Onward NRV, formerly known as the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.
Onward NRV is always striving to move the region forward; it’s an organization that gets things done.
We are composed of 4 dedicated staff members, 32 active board members, and over 115 businesses and organizations who see the value of the organization and invest in our mission. From our office in Blacksburg, we keep a finger on the pulse of our region to ensure that we’re developing and executing strategies that benefit the overall health and well being of the New River Valley.
We are proud to rally our community, bring people together, and declare “ONWARD, NRV.”
What We Do
To create economic success for Virginia’s New River Valley, Onward NRV is executing a long range strategy for the region called Onward 2023. The five-year plan uses a modern, holistic approach to economic development that focuses Onward NRV’s attention on accomplishing the following four goals:
- INDUSTRY – Support and grow our four targeted industries to stimulate job opportunities and investment in the region.
- TALENT – Attract and retain talent to strengthen targeted industries and grow communities.
- PLACE-MAKING – Cultivate regional assets and Virginia’s New River Valley branding to foster economic vitality.
- REGIONALISM – Be a modern, regional economic development organization that unifies the region.
Our highly professional team provides free, confidential services to companies considering projects in the New River Valley. Whether you’re a business interested in relocating to the region or a company already here needing to expand, we stand ready to assist you. Contact Us
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns, each with their own unique vibe and appeal, and world-class universities that offer an abundance of cultural and social offerings. It’s home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies in advanced manufacturing, IT, unmanned systems, and food processing & agribusiness. The regions’ scenic beauty fosters a deep connection to nature and access to outdoor activities. Learn More
How to Join
WHY INVEST WITH US?
Your investment will have an impact on the region. Over 115 businesses and organizations have Joined the Movement by investing in Onward NRV and our bold, new five-year strategy for the region. As part of our five-year strategic plan, Onward 2023, our goal is to stimulate $180 million in new capital investment and the creation of 1,720 direct jobs. If you are not currently an investor, please consider joining today to support our bold vision for the region.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
As an investor, you will join an elite group of professionals and organizations contributing to the economic success of Virginia’s New River Valley. You’ll receive exclusive invitations to Onward NRV quarterly investor events where you’ll hear from influential speakers, receive updates on our program of work, and be able to network with leaders from around the region in industry, government and higher education. You will also receive email updates and announcements and have opportunities to bring exposure to your business or organization.