Onward NRV Participates in Eggs & Issues Panel

Onward NRV Participates in Eggs & Issues Economic Development Panel

Onward NRV Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay recently served as a panelist for the Economic Development session of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues program. The event took place on February 2nd at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg.

Samantha served on the panel alongside other economic development leaders in the community. Brian Hamilton, Economic Development Director of Montgomery County, Kevin Byrd, Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, and Samantha discussed the factors that are contributing to economic development success in our region, challenges or barriers to economic development, and exciting opportunities on the horizon for regional success.

Lindsay Akers, Director of Government Relations for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, kicked-off the presentation with a state-wide economic development update and regional highlights. Moderator Scott Tate, Associate Director for Community Innovations at the Virginia Tech Center for Economic & Community Engagement, then led the discussion with the panelists.

“Onward NRV and our region have seen success from our 5-year strategy, Onward 2023. In the past 5 years, collectively, our region has created 2,485 jobs and $546MM in capital investment. This is proof that our region is successful and can continue to be successful with continued partnership and collaboration.” Samantha Livesay noted.

Eggs & Issues is a monthly program put on by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. According to the Chamber’s website, it provides an opportunity for “the community to gather for networking and a presentation on a topic of local, regional, or state internet. Attendance includes experts and leaders on the topic being presented.”


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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