Onward NRV Hosts the 2023 Winter Investor Luncheon at New River Community College

Onward NRV hosted their investors at New River Community College for the 2023 Winter Investor Luncheon Thursday, December 14th. The event was sponsored by Freedom First Credit Union (FFCU).

Executive Director Katie Boswell welcomed elected officials, board members, investors, and guests to the luncheon. Spencer Lowry of Freedom First Credit Union spoke about FFCU’s mission and vision as well as their commitment to the communities they serve.

Boswell then updated the investors about recent career fairs attended by Onward NRV staff and gave the results of the Fall 2023 digital marketing talent campaigns that were designed to promote job openings and in-demand careers in the targeted industries of manufacturing and technology.

After the Onward NRV update, Boswell welcomed a panel of leaders from across the New River Valley to give the investors the chance to hear about the state of the region. The panelists included Floyd County Administrator Linda Millsaps, Giles County Tourism Director & Economic Development Coordinator Cora Gnegy, Montgomery County Deputy County Administrator Chris Lawrence, Pulaski County Economic Development Director Michael Solomon, and the City of Radford City Manager David Ridpath. Each panelist had the opportunity to update investors on successes and challenges that their community is facing.

Onward NRV would like to thank Freedom First Credit Union for sponsoring the Winter Investor Luncheon and to the 110+ businesses and organizations who support Onward NRV’s mission through their continued investment.


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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