Onward NRV Promotes Region at Local Robotics Competition

Onward NRV Highlights Region at Local Robotics Competition

Onward NRV highlighted Virginia’s New River Valley during the FIRST Chesapeake Robotics Competition hosted at Blacksburg High School on Saturday, March 4th. Samantha Livesay, Director of Business Engagement, was the featured speaker during the opening ceremony for the competition. Over 30 teams and approximately 1,200 attendees heard why Virginia’s New River Valley is a natural fit and a great place to live and work.

Samantha’s presentation included a welcome to the region, an overview of Onward NRV, highlights of our targeted industries, then concluded with the Virginia’s New River Valley video. Afterwards, Onward NRV had a table where Samantha was able to engage with attendees and give out NRV logo stickers.

One student came up to Samantha and stated, “I have always been told, ‘The jobs are in Northern Virginia. If you want to be successful, you will have to move back.’ But, after hearing you speak and seeing the video, I feel confident in my choice and attending Virginia Tech. Clearly, there are jobs here in the NRV, and opportunities for me to be successful!” This is just one of the many positive statements that Samantha heard about the region from both students and adults after her presentation.

Attending events like the FIRST Robotics Competition meets Onward NRV’s goal of talent attraction and retention by promoting the livability story of Virginia’s New River Valley.

To watch news coverage of the FIRST Robotics competition from WSLS, click here.

To learn more about Onward NRV’s other talent initiatives, click 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.”

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