Executive Director Charlie Jewell appeared on a recent episode of Blue Ridge PBS’s Business Matters to discuss the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Virginia’s New River Valley. During the episode “Regional Partnerships Moving the Economy Forward”, Charlie participated on a panel with John Hull, Executive Director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, and Jamie Glass, Director of Economic Development for the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.
Host Gene Marrano asked Charlie, John, and Jamie questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, business attraction, quality of life initiatives, and talent attraction in their respective regions. He also had the panelists explain regionalism in their communities and how localities within the three regions work together to support economic development. Charlie responded by saying, “What I love about regional economic development organizations in Virginia… is that they are a bottom-up approach. We’re not funded or mandated by the federal government or the state government, but it was the localities within the footprints of each of our organizations that chose that it was in their best interest to… form these organizations and work together… That spirit still lives on today [in the New River Valley].”
Watch the full episode of Business Matters below.
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.