Onward NRV Attends SSG 2024 Annual Conference

Executive Director Katie Boswell attended the Site Selectors Guild 2024 Annual Conference on behalf of Onward NRV from April 3-5, 2024. The three-day event in Nashville was filled with valuable insights from site selectors and opportunities to network with economic developers from across the country.

Boswell represented Virginia’s New River Valley during two rounds of Table Talks, where economic developers engage directly with site selectors to promote their regions, ask questions about current trends, and build relationships. She also attended two breakout sessions on relevant topics, listened to a business case study on the site selection process, and participated in a question-and-answer breakout room where a group of southeast economic developers got to ask questions to a panel of site selectors.

During the final session of the conference, members of the Guild unveiled the 2024 State of Site Selection Report. This biannual report was first released in 2020 and is an invaluable resource which highlights “the issues that are impacting corporate decision-makers and their advisors”.

Learn more about the Site Selectors Guild annual conference here.

Learn more about Onward NRV’s efforts to attract and grow business 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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