Onward NRV Supports Local AUVSI Unmanned Systems Symposium

Onward NRV supported unmanned systems in Virginia’s New River Valley this week through the annual unmanned systems symposium hosted by Ridge & Valley chapter of Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

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All photos courtesy of Jon Fleming

Onward NRV sponsored the first day’s lunch and Marketing Manager Abigail Hammack had the opportunity to show the new Virginia’s New River Valley video and speak to the crowd of over 100 on the support and growth of unmanned systems in the region. She also served as the Marketing Committee Chair for the event.

One of the initiatives of Onward NRV’s long-range strategy for the NRV is to support and grow the four targeted industries for the region, one of which is unmanned systems.

Onward NRV also provided attendees with Unmanned Systems targeted industry brochures and other regional information.

This year’s conference theme was “At the Intersection” and focused on challenges and opportunities that increasingly appear at the intersections of fundamental areas, such as human and machine; ground and air; or software and security.

The conference was attended by professionals, educators, and students from all over the US.

If you are with a company, or you know of a company, interested in locating in an emerging hub for unmanned systems, contact Onward NRV Executive Director Charlie Jewell at charlie@onwardnrv.org.

For more conference information, visit the AUVSI Ridge & Valley event website.


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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