Onward NRV was featured in a recent WDBJ7 news story about the state of housing in the New River Valley. WDBJ7’s Jen Cardone interviewed Director of Business Engagement James Cabler about the recently published NRV Regional + Local Housing Study and the state of housing in the region. The study was completed by the New River Valley Regional Commission, the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and HousingForward Virginia to identify and address current housing needs in Virginia’s New River Valley.
In his interview, James focused on how NRV housing availability affects regional talent attraction. According to James, “Housing availability is definitely something that from a talent attraction standpoint is paramount. The more affordable housing that’s available in the New River Valley, the better it is for the entire economy of the region.”
Watch the full interview 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.