Onward NRV Staff

Onward 2023 Campaign Surges Over $1.5 Million Goal

Onward New River Valley has surpassed the $1.5 million five-year fundraising goal set by the organization in order to accomplish its five-year strategic plan.

In the past two weeks, Onward NRV received three new five-year commitments totaling $87,500, which pushed the campaign past 106%. The campaign has raised to date a total of $1,585,050.

Onward NRV Campaign

Onward 2023 Campaign Brochure

“We are grateful to have received this level of support from the Virginia’s New River Valley business community,” said Onward NRV Board Chair Ed Lawhorn. “This is a region that works together, and that was shown through the entire fundraising process.”

The Onward 2023 plan is a modern, holistic approach to economic development that focuses on four main points: Industry, Talent, Placemaking, and Regionalism.

“The Onward 2023 plan resonated with the business community, which allowed us to exceed expectations,” said Onward NRV Campaign Co-Chair John Dooley. “Thank you to the leaders that decided to invest in the mission and ensure this bold vision for our region comes to fruition.”

The strategy is estimated to lead to the creation of 3,488 direct and indirect jobs, stimulating $84 million in consumer expenditures over five years.

“The success of the campaign is very humbling, especially to have so many businesses and organizations investing in the future of Virginia’s New River Valley” said Onward NRV Executive Director Charlie Jewell. “We will transition this momentum and use it to continue executing the five-year plan so that we can harness the full potential of the region.”

For more information regarding the campaign and the five-year plan, check out the related blog posts.


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.”

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