Onward NRV presented about the New River Valley and the region’s unmanned systems industry during the Virginia session of SelectUSA’s UAS Virtual Inbound Investment Mission in January 2021. Executive Director Charlie Jewell shared the benefits of locating in the NRV for international unmanned aerial systems companies. The hour-long session also featured presentations from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), and Wing.
Throughout the four-day virtual event, SelectUSA provided UAS companies from Europe and the Middle East the opportunity to learn more about the seven U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Test Sites. Virginia’s New River Valley is home to one of the seven sites, which is located at the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.
Learn more about the unmanned systems industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.
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.