Onward NRV Showcases the NRV at Local Public School Career Fairs

Onward NRV recently attended CTE career fairs at public schools in Giles County and Pulaski County. The Giles County Career and Job Fair was held at Narrows High School on November 1st, 2023, and the Pulaski County Manufacturing Expo Day was held at the new Pulaski County Middle School on October 27th, 2023.

Both career fairs gave Onward NRV staff the chance to showcase the innovative opportunities in the New River Valley to a younger talent audience. Senior Director of Business Engagement Samantha Livesay and Talent Strategies Coordinator Max Davenport shared with students at Pulaski County Middle School about the benefits of staying in the New River Valley. At the Giles County Career and Job Fair, Samantha was able to ask the students questions about the region and engage them about their future career plans.

The career fairs also provided Onward NRV with the opportunity to spread brand awareness and hand out NRV merchandise to local talent, encouraging them to take pride in their region.

Attending local career fairs for K-12 in the region coincides with Onward NRV’s strategic plan goals to attract and retain talent to support regional growth and to spread brand awareness throughout the NRV.

Learn more about the Onward 2028 strategic plan 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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