Onward NRV Participates in 2024 NRCC Career Fair

Onward New River Valley participated in the annual NRV Job Fair hosted by New River Community College (NRCC) on April 3, 2024. The event was a success for Onward NRV, providing an opportunity to directly engage with the thriving ecosystem of local employers and talent within the region. One of the most encouraging aspects of the event was the overwhelming presence of local employers who are actively tapping into the rich pool of talent emerging from the community college.

Senior Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay and Talent Strategies Coordinator Max Davenport experienced significant foot traffic and a high level of engagement from attendees ranging from NRCC students to representatives from local businesses. This event was an excellent opportunity to promote regional employers and career opportunities available through Virginia’s New River Valley Job Board.

In addition to informative discussions, Max was thrilled to distribute regional branded swag items such as t-shirts, trucker hats, and stickers. These branded items not only serve as tokens of appreciation for visitors, but also play a crucial role in increasing brand awareness of Virginia’s New River Valley.

Onward NRV is committed to helping attract and retain talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. As part of their Onward 2028 strategic plan, Onward NRV regularly attends career fairs at New River Community College, Radford University , and Virginia Tech.


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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