The NRV Economic Vitality Summit is an initiative created through Onward NRV’s five-year strategy. The purpose is to promote collaboration within the NRV by bringing key partners in the economic development realm together twice a year to encourage communication and identify areas of common interest.
There were six different topics of discussion however the key theme across the majority of the topics was talent. Some of the projects that were shared include:
The biggest topic of discussion resonated around recruiting and retaining diverse talent in the region. Each community is currently taking small steps to increase and support minority members, however everyone at the table expressed interest in continuing the conversation on a larger scale and many economic development partners will be meeting offline to discuss next steps in order to support this initiative.
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.