Onward NRV Hosts Winter Social at Hotel Floyd

Onward NRV hosted their winter quarterly investor event at Hotel Floyd this December.

The focus of the winter social was the food processing and agribusiness industry in the New River Valley. Investors heard about the hemp industry from Kelli Scott with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Derek Wall from The Buffalo Hemp Company. Kelli shared some of the research happening with Virginia Tech and the variety of products that the hemp industry currently produces while Derek talked about his experience running a hemp company and all of the challenges and rewards that come with the business. Additionally, investors were able to sample moonshine from 5 Mile Mountain Distillery in Floyd.

Thank you to all of those who attended the winter social. Make sure to save the date for our Spring Reception on March 12th! Sponsorships for our events are still available. Contact James@OnwardNRV.org for more information.


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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