Onward NRV Represents Region at Game Changer Week Block Party

Onward NRV recently represented Virginia’s New River Valley at the Game Changer Week Block party at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) on September 7, 2023. Onward staff had the opportunity to speak about the New River Valley with higher education students and those who are innovating in the technology sector in the region. They also had the opportunity to spread brand awareness by handing out NRV merchandise.

Game Changer Week 2023 was the third year of the event, which is collaboratively organized by the VTCRC, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), and other Virginia technology leaders. The purpose of the weeklong event is to help “connect generations of game changers including panels and guest speakers that have founded well-known companies; access to capital programs for entrepreneurs in various growth phases; and all the people contributing to make our region competitive in the world-wide tech ecosystem.”

Attending such events aligns with Goal 3 of Onward’s five-year strategic plan of marketing the region as a competitive destination for talent and companies.

To learn more about Game Changer Week, click here.

To learn more about the Onward 2028 strategic plan, click 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.

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