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Economic Impact Award to Go to Founders of EVMS

Old Dominion University's Economics Club of Hampton Roads will present its annual Economic Impact Award to the founders of Eastern Virginia Medical School on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The sixth annual award - whose past recipients include former Gov. Gerald Baliles, director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and G. Robert Aston Jr., founder, chairman and CEO of TowneBank - will be presented at a luncheon, beginning at noon at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside. The event is free for Economics Club members and $40 for non-members. Online registration is available at http://econclubawardlunch.eventbrite.com/#.

Bruce Rubin, executive director of the Economics Club of Hampton Roads, said EVMS is responsible for an annual economic impact to the region of nearly $825 million.

"Dr. James V. Koch has stated: 'The founding of EVMS in 1973 is regarded by many as the most significant single event in our region's history in the second half of the 20th century,'" Rubin said. "What began as a grassroots community effort has continued to grow and benefit the region as a provider of high-quality patient care, trainer of the next generation of health providers and facilitator of cutting-edge research."

Koch, ODU Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus, is editor of the annual State of the Region report for Hampton Roads.

EVMS has research partnerships with ODU biologists, health professionals and engineers that stretch back to when the medical school was founded in the early 1970s.

The Economics Club of Hampton Roads is an organization for business and government executives and community leaders who share an interest in the practical implications of economic principles, trends and events. It was established in 1991 as a community service by Koch, and is administered by the dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, under the supervision of an elected board.

In addition to the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, which includes a morning program with forecasts of the global, national and Hampton Roads economies, the club organizes at least seven other major programs, normally luncheons, each year. They feature top speakers on economic and business issues, especially those which most directly impact the Hampton Roads economy.

For information about the Economics Club, contact executive director Bruce Rubin at brubin@odu.edu or 683-3590, administrative assistant Katrina Davenport at kdavenpo@odu.edu or 683-5138, or visit the website http://bpa.odu.edu/bpa/econcontacts.shtml.