Onward NRV Attends AUVSI Xponential 2022

Onward NRV attended the 2022 AUVSI Xponential Symposium on Unmanned Systems held on April 25th-28th in sunny Orlando Florida. Executive Director Katie Boswell and Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay were in attendance on behalf of Onward NRV.

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

Attending this yearly symposium is one of the ways that Onward NRV supports existing industry competitiveness in the region which is part of Goal 1 in the organization’s five-year strategy. This year Onward also co-sponsored the VIPC Virginia booth with other Virginia based economic developers and Unmanned Aerial Systems companies from across the state.

.Several NRV-based companies were in attendance including Aeroprobe, Moog, and Wing. The region is also home to the Ridge & Valley Chapter of AUVSI, which was formed to “increase the visibility of our region’s many unmanned systems assets and help connect the regional, national, and international stakeholders in this domain”. The organization is also involved in higher education including Virginia Tech’s student chapter.

For more information about this year’s symposium, click here.

Learn more about AUVSI here.

Learn more about unmanned systems in Virginia’s New River Valley 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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