Onward NRV in the News

NRV Economic Recovery Highlighted in Roanoke Times

The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact on Virginia’s New River Valley was recently highlighted in an article in the Roanoke Times. In the article, Onward NRV’s Executive Director Charlie Jewell spoke with reporter Luke Weir about the region’s current recovery and path forward.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Employment took a similar dive in the New River Valley, where more than 12,000 jobs were lost between February and May 2020, representing a 16% cut of the market, said Charlie Jewell, executive director of Onward NRV, the region’s economic development organization.

“In terms of recovery, we’ve regained 73% of those jobs,” Jewell said.

All but about 3,400 New River Valley workers in Radford and the counties of Giles, Pulaski, Floyd and Montgomery are back at the job, bringing the employment total to 73,500 workers as of December.

Read the entire article, titled “Roanoke, New River valleys’ economic recovery continues, but not for all”, from the Roanoke Times here.


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.

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