Onward NRV Highlights Strategic Goal at Local Employer Munch and Learn

Onward NRV shared their Onward 2028 strategic goal of talent attraction and retention with regional businesses at the Virginia Tech Local Employer Munch and Learn on August 2, 2023. The Virginia Tech event series, sponsored by the Career and Professional Development department, allows for local thought leaders to gain insight and knowledge about a variety of topics throughout the year.

Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay’s presentation highlighted Onward’s partnership with both higher education and the K-12th grades to 25 registered attendees. She also shared about the NRV Experience program and how local employers could enroll their summer interns in next year’s cohort. Onward NRV’s five-year strategic plan highlights the necessity of attracting and retaining talent to support regional growth in the NRV.

Speaking at events like the Local Employer Munch and Learn helps to strengthen the connectedness of the region and allows for Onward NRV to build partnerships in the New River Valley by raising awareness of the organization’s mission and five-year strategy.

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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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