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.

Huge crowd seated at the Onward NRV Spring luncheon

Spring Luncheon Recap

Onward NRV set another attendance record with 105 registrants at the Onward Spring Luncheon last week! Held at The Farmhouse in Christiansburg, the event was sponsored by Hurt & Proffitt, an Onward NRV investor.

The quarterly luncheons 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.

The program featured the a welcome from Board Chairman Ed Lawhorn and quarterly update from Executive Director Charlie Jewell.

Instead of one keynote speaker, the agenda featured three panelists that discussed recent projects in the New River Valley. Speakers included:

  • Lydeana Martin, Community and Economic Development Director for Floyd County
  • Brian Hamilton, Director of Economic Development for Montgomery County
  • Michael Solomon, Economic Development Director for Pulaski County
  • Marty Holliday also provided an update on the work readiness program for the New River Valley.

    Missed the luncheon? View the Onward Organization Update slides here.

    hurt and proffitt onward nrv

    Thank you to all who attended the Winter Luncheon. A special thank you to the event sponsor Hurt & Proffitt.

    We’ll see you at our next luncheon on June 14!

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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.

    News title header graphic, Onward NRV

    From Roanoke Times: Inside block.one

    Take a look inside block.one.

    “It hopefully puts us at the forefront of the curve of that industry. Having a company like that helps put us on the map for other companies that are also striving to be in that sector.” -Onward NRV Executive Director Charlie Jewell.

    Read more about cryptocurrency technology in Virginia’s New River Valley from Jacob Demmitt at The Roanoke Times.

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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 Debuts New Ads at ROA

    New River Valley, VA – Onward NRV has officially published new ads at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), which feature the new “river stone” regional branding.

    The message focuses on the location of Virginia’s New River Valley, as well as what it’s like to live, work, and do business in our region.

    See the ads below:

    Let us know if you see the ads by sharing on New River Valley Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

    For more information, contact Marketing Manager Abigail Hammack.

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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 both 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.

    Winter Luncheon Recap

    Onward NRV hosted it’s last quarterly event of the 2017 calendar year. The Winter Luncheon was held at Radford University’s Kyle Hall last Thursday, December 14. The event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, was attended by approximately 50 people.

    The program featured networking, a welcome from Board of Directors Vice-Chair Dennis Reece, lunch, an organizational update from Executive Director Charlie Jewell, and a presentation by keynote speaker Sarah Watt House, VP and Economist at Wells Fargo Securities. House updated the audience about the state of the national and local economy and economic predictions for the coming year.

    View the Onward Organization Update slides here.

    View Sarah Watt House’s presentation slides here.

    Thank you to all who attended the Winter Luncheon.

    A special thank you to Wells Fargo, RU catering and event staff, Kevin Kilgore, Sarah Watt House, Dennis Reece, and Tabitha Hodge for her 12+ years of service to our organization.

    We’ll see you at our next luncheon in the Spring!

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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 both 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

    Company: Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (d.b.a. Citizens)

    Type of business: Telecommunications

    Mission: Our Mission is to provide quality service, excellent support, and advanced technology.

    What makes Citizens 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. Thus credit is given to the lineage in the company name — Citizens.

    With more than 100 years of innovation behind us, we’ve withstood the test of time and have experience you can rely on. Citizens remains a Membership Cooperative — owned by members who are also our customers. Today, Citizens provides VoIP (digital phone service), IPTV, web and email hosting, DSL, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premise) services as well as Business Ethernet and FTTH (Fiber to the Home). We have most recently expanded our product offerings to include medical alert services and monitored Security & Automation products for business and residential clients.

    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 does Citizens contribute to the mission of Onward NRV?
    We are not only headquartered in the NRV, 95% of our 64 employees live, play, and shop here. Our employees are very involved and committed to the communities they live in.

    Citizens embraces new technology; we help local families and businesses understand and use it to their benefit. We recognize our role in providing the foundation, the network.

    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 enterprises services directly to customers and and wholesale transport services to ISPs in Virginia and North Carolina.

    We routinely partner and discuss with local and state government agencies the deployment of advanced broadband services and how to remove barriers.

    What’s new with Citizens?
    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.

    This year we broke ground on a multi-year FTTH (fiber to the home) buildout in our ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) footprint which is primarily Floyd County and the edges of the surround counties. We also just announced that we will be launching Gigabit Residential Broadband service to FTTH Customers sometime in 2018.

    For more information, visit Citizens.

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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 both 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 Congratulates Montgomery County’s Purchase of 124 Acres to Expand Falling Branch

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VA – Montgomery County’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) will close on the 124 acres of property adjacent to the County’s Falling Branch Corporate Park at a cost of $2.5 million (or roughly $20,161 per acre) today, November 21, 2017.

    “This is a step forward in diversifying opportunities both for existing businesses within Montgomery County to expand as well as to attract new businesses,” said Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chair, Chris Tuck.

    “This purchase allows us to increase our tax base, which will potentially lead to the creation of new jobs with the advent of current businesses having the necessary space to grow as well as new businesses entering Montgomery County,” said Tuck.

    The EDA entered into a contract with Cox Family Farms, LLC on May 27, 2017. Upon entering into the contract, the EDA had 180 days to perform due diligence on the property, which included the rezoning request process as well as geotechnical and environmental studies. Rezoning applications with both Montgomery County and the Town of Christiansburg were filed for the property on May 30. Rezonings with both the County and the Town were completed and approved by September 26.

    “Prior to this planned expansion of Falling Branch Corporate Park, the largest lot available was about 16 acres, making it a challenge for Montgomery County to attract businesses that need larger lot sizes, said Tommy Loflin, Chair, EDA. “I’m happy we have addressed this issue and are making great strides in expanding the corporate park.”

    Currently, Falling Branch Corporate Park is comprised of a total of 175 acres, with 146 acres occupied by businesses including Aeroprobe Corporation, Backcountry.com, DISH Network, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Inorganic Ventures, Polymer Solutions Inc., and Prestar Packaging, The recent purchase will add 124 acres to the existing available 29 acres.

    “I’d like to congratulate Montgomery County on acquiring this land,” said Charlie Jewell, Executive Director, Onward New River Valley. “The property is highly attractive for larger projects and will aid our efforts to attract new businesses to the area. We look forward to working closely with the County to begin marketing this asset to prospective businesses.”

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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 both 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.

    Coming Soon: Winter ’17 Investor Luncheon

    UPDATE: Date changed to Thursday, Dec. 14.

    Join Onward NRV for our latest quarterly investor lunch! Our events have been steadily growing in attendance and get more exciting with each occurrence. We’re exciting to announce our keynote speaker is Vice President and Economist of Wells Fargo Securities Sarah Watt House.

    Sarah House is a vice president and economist with Wells Fargo Securities. Based in Charlotte, N.C., she covers the U.S. macro economy, including the labor market, manufacturing sector, and inflation trends. She regularly writes indicator reports, produces special commentary, and contributes to the company’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary.

    Sarah frequently speaks about the economy to the national media, including Bloomberg News and National Public Radio. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Sarah worked as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

    Sarah earned a B.A. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MSc in local economic development from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the National Association of Business Economics and the Charlotte Economics Club.

    Onward NRV thanks Wells Fargo for their generous sponsorship of the event.

    Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Time: 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
    Location: Radford University Kyle Hall Howe St, Radford, VA 24141

    Check back here for more information regarding location.

    For any additional questions about the event, Sarah Watt House, or Wells Fargo, contact Tabitha Hodge at thodge@onwardnrv.org