Onward NRV Hosts Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

On March 4, 2023, manufacturing leaders from across the region gathered together at the beautiful Holiday Inn in Christiansburg to network and learn about how onsite occupational health and wellness programs could benefit their companies and their employees.

Niki Hale, Senior Director Occupational Health for Carilion Clinic, and Whitney Long, Director of Wellness Services for Carilion Clinic, spoke on the challenges to having a healthy workforce. They also spoke of the benefits of having an onsite wellness program for the employers and the employees. You can learn more about Carilion’s Occupational Health and Wellness program for improving employees’ health, wellness, and safety here.

Rachel Taylor, HR Manager for Corning, followed their presentation by speaking about how Corning’s onsite wellness program has been an asset to both the company and the employees.

Onward NRV hosts Manufacturers Leaders’ Summits twice a year as part of the organization’s five-year strategy to promote economic development in Virginia’s New River Valley.

An overarching goal of the summits is to foster collaboration among our region’s industry leaders as we strive to define common challenges and present opportunities and resources to support the continued growth of the manufacturing industry in the NRV.

Read more about previous Manufacturers Leaders’ Summits here .

Learn more about the manufacturing industry in Virginia’s New River Valley 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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