Onward NRV Attends 2023 Virginia Consultants Forum

On May 15th – May 17th, Onward NRV joined site consultants and other economic development organizations from across the Commonwealth at the 2023 Virginia Consultants Forum in Virginia Beach. The 2023 Virginia Consultants Forum was sponsored by the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) and Team Virginia, which is a partnership between the Virginia Chamber Foundation and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).

Onward NRV Executive Director Katie Boswell traveled to Virginia Beach to attend the conference and workshops. Katie was able to network and learn from site consultants who help businesses select where to expand or relocate.

Over the course of the conference, site consultants provided programming for the economic developers through panels and interactive presentations to promote best practices for site development and marketing regional assets. Additionally, there were two rounds of table talks where the economic developers had the opportunity to speak to the consultants in small groups and ask relevant questions.

This event was a great tool to help foster Onward NRV’s relationship with site consultants and continue the conversation about doing business in Virginia’s New River Valley.

See the full agenda of the Virginia Consultants Forum 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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