economic and workforce development. Learning opportunities for people of all ages continue to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

region enjoy a high level of exposure to STEM education when they board the STEM Mobile Learning Lab. The lab hosts students at IALR and also travels around visiting schools, neighborhoods, organizations, and community events. The STEM Lab visited every locality in IALR’s footprint.

IALR’s STEM Mobile Learning Lab visited 98 sites with 10,839 participants.

The third annual STEM-H Summit was a success with more than 250 attendees. Sessions included everything from computer programming to an egg-crash engineering challenge. The first annual Southern Virginia STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Awards were established. The STEM Mobile Learning Lab advances K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education by providing quality, hands-on activities for students. Students and educators within IALR’s service “Magical” Fun with Chemistry and Physics

In 2015, IALR continued its commitment to a strategic focus on economic development through its partnership in the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) to promote Southern Virginia both nationally and globally. IALR and SVRA have worked to strengthen relationships with other economic development organizations in the state such as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Mid-Atlantic Broadband, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, and the Port of Virginia.

Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining Ribbon Cutting - May 15, 2015 Over the past year, SVRA has represented the Southern Virginia region at key tradeshows and conferences such as NASFT Foods tradeshow, IMN Data Center Conference, Plastics in Automotive conference, and the Farnborough (UK) Airshow. SVRA met with site selection consultants at networking forums put on by organizations such as IndustryWeek, Expansion

Management, Area Development, Site Selectors Guild, Southern Economic Development Council, and the International Asset Management Council.

The events supported by the Conference Center in FY 2015 included: Iron Horse Auction Company (NC) auction, God’s Pit Crew fundraiser, Master Gardener’s “Spring to Green” Conference, and the 2nd Annual Idea Fest, sponsored by The Launch Place. Smart Beginnings held their 3rd Annual Early Learning Symposium in September with a record attendance of 130 early childhood educators. The keynote address given by Kimberly Johnson, a children’s author and storyteller who captivated the enthusiastic audience.

Attendees came from across the country to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/IALR coordinated twoday workshop focused on the PCB degradation efforts of IALR and other scientists in Altavista. Additional events included Danville Community College’s Annual Scholarship Awards’ Program, Danville Regional Foundation trainings and speaker series, Goodyear job fair, educator training in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education and Radford University, and the Danville Regional Medical Center Residency Graduation.

daily basis to present the best possible food offerings at a reasonable rate in an effort to accommodate the varying needs of our clients. Additionally, we work together for ongoing staff training in order to provide service excellence.

We collaborate with our food partner, Sodexo, on a

Area College Night provided over 450 parents and high school students the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 60 colleges and universities. Hundreds of people attended the Garden Club of Virginia’s annual rose show which is sanctioned by the American Rose Society. STEM-H Summit, April 2015

Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is a progressive precision machining training model that answers industry expressed needs for a highly skilled 21st century workforce. The program is a partnership between IALR and Danville Community College. A key component of this project is a revolutionary concept that incorporates workplace experiential learning in an educational setting by enabling students to train in a full-scale manufacturing work flow cell to support a realistic, fully-integrated learning experience. This first-of-its-kind model of immersive workforce training is derived from a partnership between business, industry, and academia. The program aims to integrate a “real-world” lean flow-cell manufacturing environment with such skills as tool management, advanced testing and measurement, electrical discharge machining, computer numerically controlled grinding, computer numerically controlled milling, computer numerically controlled turning, and business processes.

IALR continues to partner with SoVa Motion and the National Tire Research Center (NTRC) in vehicle related research at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, VA. As the premier force and moment tire test facility, the National Tire Research Center specializes in testing to complement activities performed by global tire and vehicle manufacturers. SoVa Motion/NTRC also serves as IALR’s primary industry voice as the Advanced Learning department looks to develop a career pathway in engineering that leads to advanced degrees for Southern Virginia.

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ollaborative The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research provides project management services and serves as the fiscal agent for the Dan River Region Collaborative. The Collaborative’s signature project is providing leadership for the region’s certified work ready community initiative. Utilizing a sector strategy approach, the Collaborative works with employers to identify training needs and policy changes that create opportunity for jobseekers.

One of the joint projects of the Collaborative and IALR is the Career ChoICE SOVA Youth Expo. Over 300 regional employers and volunteers prepare over 70 hands-on activities to engage middle and high school students and expose them to career opportunities available throughout the region. The two-day event serves approximately 4,000 students from seven school divisions.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Statement of Revenues, Expenses and Changes in Net Position for the years ended June 30, 2015 and 2014. Operating Revenues: Conference center sales & services CafĂŠ sales Non-Federal grants and contracts Federal grants and contracts Donations Program income Rental revenues VIPER revenues Recovered costs Plant sales Other revenues Total operating revenues Operating Expenses: Personnel costs Contractual services & consultants Supplies & equipment maintenance Facilities Telecommunication Utilities Repair and maintenance Equipment Travel Marketing and advertising Miscellaneous Cost of plant sales Depreciation Donations Total operating expenses Operating income (loss)



$436,488 $114,995 $8,298 $62,518 $1,050,000 $210,080 $365,497 $166,571 $308,847 $55,679 $360,506

$354,650 $84,670 $718,679 $250,422 $77,508 $592,293 $161,487 $302,255 $16,205 $155,609



$4,277,719 $1,043,193 $278,043 $940,384 $80,885 $481,769 $588,719 $232,684 $120,735 $47,704 $113,783 $44,623 $992,888 $150,500

$4,054,065 $1,219,231 $254,604 $735,892 $87,013 $497,100 $452,827 $161,145 $94,348 $19,326 $62,313 $6,025 $998,664 -



$(6,254,150) $(5,928,775)



$5,923,002 $152,356 $(114,209) $(249,646) $(3,522) $219 $(7,356) $(292,848) $(63,360) $10,167

$6,166,755 $(2,060) $114,209 $13,616

Total nonoperating revenues (expenses) before contributions and grants $5,354,803


Non-operating Revenues: State appropriations Grant income Gain (Loss) on disposal of capital assets Income tax savings (expense) Donation of assets Investment expense Realized gain (loss) on investment Unrealized gain (loss) on investment Realized gain (loss) on investment in DRP, LLC Interest expense Interest income

Capital contributions and construction grants: Non-Federal capital grant $675,436 State education equipment grant $162,875

$95,945 $405,882

Total capital contributions & construction grants $838,311


Change in net position Net position, beginning of year

$(61,036) $17,471,753

$865,572 $16,115,633

Net position, end of year



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Annual Report 2015  

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is a beacon for the region. We are setup to leverage and broker resources for Southern Vir...

Annual Report 2015  

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is a beacon for the region. We are setup to leverage and broker resources for Southern Vir...

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