Onward NRV Attends Local AUVSI Symposium

Onward NRV Attends Local AUVSI Symposium

Onward NRV supported the AUVSI Ridge and Valley Chapter Symposium on Unmanned Systems on October 26, 2021. Director of Marketing Katie Boswell attended the symposium on behalf of Onward NRV. 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.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Partnerships for Autonomy”, and the event took place at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Torc Robotics CEO Michael Fleming was the keynote speaker. Jamey Jacob of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute gave the spotlight address. Onward NRV sponsored the lunch for the symposium and promoted the Virginia’s New River Valley branding.

AUVSI stands for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. AUVSI is “the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics”. The local Ridge and Valley chapter was organized by NRV industry stakeholders “to increase the visibility of the many unmanned systems assets our region offers”.

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

Learn more about the AUVSI Ridge and Valley chapter here, and 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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