Onward NRV Hosts Fall 2023 Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

On October 17, 2023, manufacturing leaders from across the region gathered together at the Holiday Inn in Christiansburg Blacksburg to network and learn about leveraging talent needs with the local career and technical education directors (CTE).

Kevin White of Giles County Public Schools and Meghan Atkinson of Pulaski County Public Schools had the opportunity to speak to local manufacturers about the CTE programs and opportunities available to them to access the talent graduating from the NRV school systems.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask specific questions about what kind of certifications were available to the students and to share what kind of certifications are needed in their manufacturing operations. They also asked how the students were being trained and what kind of partnerships were available with the CTE programs.

The summits are held to foster collaboration among the NRV industry leaders, giving them a platform to define common challenges while presenting opportunities and resources to support the continued growth of the manufacturing industry in the NRV.

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

Read more about previous Manufacturing Leaders’ Summits here .

Explore 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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