Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.10c - Transportation, Communications, and Technology

The student will demonstrate an understanding of Virginia government, geography, and economics by

c) explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia’s prosperity and role in the global economy.

Adopted: 2015


  • Various organizations help people achieve their individual economic goals.
  • Changes to the infrastructure of a society (transportation, communications, institutions) affect the growth of decline of the society.
  • Technology has changed throughout history.
  • Advances in technology facilitate economic growth and political power.


Advances in transportation, communications, and technology have facilitated migration and led to economic development in Virginia.

Industries in Virginia produce goods and services used throughout the United States and the world.


Virginia’s transportation system, which includes highways, railroads, air transportation, and shipping, moves raw materials to factories and finished products to markets. Virginia exports agricultural and manufactured products, including tobacco, poultry, coal, and large ships.

Virginia has a large number of communications and other technology industries.

Tourism is a major part of Virginia’s economy.

Because many federal government workers live and/or work in Virginia, the federal government has a significant impact on Virginia’s economy.

Virginia has increased trade relationships with other countries.


Updated: May 18, 2018