Onward New River Valley hosted their Winter 2020 Holiday Investor Live Stream Event on Thursday, December 10, 2020. During this virtual event, investors learned about the current economic outlook for the New River Valley and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Onward NRV welcomed Brian Ball, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, as the guest speaker for the event.
James Cabler, Director of Business Engagement, began the event by welcoming viewers, thanking Onward NRV’s investors, and sharing a message from the event’s sponsor, First Community Bank. He then turned it over to Executive Director Charlie Jewell.
Charlie reported the results of Onward NRV’s Tech and Manufacturing Industry Competitiveness Surveys conducted in September 2020. The goal of the surveys was to better understand how local information technology and manufacturing companies were operating and adapting in the wake of COVID-19. Charlie then gave a general update about the economic recovery of Virginia’s New River Valley.
During the main portion of the event, Secretary Brian Ball shared how Virginia has been coping with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also discussed initiatives that the Commonwealth will focus on during economic recovery, such as implementing workforce training and reskilling programs, increasing access to broadband to rural communities, working to reshore manufacturing, and continuing economic relief programs to help businesses survive the pandemic.
Secretary Ball ended his presentation with a comment about the resiliency of Virginia businesses. He said “during this pandemic, it’s been remarkable how [businesses] have figured out how to survive and how to thrive. It’s a real testament to people.” After his remarks, Secretary Ball answered questions that Charlie Jewell asked on behalf of Onward NRV investors.
Thank you to everyone who streamed the event live and to the 100+ investors who make Onward New River Valley’s work possible. Watch the replay of the live stream above or on Onward NRV’s YouTube channel.
This event was sponsored by First Community Bank.
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.