Onward NRV Highlights NRV Experience at WEDN Conference

Executive Director Katie Boswell had the honor of showcasing the NRV Experience internship program on February 22, 2024, at the Women’s Economic Development Network (WEDN) Learn and Lead Forum. Established in 2016, WEDN is committed to fostering leadership development, professional growth, discussions on current economic development trends, and strategic networking.

During the event, Katie delivered a presentation during one of the forum’s SPARK! sessions. These sessions provide attendees with insights into best practices employed by various economic development organizations . Katie specifically highlighted the NRV Experience internship program, underscoring its effectiveness as a tool for talent retention. Subsequently, she engaged in discussions about the program with fellow conference participants.

Discover more about the NRV Experience here.

Learn more about the Women’s Economic Development Network 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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