Onward NRV Attends 2023 AVUSI Xponential

Onward NRV attended the AUVSI Xponential Symposium on Uncrewed Systems on May 8th-11th in Denver, Colorado. Onward NRV Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay attended on behalf of Onward NRV.

AUVSI stands for the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International and is “the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics”.

Onward co-sponsored the Virginia booth with the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at VIPC and other Virginia-based economic developers. Samantha also conducted outreach meetings with staff from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and Montgomery County Economic Development to recruit attending companies to locate in Virginia and the New River Valley.

Attending Xponential is one of the ways that Onward NRV supports the existing uncrewed systems industry in the region. NRV companies Aeroprobe, Moog, The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) and Wing were also in attendance.

Learn more about the annual AUVSI Xponential Symposium here.

Industry leaders, researchers and partners have collaborated to make Virginia’s New River Valley one of the strongest regions in the U.S. for the Uncrewed Systems sector. Discover how the NRV is “A Natural Fit” for your Uncrewed Systems business 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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