Onward NRV Sponsors AUVSI Chapter Fall Symposium

Onward NRV Executive Director Katie Boswell represented Onward NRV at the AUVSI Ridge & Valley Chapter’s Fall Symposium on October 24th. This annual event supports the flourishing uncrewed systems industry in the NRV. Onward NRV was the lunch sponsor for the event and used the opportunity to promote the Virginia’s New River Valley brand.

During the symposium, Katie also had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion titled, “Navigating the Skies Together: Fostering Community Integration, Education, and Acceptance of Drone Technology”. The panelists included Dr. Eleanor Nelsen of Virginia Tech, Alice Griffith of Airspace Link, and Bailey Edwards of Wing. During the discussion, the panelists shared ways that they have effectively engaged with local communities to assist in the acceptance and adoption of drone usage in those communities.

Read more about Onward NRV’s engagement with AUVSI here.

Learn more about the uncrewed systems industry in the NRV 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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