Onward NRV Sponsors Synergy Conference at Virginia Tech

Onward NRV sponsored the first annual Synergy Conference at Virginia Tech on March 1st and 2nd, 2024. The conference was hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity and was focused on encouraging VT graduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields to consider jobs in the New River Valley.

Executive Director Katie Boswell attended on behalf of Onward NRV. She had the chance to interact with student attendees by promoting Virginia’s New River Valley and providing them information about local employers in the Advanced Manufacturing and Tech/IT industries.

Participating in events like the Synergy Conference aligns with Onward NRV’s talent attraction and retention goal from the Onward 2028 strategic plan of retaining college graduates and program completers in the region.

To learn more about the Synergy Conference, click here.

To learn more about Onward NRV’s talent attraction efforts, 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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