Onward NRV Annual Dinner Hits Record Attendance

The Onward NRV Annual Dinner hit record attendance with 150 people at the event last Thursday at the German Club, which included a networking cocktail hour, dinner, a regional and organizational presentation, and a keynote speech and Q&A session from Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.

Secretary Todd Haymore conducts a Q&A Session with guests at Onward NRV Annual Dinner.

Onward NRV gives extra thanks to the event sponsor, Virginia Health Alliance, for an overview about the future of affordable healthcare from Becky Pollard and their generous contribution, which made the annual dinner possible.

Mr. Jack Morris & Mrs. Terri Morris

The event began with the networking portion, (sponsored this year by The Orange Bandana and Turner Long Construction) which is a great time for investors, allies, sponsors, and guests to mingle and learn more about the opportunities in the NRV.

Onward NRV Executive Director Charlie Jewell gave an update for both the region and organization that covered recent branding and targeted industries initiatives as well as celebrated the successes of the region and the future growth expected in the NRV.

Jewell also spoke to the immense progress the organization has made in its fundraising goal. Onward NRV increased this year’s budget by $28,742. With 13 new investors, 14 investor increases, and 61 investment renewals, it’s clear that the mission of Onward NRV is heavily supported. If you’re interested in growing Virginia’s New River Valley and helping to close the $11,450 gap, download an Investor Brochure, or contact Onward NRV at info@OnwardNRV.org.

Slides from the presentation can be found below.

Keynote speaker, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, spoke on the current state of Virginia’s healthy economy and his hope for the future of the commonwealth. Many leaders and organizations in Virginia and the New River Valley are committed to growing Virginia’s economy and ensuring it has a flourishing future.

Secretary Todd Haymore & Mrs. Julie Jewell

Staff at Onward NRV would like to again thank the sponsors that helped make this event possible. A special thank you is also extended to all the Onward NRV investors who believe in the mission of the organization and support strategic growth in Virginia’s New River Valley.


Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for a beautiful 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.

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