Investor Spotlight:Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center


Type of Business:The VTCRC develops a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies. In collaboration with VT, we advance the research, educational and technology transfer missions of the university.

Mission: To develop a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies that matter. In collaboration with Virginia Tech, we advance the research, education and technology transfer missions of the university.

What makes your company special?
The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is in a small minority of highly-successful research parks worldwide that are service-based rather than real estate-based. Most research parks focus on land and building development with little or no ongoing interaction with the tenant. Larger tenants with long lease terms are more desirable for this model. The VTCRC believes that by leveraging its resources for the benefit of its tenants, companies can go faster, building the local economy and generating revenues that can be reinvested by the VTCRC to make it even more attractive and desirable for companies that matter. At the VTCRC, short term, flexible leases are the norm built on a strong partnership of assistance with its tenant companies. The VTCRC assists companies with business, financial, marketing and public relations, and human resource issues in a highly socially-collaborative environment. Citizens is a regional full-service communications and entertainment provider serving rural communities throughout Southwest Virginia. Headquartered in Floyd, Virginia, Citizens is a Membership Cooperative with roots tracing back to 1914 when landline telephone was established in rural Floyd County.



Why do you contribute to the mission of Onward NRV?
Onward NRV and the VTCRC are both focused on the recruitment of high quality companies that will enhance our local economy. Combining the VTCRC’s contribution with others whose businesses will benefit from economic development allows Onward NRV to do a better recruiting job than any entity could do alone. It also allows them to use approaches, like attendance at trade shows, that would be equally cost prohibitive for a single entity.



What is new with VTCRC?
The VTCRC continues to add to its inventory by constructing new buildings. Two research buildings are being developed at the present time. Land adjacent to the VTCRC is being rezoned from research and development to planned residential to allow the construction of three buildings for condos and apartments. It will be a highly desirable location for tenant employees who wish to walk or ride their bikes to work. Completion is scheduled for late 2019. The VTCRC currently consists of 185 tenants who employ over 3,100 people. There are 33 buildings in the research park totaling 1.2 million square feet.

For more information, contact:
Joe Meredith PH.D, President and CEO
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
Phone: 540-961-3600
Joe.Meredith@vtcrc.com
http://www.vtcrc.com/
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Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

Onward NRV Attends Select USA with Local Partners

NEW RIVER VALLEY, VA – Onward New River Valley attended the Select USA Investment Summit, the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the U.S. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the summit brings together companies from all over the world and economic development agencies from all over the U.S. Onward NRV Select USA

Onward’s goal for the exhibition was to make new contacts with businesses looking to expand to the U.S. and encourage them to visit the New River Valley.

Executive Director Charlie Jewell attended the summit with Brian Hamilton (Montgomery County Economic Development Director), Lydeana Martin (Floyd County Community and Economic Development Director), and Michael Solomon (Pulaski County Economic Development Director).

The literature and information provided for guests included:

  • Regional Lifestyle Brochure
  • Regional International Brochure
  • Individual County/City Information Sheets
  • Visit the NRV Postcard
  • Individual Targeted Industry Brochures
  • In order to facilitate conversations and entice people to visit the NRV booth, Onward gave out regionally branded tote bags, sticky notes, pens, and cups.

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Investor Spotlight: New River Computing

    Type of Business: New River Computing is a locally owned IT services company dedicated to serving businesses in the New River Valley. The IT services we provide can help your business to increase revenue, decrease costs, and minimize risk.

    The success of your business is important to the economic growth of our area. We take pride in providing the right computing infrastructure, services, and tools you need to succeed. Our close proximity allows us to respond quickly to service calls, and our expert staff takes pride in their relationship with you and your company.

    Mission: “To provide fast and reliable IT Management support to small and mid-sized businesses in the New River Valley and Roanoke.”

    What makes your company special? We’re the only Microsoft Certified Cloud Service Provider in Southwest Virginia. We believe strongly in the idea of a location and device-independent workplace and the Office 365 suite of tools to manage information. Office 365 is not for everybody, but it is for a bunch of them. We also do all the old-school service stuff, too!.

    Why do you contribute to the mission of Onward NRV? I believe attracting, retaining and expanding the business ecosystem is good for everyone in the New River Valley. The NRV is a great place to live and do business!

    What is new with New River Computing? We’re excited about the advent of Microsoft Teams–we think it is the next killer app. We’re also recently certified to do Office 365 Immersion Experiences for companies interested in either adopting Office 365 or increasing consumption of a product they are already paying for.

    For more information, contact:

    New River Computing
    Phone: (540) 808-2900
    http://www.newrivercomputing.com/

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Summer Reception Recap

    Onward NRV set another summer attendance record with 84 registrants at the Onward Summer quarterly event last week! The event, which is usually a luncheon, changed formats to an evening reception that highlighted Food Processing and Agribusiness in Virginia’s New River Valley. Held at the Pete Dye River Course in Fairlawn, representatives from Bufffalo Mountain Kombucha, Whitebarrel Winery, and Rising Silo Brewery brought beverages and spoke about their products. The event was sponsored by Waldvogel Commercial Properties, an Onward NRV investor.

    Onward Summer Reception

    The quarterly events are a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Virginia’s New River Valley and at Onward. They’ve also become a great networking opportunity for our investors and guests.

    Onward Summer Reception

    The program featured a welcome from Board Chairman Ed Lawhorn and an Onward 2023 campaign update from Dr. John Dooley. Executive Director Charlie Jewell also gave a short update and explained the future of Food Processing and Agribusiness in the NRV. The speakers included Cassie and Scott Pierce (Buffalo Mountain Kombucha), Greg Zielski (Rising Silo), and Dr. Richard Obiso (Whitebarrel).

    Missed the reception? Join us at our next quarterly event, the 2019 Annual Dinner. Stay tuned for more information. Sponsorship for the Annual Dinner is still available. Contact james@onwardnrv.org for more information.

    Thank you to all who attended the Summer event. A special thank you to the event sponsor, Waldvogel Commercial Properties.

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Investor Spotlight: Citizens Telephone Cooperative




    Type of Business: We are a regional full service communications provider offering land-line telephone, VoIP, IPTV Video, web and e-mail hosting, DSL, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premise: Business Ethernet and FTTH, Fiber to the Home), serving 7 counties in Southwest Virginia.

    Mission: To provide quality service, excellent support, and advanced technology.

    What makes your company special?
    Citizens is a regional full-service communications and entertainment provider serving rural communities throughout Southwest Virginia. Headquartered in Floyd, Virginia, Citizens is a Membership Cooperative with roots tracing back to 1914 when landline telephone was established in rural Floyd County.

    With more than 100 years of innovation behind us, we’ve withstood the test of time and have experience you can rely on. Today, Citizens provides VoIP (digital phone service), IPTV, web and email hosting, DSL, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premise) services which includes Business Ethernet and FTTH (Fiber to the Home).

    As we continue to expand into surrounding communities, our commitment to provide the latest in communication technologies remains the same. It is our mission to provide our customers with quality service, excellent support and advanced technology. We have a dedication to customer service that is hard to beat and a commitment to technology.


    Why do you contribute to the mission of Onward NRV?
    We are not only headquartered in the NRV, 95% of our 65 employees live, play, and shop here. Our employees are very involved and committed to the communities they live in.

    Citizens owns and operates a 440 Mile Open Access Network that spans 10 counties, 10 towns, and 3 cities in and around the New River Valley. We offer enterprise services directly to customers and wholesale transport services to ISPs in Virginia and North Carolina.

    We routinely partner with and advise local and state government agencies regarding the deployment of advanced broadband services and how to remove barriers. It is our goal to provide advanced technology to the communities that we serve.


    What is new with Citizens Telephone Cooperative?
    In 2016, Citizens started offering FTTH (fiber to the home) services in the Town of Floyd and started offering Home/Business/Farm Automation Solutions (Internet of Things or IoT) in the NRV, which includes commercial grade surveillance camera systems, access control systems, and automation devices and sensors.

    In 2017, we broke ground on a multi-year FTTH (fiber to the home) build-out in our ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) footprint which is primarily Floyd County and the edges of the surround counties.

    Most recently, we launched Gigabit (1Gbps) Residential Broadband service to FTTH customers and are escaping the bounds of traditional speed services and migrating to broadband plans that are measured just right for the end user.

    At Citizens, we are proud of our heritage and look forward to making history by building a fiber infrastructure for tomorrow’s technologies.


    For more information, contact:
    Citizens Telephone Cooperative
    Phone: 888-501-4791
    bizsolutions@citizens.coop
    https://citizens.coop/
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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT. Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Onward NRV Hosts Tour for Site Consultants

    NEW RIVER VALLEY, VA – With the help of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Onward New River Valley completed a familiarization tour for three site consultants last Wednesday May 23rd, which focused on the theme “Automotive and Automated.”

    In order to make the visit as convenient as possible, VEDP was able to fly the consultants in to the NRV just for the day.

    NRV Site Consultant Tour

    The tour started with a visit to the Volvo Trucks Customer Experience Center where guests heard presentations from Marcus Thompson and Bobby Compton. This visit featured a unique experience: the chance to of drive a semi-truck on the closed test track. This stop on the tour concluded with lunch and a regional presentation by Executive Director Charlie Jewell.

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    The visitors then moved to TORC Robotics for a brief presentation from CEO Michael Fleming and a ride in Asimov, a self-driving car.

    NRV Site Consultant Tour

    Next, the tour headed over to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to tour the Virginia Smart Roads with Andy Schaudt, Project Director for Automated Vehicle Systems at VTTI.

    NRV Site Consultant Tour

    Visitors finished the day with a brief tour of Lane Stadium and the Virginia Tech athletics facilities, for something extra fun.

    NRV Site Consultant Tour

    Each consultant received a book with comprehensive information for: regional demographics, communities in the NRV, each stop of the tour, workforce and talent data, NRV targeted industries, and more. That book can be viewed here! Onward NRV also showed appreciation for the visit with gifts that represented each county/city in the NRV.

    NRV Site Consultant Tour

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Investor Spotlight: Brown Edwards

    Company: Brown Edwards

    Type of Business: Accounting Firm

    Mission:
    Brown Edwards is an organization of select individuals dedicated to providing high quality, timely and personalized public accounting services to our clients and in doing so build long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships in the markets we serve.

    What makes your company special?
    For more than 50 years we have built a reputation for delivering superior service to our clients. Recognized as one of the Top 100 firms in the nation as well as one of the 10 fastest growing firms, we are still, in many ways, a traditional, local firm. We are large enough to provide a broad range of services, yet, small enough to give personal service. We believe communication and personal chemistry are important elements of a successful client relationship. The result of our practice values has been significant growth and the development of extensive knowledge in specific practice areas. With this knowledge, we establish the best and most practical approach to benefit our clients as they move toward achieving their goals.

    Why do you contribute to the mission of Onward NRV?
    We believe strongly in Onward NRV as its mission to the economic growth of the region is of importance to everyone in the community. We have an office here, and many of our staff live in the area and are active in the community. For over 25 years we have been proud to call the New River Valley home.

    What is new with Brown Edwards?
    We are very proud to be named as one of the Top 100 firms in the U.S. by Inside Public Accounting. The survey is based on annual revenue and achieving the Top 100 status is an accomplishment for accounting firms. For us, it demonstrates to our current and future clients that there is a firm in their area with not only the size and resources to deliver industry leading solutions and expertise, but also one that does it in a highly personalized way to develop long lasting relationships. We are also very excited to now offer specialized Information and cyber security consulting ranging from security assessments and consulting to penetration and vulnerability testing to help identify threats to system security. With malicious threats increasing for all kinds of organizations, we have the expertise and experience to help our clients design and implement solid, secure programs for both IT compliance and security.

    For more information, contact:
    Mark Woolwine, CPA
    Brown Edwards Certified Public Accounts
    1715 Pratt Dr, Ste 2700 | Blacksburg, VA 24060
    1328 3rd Street, SW | Roanoke, VA 24016
    Direct: (540) 443-3606
    mwoolwine@becpas.com
    www.becpas.com

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT. Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Investor Spotlight: CowanPerry PC

    Company: CowanPerry

    Type of Business: Law Firm

    Mission:
    CowanPerry is a law firm focused on representing businesses and their owners. We provide experienced legal counsel with nationally recognized expertise in the areas of corporate transactions, intellectual property, tax, business litigation, employee benefits and ERISA, labor and employment, land use, commercial real estate, and succession and estate planning. With attorneys licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and New York, we handle the needs of both emerging companies and established businesses throughout the region from our offices in Blacksburg and Roanoke. We employ state-of-the-art technology to efficiently and cost-effectively meet the complex legal needs of our clients.

    What makes CowanPerry special?
    We recognize that both emerging and successful companies in our region need access to first-rate legal advice, but also need to control the costs associated with obtaining this legal support and advice. We utilize fixed cost monthly retainer agreements to provide our clients access to quality legal services with a predictable cost structure, and act as your company’s general counsel. Our attorneys serve as outside general counsel for technology, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare and other businesses on long-term, successful, monthly-retainer arrangements‚ providing legal services to company executives across a wide spectrum of our legal practice, including timely advice on specific legal questions, corporate compliance, transactional representation and potential litigation matters as they arise.

    Why do you contribute to the mission of OnwardNRV?
    CowanPerry shares OnwardNRV’s mission to market the New River Valley in order to foster job creation and facilitate new investment in our region, and supports the organization by serving as its General Counsel. CowanPerry has drafted and negotiated numerous performance and incentive agreements, lease purchase agreements, and construction contracts for companies establishing operations in the New River Valley. We have assisted with the formation of new U.S. entities for foreign companies operating in the region, and provide turn-key services to assist with all aspects of incorporation, tax planning and legal compliance, and the hiring of a Virginia workforce. We also support local community assets like the New River Land Trust, the Community Foundation, and the Blacksburg Partnership to help build strong communities in our region.

    What’s new with CowanPerry?
    CowanPerry is 5 YEARS YOUNG, and GROWING!
    It is with great gratitude to our team, clients, and friends that we are celebrating our 5th anniversary! Since April of 2013, we have been able to successfully leverage our over 100 years of combined legal experience to help our clients achieve their business goals. We truly appreciate the relationships and opportunities we have to contribute to the growth and economic success of our beautiful southwest Virginia region, and are looking forward to further cementing the roots of our law firm in this community.

    For more information, contact:

    James K. Cowan, Jr., Chairman
    COWANPERRY PC
    250 South Main Street | Suite 226 | Blacksburg, VA 24060
    1328 3rd Street, SW | Roanoke, VA 24016
    Direct: 540.443.2860
    jcowan@cowanperry.com
    www.cowanperry.com

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    Onward NRV Welcomes James Cabler

    NEW RIVER VALLEY, VA – Meet the newest member of the Onward team, Investor Relations & Operations Manager James Cabler.

    Originally from Bedford County, VA, James received his B.S. in Economics from Radford University in 2006. Being at RU helped James discover Virginia’s New River Valley and truly fall in love with the region. He now lives in Christiansburg with his wife Kristyn.

    James previously served as the Vice President of the Blacksburg Market of Freedom First Credit Union and is very experienced in operations and processes, financial reporting, customer service, and business development.

    In his free time, James likes attending Virginia Tech football games and rooting for the Hokies or visiting local wineries and breweries.

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

    New Brochures Showcase NRV Industries

    New River Valley, VA – Onward NRV has officially published new brochures that showcase the region’s competitive advantages in: Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Food Processing & Agribusiness, and Unmanned Systems.

    Through a comprehensive study with the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, Onward NRV identified four key clusters to support and grow in the region. A targeted approach ensures that resources are focused on clusters with the greatest local competitive advantage and return on investment for the region. These clusters, and their corresponding niches, funnel new money into the region, offer higher wages and equitable career pathways, and have strong growth forecasts.

    Each of the brochures is an overview of the industry and is packed with information that’s helpful for people looking to live, work, and do business in Virginia’s New River Valley. The brochures incorporate the River Stone branding and feature notable accolades, higher education assets, quotes from regional leaders, business advantages, and photos from the NRV.

    “These brochures are the culmination of our regional branding and targeted industry initiatives,” said Executive Director Charlie Jewell. “Not only do they look fantastic, but they also embody the spirit of the people and the companies in our region. They’re full of substantial information and will help us raise the visibility of the New River Valley as a hub for these industries.”

    See the NRV targeted industry brochures on the Targeted Industry page, or the drop down menu in the regional website header.

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    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

    Onward NRV: Onward NRV 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 also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.