2020 Summer Investor Social

Onward NRV Hosts Summer Investor Social at Sinkland Farms

Onward New River Valley hosted their Summer Investor Social at Sinkland Farms on Thursday, July 16, 2020. This event was the first that Onward NRV hosted in a hybrid format, which allowed investors the opportunity to attend the event either in person or via live stream on YouTube.

Charlie Jewell, Executive Director of Onward NRV, began the event by discussing the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Virginia’s New River Valley. He also highlighted the progress of the NRV Experience, an initiative through the Onward 2023 five-year strategy that is designed to enhance the experiences of students completing summer internships in Virginia’s New River Valley.

2020 Summer Investor Social Charlie Jewell

The featured speaker for the event was Dr. Noelle Bissell, Health Director of the New River Health District. Dr. Bissell spoke about the health district’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic response. She also took questions at the end of her presentation to allow the attendees to learn more about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the NRV.

Thank you to all the investors who attended the Summer Investor Social either in-person or virtually. Watch the replay of the live stream event below.

This event was sponsored by Cowan Perry PC.


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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